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Cheshire Green
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West Main Street (1908)
Cheshire Military Academy, 1908
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Cheshire Military Academy, 1908
Cheshire Reservoir
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Cheshire Reservoir
The Shelter, 1910
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The Shelter, 1910
Waverly Inn, Cheshire, Connecticut

The Waverly Inn, located at 286 Maple Ave., was built in 1896
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Waverly Inn, Cheshire, Connecticut

The Waverly Inn, located at 286 Maple Ave., was built in 1896 and "has been a staple in Cheshire since the 19th century." It closed in 2019. patch.com
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Hull Memorial Baptist Church
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Hull Memorial Baptist Church
St. Bridget's R.C. Church
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St. Bridget's R.C. Church
The Plaza Block, Cheshire, Conn.
Cheshire, Connecticut, USA

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The Plaza Block, Cheshire, Conn.
Ball and Socket Factory, Cheshire, Conn.
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The Cheshire Manufacturing Compan
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Ball and Socket Factory, Cheshire, Conn.
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The Cheshire Manufacturing Company was incorporated on April 11, 1850, for the purpose of "the manufacture, selling and dealing in buttons of every description." In 1901, the company merged with the Ball & Socket Fastener Company of New Hampshire and became The Ball & Socket Manufacturing Company. Averaging 2.5 million gross tons per year at its peak, Ball & Socket became one of the world's largest manufacturers of metal buttons. The company even maintained a sales office and stock room at 10 West 32nd Street in the heart of New York City's garment district. For many years, it was the largest employer in Cheshire, its workforce including many women who found their first employment there. According to a local historian, there was a common saying in Cheshire that "sooner or later, everyone works at the Button Shop." After 144 years in business, changing markets brought an end to manufacturing at the site. Factory... Read MORE...
Hutterly's Restaurant and Motel
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1780 - Once part of Wallingford and known as North Farms, Cheshire separated from Wallingford in 1780 and incorporated as a town.

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1819 - Cheshire
Cheshire is a post township, situated in the northern section of the county, 25 miles from Hartford, and 13 from New-Haven, bounded on the north by Wolcott, and Southington, in Hartford county, on the east by Meriden and Wallingford, on the south by Woodbridge and Hamden, and on the west by Waterbury. Its average length from north to south is 7 miles, and its average breadth from east to west, nearly 6 miles; containing about 40 square miles. The northeastern section of the town is watered by Quinipiack; its northern section by a branch of this stream, called ten mile river; and its southern section several branches of Mill river have their sources...
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
1839 - Cheshire
Cheshire, Connecticut
New Haven county. Taken from Wallingford in 1780. It lies 14 miles N. from New Haven and 25 S.E. from Hartford. Population, 1830, 1,780. The Quinnipiac river and Farmington canal pass through the town. Cheshire has an uneven, but good soil, with a very pleasant village, and an Episcopal academy, 54 by 34 feet;—a brick building of considerable taste. Agriculture is the chief occupation of the inhabitants.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1850 - George Downes, of Cheshire, Ct. discovered that a young lady whom he loved was receiving the attentions of another, went to her house, sat in a melancholy mood for hours, and then drew a pistol and shot himself.
Though seriously wounded, it is thought the will recover from the pistol shot. As to the other wound, we presume he has already gotten over that.
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Boston Evening Transcript
Boston, Massachusetts
December 28, 1850
1859
CHESHIRE, a township in New Haven co., in Connecticut, 25 m. SSW of Hartford on the Quinepiac river. Pop. 1,529.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1895 - Cheshire
Cheshire, a post-village of New Haven co., Conn., in Cheshire township, with a station 1 mile distant on the New Haven & Northampton Railroad, 16 miles N. of New Haven. It has 3 churches, an academy, and manufactures of buttons, brass, watches, and edge-tools. Pop. of the township, 1929.
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
1910 - Cheshire Correctional Institution (Connecticut State Prison) opened in 1910 in Cheshire

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1946 - 16 Persons Die Friday Morning in Plane Crash
CHESHIRE, Conn. - (UP) - An Eastern airlines plane caught fire in flight Friday and crashed in flames in a wooded patch near the state reformatory killing its 13 passengers and crew of three.

The plane was enroute from New York to Boston when the crash occurred. There were no survivors state police reported.

The bodies of three women were found among the victims. An identification disc bearing the name 'F. W. Bassett Pan-American Airway,' was found at the wreckage.

Eyewitnesses reported that the twin engined airliner caught fire as it passed over Cheshire.

With smoke trailing behind the plane, the pilot apparently tried desperately to set the plane down in an emergency landing. But then an explosion shook the plane.

Describe Plane Crash

C. A. Goddard, president of the Ball & Socket co., said when the explosion occurred 'the wings of the plane folded and the plane came straight down.'

Peter Ricco, an overseas veteran, saw the plane catch fire. He ran to the scene... Read MORE...

2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Cheshire:
Lock 12 Historical Park: This park is a great place to start your journey in Cheshire. It features a restored 19th-century lockkeeper's house, scenic walking trails along the Farmington Canal, and historical displays that showcase the town's past.

Cheshire Historic District: Take a stroll through the historic district, which boasts beautifully preserved homes and buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. The architectural charm and picturesque streets make for a pleasant walk.

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail: If you enjoy outdoor activities, this multi-use trail is perfect for walking, jogging, biking, or even rollerblading. It follows the route of the historic Farmington Canal and offers beautiful views of the surrounding area.

Bartlem Park: A popular spot for both locals and visitors, Bartlem Park has something for everyone. You'll find sports fields, playgrounds, a swimming pool, picnic areas, and even a skate park. It's a great place for families to spend a sunny... Read MORE...

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male ancestorSamuel ATWATER (5 July 1757 - 12 January 1848) and female ancestorPatience PECK (28 March 1758 - 22 January 1837) married 6 December 1781

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