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What is the history of Norwalk, Connecticut, USA?

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Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
The City of Norwalk is a coastal City bounded on the north by New Canaan and Wilton, on the east by Long Island Sound and on the west by New Canaan and Darien. Roger Ludlow purchased land in what is now the present City of East Norwalk on February 26, 1640, embracing the area of land lying between the Saugatuk and Norwalk Rivers. Not long after, Captain Daniel Patrick purchased an additional portion of land in what is known today as Norwalk.

In 1776, Nathan Hale, disguising himself as a teacher, was rowed to British-held Long Island and then on to New York to give a report to the British. Later, General William Tryon raided Norwalk with a combined force of over 2,600 Hessian and British soldiers and burned the town down, leaving only six homes untouched. After the war, the citizens of Norwalk rebuilt the town, adding coastal trade, manufacturing and shipbuilding to their farm businesses. Norwalk citizens manufactured clocks, watches, paper, pottery, and nails, and hats. Oystering peaked between 1885 and 1910, going from public oyster beds to oyster farms. Today, the oyster business is booming in Connecticut. Currently, Norwalk is home to over 80,000 residents.

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Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Norwalk, Connecticut, USA


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Glimpses of Greenwich, Stamford, and Norwalk
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

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When Baby is About to Walk
Procure a pair of ANKLE SUPPORTERS

R. H. Golden
South Norwalk, Conn.

The Ladies' Home Journal
May 1898

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The Green, Norwalk, Conn.

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INTERIOR THE SILVERMINE TAVERN COUNTRY STORE, NORWALK, CONN

Old time atmosphere and candy, food specialties, and gifts recalling our Early American Heritage. Silvermine, Norwalk, Conn.

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Hickory Bluff, from Yacht Club, Norwalk Harbor

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South Norwalk Congregational Church

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Trinity Church, South Norwalk

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West Ave., looking South


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Old Town House

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The Selleck Overlook Military Academy

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St. Joseph's Church & Rectory, South Norwalk

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Roton Point Boat Landing

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Town Farm

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Gutheries Mill, Norwalk, Conn.

Now part of the Silvermine Tavern complex.

"English-born Henry Guthrie owned a shipyard and three mills clustered around today’s Silvermine Tavern..." www.norwalkct.org

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Center School

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Hartstrom Preparatory School


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Norwalk Hospital

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Franklin Street School, South Norwalk

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St. James' Home

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St. Pauls Church

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The Armory

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Russell's Sunflower Tavern
Post Road

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Shore Cottages, Harbor View, South Norwalk

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Shorehaven Golf Club


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Norwalk High School
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History and News of Norwalk, Connecticut, USA

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  • 1779 - British troops under General Tryon raid New Haven, Fairfield and Norwalk.
    [After first invading New Haven, followed by Fairfield] the British return to Connecticut late on July 11, landing at Norwalk during the night. They... Read MORE...

  • 1819 - Norwalk
    Norwalk, a flourishing maritime post township, is situated upon Long Island sound, 66 miles southwest from Hartford, 32 west from New-Haven, 32 west... Read MORE...

  • News  1853 - Awful Railroad Accident. FIFTY PERSONS KILLED!
    NORWALK (CT) May 6. The 8 o'clock train for New York, ran off the draw-bridge into the river, near this place. One car was completely submerged and... Read MORE...

  • News  1884 - Some genius is manufacturing a new gun, at Norwalk, Conn., which is 28 feet long. It is loaded with compressed air, and is expected to throw a ball three miles.
    If a fellow within a half mile of it should happen to get in front of one of the balls, he'd feel awfully bored. genealogybank.com
    Texas Siftings
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    February 23, 1884
  • News  1890 - TRAIN OF ILL-OMEN.
    South Norwalk, Conn., Sept. 8 - The express train due here from Boston at 5:20 Saturday evening ran into a Danbury and Norwalk railway commuters'... Read MORE...

  • News  1899 - TORNADO IN CONNECTICUT.
    Special to The New York Times.

    NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 27.--Word reached here today of a tornado, which raged in the Norwalk River Valley last... Read MORE...

  • Norwalk CT The Way We Were


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  • 1906
    Norwalk, a city and summer-resort in Norwalk township (town), Fairfield co., Conn., on a river of the same name, 14 miles WSW. of Bridgeport, on the... Read MORE...

  • News  1923 - FLAMES TOTALLY DESTROY NORWALK ISLAND RESIDENCE
    NORWALK, June 3. (Special to the Telegram) - Flame shooting high into the air which could be sen(sic) many miles along Long Island sound, totally... Read MORE...

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