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Stafford, Tolland, Connecticut, USA

"Stafford, a post-town of Tolland co, Conn., watered by the head-streams of the Willimantic River, and intersected by the New London Northern Railroad, 20 miles N. by W. of Willimantic, and about 25 miles N.E. of Hartford. It contains several manufacturing villages, the most important of which are Stafford (or Stafford Furnace), Stafford Springs, Staffordville, and West Stafford. The village of Stafford, or Stafford Furnace, has 2 churches, a hotel, several stores, and a woollen-factory. Pop. of the town in 1880, 4455; in 1890, 4535."

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


The Town of Stafford began its history almost 300 years ago as a rural hill town with 3 excellent agricultural districts. Most of the population was concentrated in 6-7 villages. Industrialization took advantage of abundant water power from the tributaries of the Willimantic River, & caused population shifts. In the mid-1800's, the Railroad connected Stafford to markets across New England. www.staffordct.org/ history.php ...If you find a road map of the states in the United States and you look at the map of Connecticut and if you find the boundaries of the town of Stafford you will find within that area small circles of designating small villages that are at the intersections of some major roads. These circles are the same in all towns. In Stafford there were seven, now perhaps only six are shown. These are: West Stafford, Staffordville, Hydeville, Stafford, Orcutts and Stafford Springs. The seventh was or is Ellithrope. Ellithrope is at the intersection of Diamond Ledge Road and Route 32. One person there has a large sign on his garage. A village is usuallly a part of town where the houses are closer together around a mill, church, and store. Maps made by the town show the same six or seven. Most of these villages in Connecticut have no boundaries although few do. One of these is Stafford Springs. With its many mills, wealthy mill owners, and mill workers, it decided to have its own government in 1873. How it placed its boundaries would be of interest. Generally it is now “where the sidewalks end!” and as far as the street lights. Once it had the only fire hydrants and sewer lines. Now these have been extended to some other places in Stafford... www.mystaffordsprings.com/ 2011/ 07/ history-moment-with-bruce -dutton- there-is-no-town-in-connecticut- named-stafford-springs/

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  • Incorporated in 1719, Stafford became a resort town as growing numbers of people, including President John Adams, sought out the waters’ curative powers.

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ stafford/

  • 1819 - Stafford
    Stafford is an elevated post township, situated upon the northern border of the county and State, 26 miles norteasterly from Hartford; bounded on the ...Read MORE...


  • Stafford, Connecticut, USA
    Warren Woolen Comp., Stafford Springs, Conn.

    "...the mill was first established in 1853 by Parley Converse as the Converseville Company....

    In 1879, Converse sold the textile manufacturing company to brothers Daniel and Thomas Warren, who... Read MORE...

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    Main Street, looking East, Stafford Springs, Conn.
  • In the late 1800s, as the springs’ popularity declined, textile mills, a button factory, and other enterprises formed Stafford’s industrial hub.

    connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ stafford

  • News 1898 - TWO PRISONERS CREMATED. Double Fatality in a Connecticut Town Lock-up Fire.
    STAFFORD SPRINGS, Conn., Sept. 17. - Two prisoners confined for the night in the town lock-up, Ernest Branford, aged twenty-seven years, and John Mars...Read MORE...


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    Haymarket Square, Stafford Springs, Conn.
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    View of Stafford Hollow, Stafford, Conn.
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    High School, Stafford Springs, Conn.
  • 1906
    Stafford, a post-village and township (town) of Tolland co., Conn., on the Central Vermont R., 25 miles (direct) NE. of Hartford. The town has manufac...Read MORE...


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    Riverside Woolen Mill, 1906
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    Baptist Church
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    River Mill. Fabyan Woolen Co. Stafford Springs, Conn.
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    The Allen Bridge and Spring House, Stafford Springs, Conn.
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    Stafford Springs House, Stafford Springs, Conn., 1907
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    Railroad Station, Stafford Springs, Conn.
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    Trolley Bridge. Stafford Springs, Conn.
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    Cattle at Agricultural Fair, Stafford Springs, Conn., 1909
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    Methodist Church, Stafford Springs, Conn., 1909
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    Pinney Grammar School
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    View of Crystal Lake, Stafford Springs, Conn.
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    Memorial Hall and Library, Stafford Springs, Conn.
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    St. Edward's Church, Stafford Springs, Conn.
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    East Main Street, Stafford Springs, Conn., 1912
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    New Weave Shed of Rhode Island Worsted Co., Stafford Springs, Conn., 1913
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    Universalist Church
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    Warren Memorial Town Hall, Stafford Springs, Conn.
  • News 1930 - YOUTH KILLED AS AUTO STRIKES LIGHT POLE
    George Avery, 18, of Rockville Victim of Accident on Stafford-Somers Road.

    Stafford Springs, Ct., July 1. - George Avery, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. H...Read MORE...


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    Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs, Conn.


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