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Portland, Middlesex, Connecticut, USA
The first European settlers came to Portland in the 1690s. They were attracted by brownstone, which was used both for construction and for gravestones. Proximity to the river meant that the stone could be transported far and wide, and the Portland brownstone quarries supplied to New York, Boston and even San Francisco, Canada and England. By the 1850s, more than 1,500 people were employed in the quarry industry. More than 25 ships transported the stone. By the 1850s, shipbuilding became more important as an industry, and the economic center of town shifted toward the Gildersleeve area. Immigrants from Ireland, then Sweden, then (to a lesser extent) Italy came to town to work the quarries.

It originally was part of Middletown and then known as East Middletown. In 1767, Chatham, which then included Portland and East Hampton, was founded.

The town was a part of Chatham until 1841, when it became separate. Its name comes from Portland, England, a place famous for its freestone quarries.
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1841 - (Portland, CT) Originally named East Middletown or Conway, then Chatham, it was incorporated as a town in 1841.

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1906
Portland, a banking post-village in Portland township (town), Middlesex co., Conn., on the New...Read MORE...

News  1949 - Highway Safety Commission Lists 1948 Freak Accidents - Horse Meets Car
...Last September in Portland a saddle horse became tired of the routine obstacle jumps and bolted...Read MORE...


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