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Norfolk, Connecticut, USA - The Bungalow, residence of H. H. Jenkins, Norfolk, Conn.  Built in 1907, the Helen Hartley Jenkins Mansion in Norfolk, Connecticut is located at 3

Norfolk, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

Leather-making was a significant industry in Norfolk throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, with tanneries located around town.

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Norfolk Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Norfolk, Connecticut, USA

"The Bungalow," residence of H. H. Jenkins, Norfolk, Conn.

Built in 1907, the Helen Hartley Jenkins Mansion in Norfolk, Connecticut is located at 310-312 Litchfield Road.

Helen Hartley Jenkins was a philanthropist; daughter of Marcellus Hartley and Frances Chester White Hartley.
Bird's-Eye View, Hemlock Hill. Norfolk, Conn.
Norfolk, Connecticut, USA

Bird's-Eye View, Hemlock Hill. Norfolk, Conn.
The Village Green
Norfolk, Connecticut, USA

The Village Green
The Eldridge Gymnasium
Norfolk, Connecticut, USA

The Eldridge Gymnasium

"The Eldridge Gymnasium (now Town Hall) on Maple Avenue was built in1 892 of light-colored Pompeian brick on a granite foundation. It had a vibrantly-colored roof of fluted Spanish tiles (now replaced with asphalt shingles). Facing west, a broad veranda furnished with rattan chairs ran the entire length of the building and provided views of the Canaan Valley and Taconic range. Inside, a bowling alley was installed under the veranda."

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1744 - Situated in the foothills of the Berkshires, Norfolk was settled in 1744. towns-page/ norfolk/
1758 - Norfolk, CT incorporated towns-page/ norfolk/
1819 - Norfolk
Norfolk is an elevated post township, situated 35 miles northwest from Hartford; bounded on the north by the State of Massachusetts, on the east by Colebrook and Winchester, on the south by Goshen, and on the west by Canaan.

The township comprises an area of about 41 square miles; having an average length, from north to south, of about 9 miles, and a mean breadth of more than 4 and a half 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
1835 - December 16 - New England experienced one of their coldest days of record. At noon, the temperature was 15 degrees below at Norfolk CT.
1839 - Norfolk
Norfolk, Connecticut
Litchfield county. The settlement of Norfolk began in 1744. It lies 35 miles W.N.W. from Hartford and 17 N. from Litchfield. Population, 1830, 1,485.

This town is elevated and mountainous. The soil is a primitive, gravelly loam, generally cold and stony, but has considerable depth, and affords good grazing. Formerly large quantites of sugar were made from the maple: more than 20,000 lbs. have been manufactured in a single season; but since the land has been cleared by progressive settlements, and in consequence of the destruction of the maple trees by some tornadoes, the business has greatly declined. The dairy business comprises the principal interests of the town. A stream, called Blackberry river, runs near the centre of the place, and a little westward of the congregational church falls over a ledge of rocks 30 feet in height. This is an excellent site for mills, of which there are several near this spot.

There is a handsome village, with an open square ... Read MORE...

1895 - Norfolk
Norfolk, a post-village in Norfolk township, Litchfield co., Conn., on the Central New England & Western Rail road, 45 miles W.N.W. of Hartford. It is surrounded by high hills. It has a large hotel, a savings-bank, 3 churches an academy, a silk-mill, and manufactures of axles, hosiery, shears, &c. Pop. of township in 1880, 1418; in 1890, 1546.
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
Norfolk, a banking post-village in Norfolk township (town), Litchfield co., Conn., on the Central New England R., 45 miles WNW. of Hartford. It has silk and hosiery-mills. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1614; of the village, about 1000.
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
Norfolk is the snowiest place in Connecticut, averaging 77 inches (200 cm) per year.

National Weather Service
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Norfolk:
Infinity Music Hall & Bistro:

This venue is a fantastic spot for live music and great food. Check their schedule to see if any of your favorite artists are performing during your visit.
Haystack Mountain State Park:

If you enjoy hiking, head to Haystack Mountain State Park. The trail offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside, and the summit is a perfect spot for a picnic.
Norfolk Historical Museum:

Dive into the town's history at the Norfolk Historical Museum. It's a great place to learn about the rich heritage of this New England town.
Great Mountain Forest:

Nature lovers should explore the Great Mountain Forest, a large forest preserve. There are hiking trails and opportunities for bird watching.
Norfolk Curling Club:

Try something unique and visit the Norfolk Curling Club. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a beginner, it's a fun way to spend an afternoon.
Wood Creek Bar & Grill:

For a delicious meal, check out Wood Creek Bar & Grill. The menu... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Norfolk, Connecticut, USA

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male ancestorMichael HUMPHRY (1699, - 26 January 1778, Norfolk, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorNathan RAYNSFORD (1709, - 30 July 1783, Norfolk, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorJames BRADLEY (1711, - 10 July 1786, Norfolk, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorSamuel COWLES (14 March 1711, Wallingford, Connecticut, USA - 5 October 1798, Norfolk, Connecticut, USA)
female ancestorMartha BROOKS (21 February 1714, Wallingford, Connecticut, USA - 27 September 1778, Norfolk, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorElijah GRANT (1728, - 18 August 1798, Norfolk, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorDudley HUMPHRY (1740, - 25 March 1794, Norfolk, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorJoel GRANT (1755, - 16 March 1796, Norfolk, Connecticut, USA)
male ancestorSolomon TURNER (20 July 1767, Norfolk, Connecticut, USA - 5 July 1847, Colebrook, Connecticut, USA)

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