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Canterbury, Windham, Connecticut, USA

"Canterbury, a post-township of Windham county, Connecticut, about 35 miles E. by S. from Hartford. Population, 1669."

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.

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Old Prudence Crandall School, Canterbury, Conn.

"A Quaker abolitionist and teacher, Prudence Crandall bravely defied prevailing patterns of racial discrimination when she opened one of the first schools for African American girls in Connecticut in 1833...

Born in Hopkinton, Rhode Island on September 3, 1803 to farmers Pardon and Esther Carpenter Crandall, Prudence Crandall moved with her family to Canterbury, Connecticut when she was ten years old. She attended the New England Friends’ Boarding School in Providence, where she studied arithmetic, Latin and science – subjects not typical for women but embraced by Quakers who believed in equal educational opportunities. She taught briefly in Plainfield, and in 1831 opened a private girl’s academy in Canterbury, where she initially taught daughters from the town’s wealthiest families. Ranked as one of the state’s best schools, her rigorous curriculum provided female students with an education comparable to that of prominent schools for boys..."

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Canterbury Green, Main St. Looking North.

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First Congregational Church, Canterbury Green, Conn.

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  • 1703 - First settled as a part of Plainfield in the late 1600s, it was officially separated and named Canterbury in 1703, becoming the state’s 38th town. towns-page/ canterbury
  • 1819 - Canterbury
    Canterbury is a post township, 40 miles east from Hartford; bounded on the north by Brooklyn, on the east by Plainfield, on the south by Lisbon and... Read MORE...

  • 1831 - (Canterbury, CT) - In 1831 Prudence Crandall opened a private school for girls but when she allowed—and then focused exclusively on—education for young African American women, informal and legal protests began.
    A mob attack forced the school’s closure in 1834. towns-page/ canterbury/
  • News  1833 - June 27 - Prudence Crandall, a white woman, arrested for conducting an academy for black females at Canterbury Conn
    June 27, 1833
  • 1859
    CANTERBURY, a township of Windham co., in the state of Connecticut, 12 m. N or Norwich. On the E it is bounded by the Quinebaug, which abounds with... Read MORE...

  • News  1869 - Wore suit for more than 50 years
    An old man in Canterbury, Conn., seventy-five years of age, died recently and was buried in a suit of clothes which he procured when a young man, and ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Canterbury, kan'ter-ber-e, a post-village of Windham co., Conn., in Canterbury township (town), on the Quinebaug River, about 14 miles NNE. of... Read MORE...

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