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1819 - New Hartford
New-Hartford is a post town, situated on the eastern border of the county, being 20 miles northwest from Hartford. It is bounded on the north by Barkhamsted, on the east by Canton, in Hartford county, on the south by Harwinton and Burlington, and on the west by Torrington. It is 6 miles in length from north to south, and nearly 6 miles in breadth from east to west, containing 34 square miles...

A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island: Written with Care and Impartiality, from Original and Authentic Materials : Consisting of Two Parts ... : with an Accurate and Improved Map of Each State
Authors John Chauncey Pease, John Milton Niles
Publisher W.S. Marsh, 1819
1825 - The Van Dusen-Chamberlain-Priest House was built in New Hartford
It is located at 540 Main Street.

A few steps to the south, is the house owned by the late Seth K. Priest and occupied by Mrs. E. Y. Morehouse, her two sons and two daughters. It was built in 1825 by Anson Van Dusen [died 1853] who came to New Hartford in 1831 from Claverack N.Y. At first he drove stage on the route from Hartford to Albany, making this his stopping place, driving to and from Hartford every day. The lot on which the house stands was purchased of Capt Harry Cowles for $80, the builder doing the work being Henry Lee of Barkhamsted. Mr. Van Dusen continued as driver on the stage route but about a year, when he engaged in the sale of clocks for William Markham, Jr, and others, which business he continued more than twenty years, traveling through the southern states, but retaining his home in this village. In 1847 he sold the place to Hiram Chamberlain, who carried on the butchering business.

Seth Priest bought the house from Hiram Chamberlain in 1855.

In 1874...

1835 - Asa E. Perkins house built in New Hartford
Built at 584 Main Street, it is a pretty two-story house, with a veranda on the south side and along the front of the ell part, the whole painted a pinkish tint. The house was built by Asa E. Perkins, a cabinet maker, who was well known in this town fifty years ago. He was a brother of Mrs Caleb C. Goodwin and Mrs Grove S. Marsh. Mr Perkins purchased the land of Richard B. Cowles in 1835, and probably built the house immediately after. He lived there a number of years, after which he removed to the hotel in this village, of which he was the proprietor a year or two, when he removed with his family to Michigan, where he died in 1882.

After Mr Perkins, the house was occupied by "Deacon" Wentworth for several years. L. Frank Fuller was its owner and occupant for some years; from his hands it became the property of Mr and Mrs Reed Anderson, an aged couple who resided there from the time of purchase in 1863 until their death. Mr Anderson died April 20, 1878, at the age of eighty-six,... Read MORE...

1836 - Jones-Brooks House was built in New Hartford in 1836
It is located at 598 Main street and was erected about 1836, by Miss Lucy A. Jones for her parents, Mr and Mrs Sylvester Jones. The builder was Henry Lee of Pleasant Valley. The owner of this property afterwards became the wife of Edward A. Brooks, who in former years was a blacksmith in this village. Mr Brooks’ first wife was a daughter of Pitman Stow, who also was an old time blacksmith in the village. Mr Brooks, who, with his family, lived in this house for many years, died in 1875, leaving a daughter, Mary Jane, by his first wife, and a widow who also had one daughter, Julia, who married for her second husband Austin Lee, the son of the contractor who built the house. Mrs Brooks was an accomplished lady, for many years a teacher, having for a considerable period, with her sister Almira (Mrs J. C. Baker), successfully conducted a select school in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Her brother, Herman Leroy Jones, is now living in this village. Her sister, Juliana (Mrs Thomas H. Gault), died in... Read MORE...

1839 - New Hartford
New Hartford, Connecticut
Litchfield county. This town was first settled in 1733. It lies 20 miles N.W. from Hartford and 11 N.E. from Litchfield. Population, 1830, 1,766. The surface of the town is hilly and mountainous. The lands are best adapted for grazing. It is watered by Farmington river and other streams, on which are several mills.

"In the eastern part of this town there is a rough and mountainous district, formerly designated Satan's Kingdom; and the few inhabitants who lived there were in a measure shut out from the rest of mankind. An inhabitant of the town invited one of his neighbors, who lived within the limits of this district, to go and hear Mr. Marsh, the first minister who was settled in the town. He was prevailed upon to go to church in the forenoon. In the course of his prayer, Mr. March, among other things, prayed that Satan's kingdom might be destroyed. It appears that the inhabitant of this district took the expression in a literal and tangible sense,... Read MORE...

HARTFORD (New), a township in Litchfield co. in the state of Connecticut, U.S., 20 m. W by N of Hartford. Pop. 1,703.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1866 - St Paul's Lutheran Church is moved from Barkhamsted to New Hartford by floating it down the Farmington River.
In 1845—46 a Baptist Church and ecclesiastical society was organized in Pleasant Valley (in Barkhamsted), and a neat house of worship was erected. Rev. George B. Atwell became settled pastor in December, 1846, and Hart Doolittle was elected deacon. The church at this time numbered twenty-six. In 1847 the church gained accessions, and for several years continued to grow and prosper, although its membership never exceeded seventy-five. In 1858, Rev. J. J. Bronson succeeded Elder Atwell as pastor. In 1859 the members who resided in New Hartford formed a separate organization, known as a "Branch of the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church." The original church, although reduced in numbers and strength, still retained its vitality, and Rev. T. Wrinkle succeeded to the pastorate, and was ordained in June, 1861. He remained but a few months, and the church was left without a pastor until 1865-66, when the remaining members united with the New Hartford branch, the house of worship was removed to... Read MORE...

1871 - D. E. Hawley received an injury at Springfield, Mass., which paralyzed him.
His wife, at New Hartford, Ct., was notified of his misfortune by telegraph, and fell dead on reading the dispatch. Mr. Hawley reached home the next day, where, in a few hours, his only child died, and left him in his desolate home, alone.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 8, 1871
HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 29. - The village of New-Hartford, in Litchfield County, suffered severely from a fire which broke out in Patrick Myer's saloon at 4 o'clock yesterday morning. This building was totally and speedily destroyed, the fire then communicating with an adjoining wood structure occupied as a saloon and market with tenements overhead. The occupants lost substantially everything. The flames meanwhile swept north and south, destroying two dwelling houses north and enveloping the building of Taylor & Tiffany, which was soon a total loss. The occupant of the first floor was W. S. Gates, who had the second largest store in town. He lost a considerable amount of flour and grain, saving only 30 barrels of flour and 20 bags of grain. Five barns and sheds in the rear used for storage were, with their contents, consumed. A dwelling house, occupied by Mrs. T. C. Wilbur, Miss Nancy Mack, and Arthur G. Stort, was burned down. The Smith Building, corner of Main and Bridge streets, was... Read MORE...

1895 - New Hartford / North End
New Hart'ford, or North End, a post-village in New Hartford township, Litchfield co., Conn., on Farming ton River, and on the Connecticut Western Railroad, at the junction of the Collinsville Branch of the New Haven 4 Northampton Railroad, 20 miles W.N.W. of Hartford. It has a savings-bank, a hotel, 2 cotton-mills, and, including the adjacent village of Pine Meadow, it contains 6 churches. Pop. of the township in 1890, 3160.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
They Had Broken Through the Ice, at New Hartford.

Special to The New York Times.

WINSTED, Conn., Dec. 9. - After a terrible struggle that lasted fifteen minutes in water crested with broken ice, three brothers, Edmund, aged 19, Bennett, 14, and Joseph Moran, 12, of New Hartford, were saved from drawing in the Farmington River in that town late yesterday afternoon through Miss Margaret Corcoran. She was driving, and noticing the three struggling in a hole in the river, whipped up her horse and drove for help.

She returned with William Platt, Chief of the New Hartford Fire Department; Edmund Cadoret, and Mr. Mathin, a blacksmith. She the unblocked the reins and handed them to the men, who went out on the ice as far as they dared and threw the reins to the strugglers. All three got hold of the life line and after their weight had broken a narrow channel ten feet long they were rescued.
The New York Times
New York, New York
December 10, 1905
New Hartford, a post-village in New Hartford township (town), Litchfield co., Conn., on the Farmington River and on the Central New England and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Rs., 20 miles WNW. of Hartford. Pop. of the town in 1900, 3421.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around New Hartford:
Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area:

Start your adventure by exploring the Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area. It offers hiking trails, fishing spots, and beautiful scenery along the Farmington River.

Burr Pond State Park:

Enjoy a day outdoors at Burr Pond State Park. You can go swimming, fishing, or hiking along the trails. The park is especially scenic during the fall when the foliage is vibrant.

Collinsville Historic District:

Take a stroll through Collinsville, a charming historic district. It's known for its quaint shops, art galleries, and the picturesque Farmington River. Grab a coffee, browse through unique boutiques, and soak in the small-town atmosphere.

Farmington River Tubing:

For a more adventurous experience, try tubing down the Farmington River. It's a great way to cool off in the summer while enjoying the natural beauty of the area.

New Hartford Historical Society:

Explore the history of New Hartford at the local historical society. It's ... Read MORE...

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