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Hampton, Connecticut, USA - The Chelsea Inn, Built 1798

Hampton, Windham, Connecticut, USA
Settled in the early years of the 18th century as Windham Village, the first settlers were primarily farmers, whose immediate work was to clear and plow the land, plant crops, dig root cellars, and build houses, barns, and sheds. They also harnessed water power to run the grist and saw mills...

In 1786, when the Town of Hampton was incorporated; its citizens were farmers, tradesmen, merchants, teachers, lawyers, pastors, and doctors. There were mills along the Little River as early as 1718, making cider, shingles, and cotton. There was a tannery and factories that made pins, buttons, rakes, spectacles, hats, and silver spoons. There were one-room schools for the children and inns for travelers. And in the Winter, local ponds were used to supply ice to everyone who owned an ice house...
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The Chelsea Inn, Built 1798
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The Chelsea Inn, Built 1798
Summer home of Dr. E. S. Cogswell, Hampton, Ct., Built 1798
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Summer home of Dr. E. S. Cogswell, Hampton, Ct., Built 1798
Main Street - Looking North, Hampton, Conn.
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Main Street - Looking North, Hampton, Conn.
Congregational Church
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Lake - Overlooking Hampton, Conn., 1907
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Lake - Overlooking Hampton, Conn., 1907

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"The Conn Yankee Tourist Home"
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Main Street looking South, 1910
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Main Street looking South, 1910
Hemlock Glen, 1913
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Hemlock Glen, 1913
Milk Train, Hampton Station
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Hampton Station
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Hampton Station
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Main St., Looking North
Guild House
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Property of S. B. Hilliard
Parsonage of the Congregational Church
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Parsonage of the Congregational Church

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1786 - Called variously Canada Parish, Kennedy, and Windham Village, Hampton, CT was incorporated in 1786 from parts of Brooklyn, Canterbury, Mansfield, Pomfret, and Windham.

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1819 - Hampton
Hampton is a post township, situated near the centre of the county, 8 miles northeast from Windham, and 37 east from Hartford; bounded on the north by Ashford and Pomfret, on the east by Pomfret, Brooklyn and Canterbury, on the south and southwest by Windham, and on the west by Mansfield. Its average length is 6 miles, and its average breadth more than 4 miles, comprising about 25 square miles...
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
1836 - Hampton
HAMPTON originally belonged to the towns of Windham and Pornfret. It was incorporated as a town in 1786. The society of Hampton was formed in 1720, by the name of Kennedy or Windham village. A church was gathered here June 5th, 1723, and the Rev. William Billings was ordained the same day as its pastor.

Hampton is bounded N. by Ashford and Pomfret, E. by Brooklyn and Canterbury, S. by Windham, and west by Chaplin. It is about six miles in length from north to south, and averages in width upwards of three miles. The surface of the town is uneven, being considerably hilly. The soil is a gravelly loam, considerably strong and fertile, and is well adapted for grazing. Agriculture is the principal business of the inhabitants. There are 3 houses of worship in the town, 1 for Congregationalists, and two for Baptists. In the south part of the town there is 1 woolen and 1 cotton factory.

The principal and central village in the town is situated on the summit of a considerably elevated... Read MORE...

1839 - Hampton
Hampton, Connecticut
Windham county. This town was taken from Windham and Pomfret in 1786. The people are generally agriculturalists, with a good strong soil of uneven surface. The village is pleasantly situated on high ground, 35 miles E. from Hartford and 6 from Brooklyn. Hampton has good mill seats, on a branch of Shetucket river. Population, 1830, 1,101.
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
1859
HAMPTON, a township in Windham co., in Connecticut, 41 m E of Hartford. Pop. 1,666.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
In 1872, the New York & New England Railroad brought tourism to this agricultural community, turning Hampton into a summer colony.

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1895 - Hampton
Hampton, a post-township of Windham co, Conn., about 18 miles N. of Norwich. It has 2 churches. It is traversed by the New York & New England Railroad, on which is Hampton Station, 11 miles N.E. of Willimantic. Pop. of the township, 891.
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
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Hampton:
James L. Goodwin State Forest: If you're a nature enthusiast, this state forest is a must-visit. It offers over 2,000 acres of woodlands, ponds, and trails. You can hike, bike, or simply enjoy a peaceful picnic in this beautiful natural setting.

Mansfield Hollow State Park: Just a short drive from Hampton, this park is great for outdoor activities. You can go fishing, boating, or have a relaxing day by the lake. There are also hiking trails and a picnic area.

Chaplin Historic District: Explore the quaint historic district of nearby Chaplin, where you can stroll through streets lined with charming old houses. The district is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Natchaug State Forest: Another nearby gem, Natchaug State Forest, offers excellent hiking opportunities with scenic views and serene forests. It's a fantastic place for a nature walk or birdwatching.

Quiet Corner Tea Company: Enjoy a delightful afternoon tea experience at the Quiet Corner Tea Company in... Read MORE...

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