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Farmington, Connecticut, USA - Fredric Andruss Place, 1670  Compliments of F.P. Swanstons Ice Cream Parlor

Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

The Tunxis Native American tribe originated in Farmington.

In the 1800s, Farmington was known as "Grand Central Station" on the Underground Railroad in the state because of the town’s efforts to help slaves escape.


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Fredric Andruss Place, 1670

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Fredric Andruss Place, 1670

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Miss Porter's School, looking West, Farmington, Conn.
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Miss Porter's School, looking West, Farmington, Conn.

"Miss Porter's School (also known as Porter's, Farmington, or MPS) is a private college preparatory school for girls located in Farmington, Connecticut. It is a selective school that excels in academics and athletics...

Miss Porter's School was established in 1843 by education reformer Sarah Porter, who recognized the importance of women's education. She was insistent that the school's curriculum include chemistry, physiology, botany, geology, and astronomy in addition to the more traditional Latin, French, German, spelling, reading, arithmetic, trigonometry, history, and geography. Also encouraged were such athletic opportunities as tennis, horseback riding, and in 1867 the school formed its own baseball team, the Tunxises. In 1884, Sarah Porter hired her former student, Mary Elizabeth Dunning Dow, with whom she began to share more of her duties as Head of School. From then until her death in 1900, Miss Porter gradually... Read MORE...
The Old Mill, 1910
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Unionville, Conn. American Writing Paper Co.
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Back St. Factories, Unionville, Conn.
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Back St. Factories, Unionville, Conn.
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Case Manufacturing Company and Farmington River, Unionville, Conn.
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Case Manufacturing Company and Farmington River, Unionville, Conn.
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Main Street
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Elm Tree Inn, 1915
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Elm Tree Inn, 1915
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Congregation Church and Memorial Building
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High School
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The Swimming Pool at the Lodge, 1927
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1819 - Farmington
Farmington, a wealthy post town, is situated 10 miles west from Hartford. It is bounded east by Hartford and Berlin, north by Simsbury, west by Bristol & Burlington, and south by Southington. It comprises an area of about 70 square miles, or 44,800 acres; being nearly 11 miles in length from north to south, and averaging nearly 7 miles in breath from east to west. Farmington is characterised by features peculiarly striking and various, both as it respects its surface and soil; having a range of mountains extending through the town, extensive plains and considerable tracts of alluvial upon the borders of Farmington or Tunxis river. This river here is sixty or seventy yards in width, and the natural meadows which it affords, are peculiarly fertile and charming...
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
1828 - Farmington Canal opened from New Haven to Farmington

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1839 - Farmington
Farmington, Connecticut
Hartford county. The first settlers of this town were from Hartford, being emigrants from the neighborhood of Boston, Mass. They located themselves, in 1640, on the luxuriant meadows of the Tunxis, or Farmington river, 10 miles W. from Hartford. The township was purchased of the Tunxis Indians, a numerous and warlike tribe. At its incorporation in 1645 the township comprised fifteen miles square; since which the pleasant towns of Southington, Berlin, Bristol, Burlington and Avon have been taken from the original territory of Farmington.

Farmington river rises in the high lands in the N. part of Litchfield county, and after meandering delightfully through the towns of New Hartford and Burlington, in a S.E. direction, it changes its course at Farmington to the N., and passing Avon and Simsbury to the border of Granby, it again turns abruptly to the E. and meets the Connecticut at Windsor. This is a beautiful and fertilizing stream, and gives to the towns... Read MORE...

1854 - Farmington
Farmington. a post-township of Hartford co., Connecticut, 10 miles W. by S. from Hart ford, on the New Haven and Northampton rail road. Round Hill, in this place, is regarded as a great natural curiosity. Pop., 2630.
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.
1859
FARMINGTON, a township of Hartford co., in the state of Connecticut, 9 miles SW of Hartford, situated on the Farmington canal, which extends from New Haven to Northampton, in the state of Massachusetts, and intersected by two mountain ridges running NNE and SSW. It is watered by a river of the same name. The soil, except on the banks of the river, is light and sandy. Pop. 2,041. The village stands on an elevated plain, at the base of the E range, and consists chiefly of a single street, containing about 100 dwellings.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1870 - Nellie Grant, the President's daughter, is attending school at Farmington, Conn.

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
June 25, 1870
1876 - March 1 - Guernsey Cattle Club forms (Farmington Conn)

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1895 - Farmington / Unionville
Farmington, a beautiful post-village of Hartford co., Conn., on the Farmington River, and in a township of the same name, 9 or 10 miles W.S.W. of Hartford. It is 1 mile E. of the Farmington Station of the New Haven & Northampton Railroad, at the junction of the Collinsville Branch, 31 miles N. of New Haven. It has a savings bank, several churches, and a money-order post-office. The township contains Unionville, and has a pop. (1890) of 3179.
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
1905 - March 2 - STATION AGENT KILLS BURGLAR
Gang Had Attacked Him in His Office at Unionville, Conn.

Unionville, Conn., March 2 - A. A. Burnham, station agent of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in this village, shot and killed one of a gang of burglars who had broken into the station early today. A complete burglar's git was found on the body but there was nothing to reveal the man's identity. His companions escaped after a running fight with the station agent during which several shots were exchanged.

Nothing was stolen from the station, as the burglars were surprised by the agent before they had a chance to open the safe.
Boston Evening Transcript
Boston, Massachusetts
March 2, 1905
1916
Farmington, a banking post-village of Hartford co., Conn., on the Farmington River, in a township (town) of the same name, 9 miles WSW. of Hartford, and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R. It has manufactures of stone-crushers and lightning-rods. It is the seat of a noted female seminar;. Pop. of the town in 1900, 3331 ; of the village, about 1350.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Whether you're a history buff, outdoor enthusiast, or simply looking for a relaxing day out, Farmington has something to offer. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Farmington:
Hill-Stead Museum: Explore the exquisite Hill-Stead Museum, a National Historic Landmark, which was once the home of the Pope family. The museum houses an impressive collection of French Impressionist paintings and is set amidst beautiful gardens and walking trails.

Winding Trails Recreation Area: Enjoy the great outdoors at Winding Trails, a 350-acre recreational area offering hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and a pristine lake for swimming and boating. It's a perfect spot for family picnics and outdoor adventures.

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail: If you're a cycling enthusiast or just love a good walk, the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail is a 84-mile-long trail that passes through Farmington. It offers scenic views and is ideal for biking, jogging, or leisurely strolls.

Stanley-Whitman House: Step back in time and visit the Stanley-Whitman House, an 18th-century historic house museum. Explore the well-preserved rooms, gardens, and learn about colonial life in ... Read MORE...

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