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Winchester, Connecticut, USA - Park Pond

Winchester, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

Winsted bears a name coined from Winchester and Barkhamsted, of which towns it was originally a part.
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The William L. Gilbert Clock Corp. in Winchester was one of the few clock-making firms in Connecticut allowed to continue manufacturing during World War II because it made clock cases from papier-mache instead of metal, which was restricted for war use.

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Congregational Church, Winchester Center, Conn.
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Congregational Church, Winchester Center, Conn.
The Inn, Winchester Center, Conn.
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Strong Manufacturing Company, Winsted, Connecticut
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Strong Manufacturing Company, Winsted, Connecticut
Winsted Hosiery Co., E. Winsted, Ct.
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Winsted Hosiery Co., E. Winsted, Ct.
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The Old Saw Mill, Lake Street, Winsted, Conn.
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The Old Saw Mill, Lake Street, Winsted, Conn.
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Odd Fellows' Building, Winsted, Conn.
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New England Pin Company, Bridge Street, Winsted, Conn.
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New England Pin Company, Bridge Street, Winsted, Conn.
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Old Pavilion Point, Highland Lake, Winsted, Conn., 1917
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Old Pavilion Point, Highland Lake, Winsted, Conn., 1917
View from Steet Hill, Winsted, Conn.
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Office of Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co., Winsted, Conn.
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Office of Wm. L. Gilbert Clock Co., Winsted, Conn.
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Goodwin and Kintz Factory, Winsted, Conn.
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Settled in 1732 and incorporated in 1771, Winchester contains the city of Winsted within its borders.

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1819 - Winchester
Winchester is an elevated post township, situated 27 miles northwest from Hartford; bounded on the north by Colebrook, on the east by Barkhamsted, on the south by Torrington, and on the west by Goshen and Norfolk. Its average length is about 6 and a half miles, from east to west, and its average breadth more than 5 miles, comprising about 35 square miles.

The township is situated within the evergreen district of the State, and is hilly and mountainous. Its geological character is primitive; the rocks and stones consisting of granite, mica slate, and other primitive formations, and the soil is a hard, coarse gravelly loam. The lands afford very good grazing; and the making of butter and cheese, and growing of cattle, together with some beef and pork, constitute the principal agricultural interests.

The natural growth of timber is maple, beech, oak and birch; but hemlock and other perennial trees constitute a considerable portion of the forests.

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1839 - Winchester
Winchester, Connecticut
Litchfield county. Winchester was incorporated in 1771. Population, 1830, 1,766. The geological character of the town is primitive; the rocks consisting of granite, mica slate, &c. The soil is gravelly, hard and coarse: it affords good grazing, and its products of butter, cheese, and wool are considerable.

The Borough of Clifton was incorporated in 1832. It is a flourishing village, consisting of about sixty or seventy dwelling houses and 4 mercantile stores. The village is principally built in a narrow valley, on the banks of a mill stream, called Mad river, which is a tributary of Farmington river. The valley at this place is but barely of sufficient width to admit of a street, with buildings on each side, the ground rising immediately in every direction. Westward of the main street in the village, a road passes up a steep hill for nearly a quarter of a mile, where, upon an elevated plain, is an interesting lake or pond, which is one of the largest bodies ... Read MORE...

1854 - Winchester
Winchester, a post-township of Litchfield co., Connecticut, about 30 miles N. W. of Hartford. It contains the village of Winsted, the northern terminus of the Naugatuck railroad. Population, 2179.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1895 - Winchester
Winchester, a township of Litchfield co., Conn. It contains Winsted and West Winsted and is the seat of Winchester Academy. Pop. in 1890, 6183.
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
2023 - Winchester, Connecticut offers a charming blend of natural beauty, historical sites, and recreational activities. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in this lovely town:
Winsted Rail Trail:
Explore the scenic Winsted Rail Trail, perfect for walking, jogging, or biking. The trail winds its way through picturesque landscapes and offers a peaceful escape into nature.

Highland Lake:
Spend a day at Highland Lake, a stunning freshwater lake that provides opportunities for fishing, boating, and picnicking. The lake's tranquil setting is perfect for relaxation and enjoying the outdoors.

American Museum of Tort Law:
Visit the American Museum of Tort Law, founded by consumer advocate Ralph Nader. This unique museum educates visitors about the history and impact of tort law, making for an interesting and informative experience.

Ski Sundown:
In the winter, hit the slopes at Ski Sundown. Whether you're an experienced skier or a novice, this ski resort offers a range of trails for all skill levels, along with a welcoming atmosphere.

Nassahegon State Forest:
Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the Nassahegon State Forest. Hike the trails, enjoy a... Read MORE...

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