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Woodbury, Connecticut, USA - Glebe House, Woodbury, Conn.  Site of the first episcopal election in the United States. Built around 1750, Glebe House was the rectory for St. Pau

Woodbury, Litchfield, Connecticut, USA

Leroy Anderson, a popular composer of concert music in the 20th century best known for the instrumental "Sleigh Ride," was a Woodbury resident.

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Glebe House, Woodbury, Conn.

"Site of the first episcopal election in the United States. Built around 1750, Glebe House was the rectory for St. Paul's Church, Woodbury. The Rev. John Rutgers Marshall lived there from 1771 until 1785. On Mar. 25, 1783, ten clergy met there and selected Samuel Seabury and Jeremiah Leaming as candidates for Bishop of Connecticut. Eventually Glebe House was privately owned. In 1892 three Connecticut clergy bought it for $500 as a gift for their bishop, John Williams. In 1923 Edward C. Acheson, Bishop Coadjutor of Connecticut, formed the Seabury Society for the Preservation of Glebe House. It is now the Glebe House Museum."

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Curtis House, built 1734 by Rev Anthony Stoddard - opened its doors to the general public as an inn in 1754
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Town Hall, Woodbury, Conn.

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Main Street

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First Congregational Church, Established 1670

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Main Street (1905)

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Masonic Lodge, 1907

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Park Gate, 1909

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St. Paul's Church

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Scene Near the Old Orton Tavern, Woodbury, Conn. (1917)

The Orton Tavern Woodbury CT. Built around 1730 by John Orton and remained in the family for 150 years. in 1922 the home was purchased by Miss M.L. Munn of Great Neck Long Island, NY and was to be incorporated into a home being built for her. Miss Munn died shortly after the Tavern was dismantled and the building was lost to history. Woodbury Public Library
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King Salomon Lodge

King Solomon's Lodge No.7, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, was chartered in 1765.

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Library and Savings Bank

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Methodist Church

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American Knife and Shear Co., Hotchkissville, Conn.

AMERICAN SHEAR & KNIFE was a firm from 1853-1914 in Hotchkissville, CT. They started making pocketknives in 1870.

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Phillips Dairy Cottage
At the top of Sherman Hill

"Al and Bea Phillips, opened the Phillips Dairy Cottage on Ben Sherman Hill in Woodbury in 1934, then moved it to Watertown where it was called the Phillips Coffee Cottage.

The cottage burned in 1941 and the Phillips family opened another restaurant in Watertown, then added eateries in Woodbury, Waterbury and Thomaston, which later closed or were sold off."

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  • 1673 - Two groups, consisting of fifteen families (about fifty people), arrived in Ancient Woodbury, known as “Pomperaug Plantation", early in 1673.
    In 1673 the original settlers of Woodbury drew up an agreement called the “Fundamental Articles,” which proclaimed that as many settlers as could be accommodated would be welcomed to the new settlement. The Fundamental Articles stated that expenses of establishing the settlement would be shared by its inhabitants, and that no one was to be given more than twenty-five or less than ten acres of land. Other sections of the articles provided for common land and land saved to be divided up for future inhabitants of the settlement.
  • 1783 - Protestant Episcopal Church
    Meeting of 10 Anglican clergy at Glebe House, Woodbury, leads to consecration of Bishop Samuel Seabury and beginning of Protestant Episcopal Church in United States.
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • 1818 - First Congregational Church built in Woodbury

  • 1819 - Woodbury
    Woodbury is a flourishing post town, situated on the southern border of the county, 36 miles from Hartford, 25 from New-Haven, and 15 from Litchfield; bounded on the north by Washington and Bethlem, on the east by Watertown and Middlebury, in New-Haven county, on the south by Southbury, and on the west by Roxbury. Its average length, from north to south, is about 7 miles, and its average breadth from east to west, is nearly 6 miles, comprising about 41 square miles.

    The face of the country is of an undulating character, being pleasantly diversified with hill and dale; upon the streams, however, there are intervals of considerable extent, which with some other tracts are level. The soil is generally a gravelly loam, warm and fertile; it is well adapted to grain, and carries good crops of rye, oats, Indian corn, &c. The lands are favourable for fruit, and there are many valuable apple orchards; so that the making of cider and cider spirits are important agricultural interests. Many... Read MORE...

  • News  1833 - Robbery
    The Post Office at Woodbury, Conn. was broken open on the night of the 28th ult. and robbed of all the letters received, and those deposited the day previous for the southern mail. A part of the letters were subsequently found, broken open, in the grave yard.
    Brattleboro Messenger
    Brattleboro, Vermont
    July 06, 1833
  • 1839 - Masonic Temple built in Woodbury

  • 1839 - Woodbury
    Woodbury, Connecticut
    Litchfield county. The settlement of this town commenced in the year 1672; in 1674, it was incorporated.

    This is a good grazing township; the soil is generally warm and fertile. Between four and five thousand sheep are annually sheared in Woodbury.

    The village is situated in a pleasant valley, and watered by a number of small streams, which form the Pomperaug. It is surrounded by high hills on every side, forming a kind of amphitheatre, which renders it strikingly romantic. The village contains some handsome buildings, three satinet, one tin and two nail factories. This place lies 25 miles N.W. from New Haven, 36 W.S.W. from Hartford, and 15 S. from Litchfield. Population in 1830, 2,049.

    Bethel Rock, near the village of Woodbury, is about forty feet in height, and projects over 3 or 4 feet, forming a kind of shelter from the wind and rain. There is a fine grove near it. This spot is frequently visited; it excites solemn and pleasing... Read MORE...

  • Great Freshet, Nov. 13, 1853.
    This was by far the largest and most destructive freshet that the town has suffered since its first settlement. A continued torrent of water fell for several hours, raising the river and streams to a point three feet higher than was known by the "oldest inhabitant," and three feet higher than the "old Indian marks." The damage done was immense. Bridges, mills, dams, stacks of hay and other property, all disappeared before the angry flood. Many roads and intervales were destroyed, and all within reach of danger were more or less injured. The loss of all kinds to the town of Woodbury, must have been from $15,000 to $20,000. To Roxbury, the loss was probably $8,000 or $10,000. The rise of the river at Shepaug Falls, was about twenty-five, or some four feet higher than had been known before. Similar damage in character and amount was done in Southbury, Washington, and other neighboring towns. All this happened in an incredibly short lime, forming the most remarkable flood, in all... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Woodbury
    Woodbury, a post-township of Litchfield county, Connecticut, about 25 miles N. N. W. from New Haven. It is drained by Pomperaug river and branches, which affords water- power. The village in the centre is more than a mile in length, abounding in elegant residences, and surrounded with beautiful scenery. It has 3 or 4 churches, several stores, and a bunk recently established. Hardware, woollen, and India-rubber goods are manufactured in the township, which also contains the village of Hotchkissville. Population in 1840, 1948; in 1850, 2150
    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 - Woodbury
    Woodbury, a post-village in Woodbury township, Litchfield co., Conn., in a beautiful valley, on the Pomeraug River, 12 miles W. of Waterbury, and about 25 miles N.W. of New Haven. It contains several fine residences, an academy, a bank, and 4 churches. The township has a paper-mill, 2 woollen-mills, a manufactory of knives and shears, a stockinet-mill, and a powder-flask-factory. It contains another village, named Hotchkissville. Pop. of the township in 1890, 1815.
    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
  • 1906
    Woodbury, a post-village in Woodbury township (town), Litchfield co., Conn., in a beautiful valley, on the Pomeraug River, 12 miles W. of Waterbury. The town has woollen-mills, etc. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1988.
    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 Woodbury, Connecticut:
    Glebe House Museum & The Gertrude Jekyll Garden: Start your visit by exploring the Glebe House Museum, a historic landmark dating back to the 18th century. It offers a glimpse into colonial life and features beautiful gardens designed by the renowned English horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll.

    Hollow Park: This lovely park is a perfect spot for a family picnic, leisurely strolls, or a game of tennis. It also hosts various events and concerts throughout the year.

    Antique Shopping: Woodbury is often referred to as the "Antiques Capital of Connecticut." The town boasts numerous antique shops, making it a haven for antique enthusiasts. Stroll along Main Street and explore the many charming shops offering unique finds.

    Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust: Nature lovers will appreciate the Flanders Nature Center, which offers miles of scenic trails for hiking, birdwatching, and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. They also host educational programs and events.

    Woodbury Ski Area: If ...

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

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male ancestorHenry CASTLE (1613, , England (United Kingdom) - 2 February 1697, Woodbury, Connecticut, USA (Hotchkissville))
female ancestorAnn WARD (1630, - 23 July 1718, Woodbury, Connecticut, USA (Hotchkissville))
male ancestorJoseph HURLBUT (19 October 1644, Woodbury, Connecticut, USA (Hotchkissville) - 13 July 1732, Woodbury, Connecticut, USA (Hotchkissville))
male ancestorIsrael CURTIS (3 April 1644, Stratford, Connecticut, USA (Putney) - 28 October 1704, Woodbury, Connecticut, USA (Hotchkissville))
female ancestorAbigail DICKERSON (1645, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA (Southport) (Greenfield Hill) - December 1725, Woodbury, Connecticut, USA (Hotchkissville))
female ancestorRebecca BEARDSLEY (1648, Stratford, Connecticut, USA (Putney) - 17 February 1739, Woodbury, Connecticut, USA (Hotchkissville))
male ancestorThomas HURLBUT (1650, Woodbury, Connecticut, USA (Hotchkissville) - 1697, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA (Southport) (Greenfield Hill))
male ancestorJohn SHERMAN (8 February 1650, Stratford, Connecticut, USA (Putney) - 13 December 1730, Woodbury, Connecticut, USA (Hotchkissville))
female ancestorRebecca BROWN (1652, Woodbury, Connecticut, USA (Hotchkissville) - 2 February 1711, Woodbury, Connecticut, USA (Hotchkissville))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Woodbury, Connecticut, USA

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male ancestorJoseph HURLBUT (19 October 1644 - 13 July 1732) and female ancestorRebecca BROWN (1652 - 2 February 1711) married 15 December 1670
male ancestorJohn SHERMAN (8 February 1650 - 13 December 1730) and female ancestorElizabeth THORNE (1653 - 1 October 1744) married 1680
male ancestorJoseph HURLBUT (1677 - 21 June 1729) and female ancestorMary CASTLE (19 September 1678 - 2 February 1711) married 17 May 1698
male ancestorAnthony STODDARD (9 August 1678 - 6 September 1760) and female ancestorMary SHERMAN (1 March 1691 - 12 January 1720) married 31 January 1716
male ancestorJohn MITCHELL (April 1691 - 24 October 1746) and female ancestorElizabeth CURTIS (September 1697 - 14 May 1738) married 17 January 1716
male ancestorJohn ORTON (4 December 1692 - 1763) and female ancestorMary UNKNOWN (7 March 1703 - 1784) married 1718
male ancestorAbijah STODDARD (28 February 1718 - 6 May 1776) and female ancestorEunice CURTIS (20 May 1720 - 10 October 1794) married 1 August 1739
male ancestorJosiah EVERITT (5 August 1710 - 23 February 1765) and female ancestorHannah Noble HIMNAN (5 December 1714 - 19 May 1803) married 20 March 1740
male ancestorJoseph BELLAMY (20 February 1719 - 6 March 1790) and female ancestorFrances SHERMAN (2 November 1723 - 30 August 1785) married 27 April 1744
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