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Manchester, Connecticut, USA

Manchester, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Manchester was a large industrial center in the 19th and 20th centuries, with glassworks, lumber and silk mills, including the Cheney Brothers Mill, which was the world’s largest silk operation.
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Hilliard Mills in Manchester, near the confluence of Bigelow Brook and the Hockanum River, was the first woolen mill in the United States. Not only that – and perhaps more interestingly – the site of Hilliard Mills may very well be the “oldest continually operated industrial site in the US.” ctmq.org



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  • In 1838, six brothers of the Cheney family founded a silk manufacturing company in Manchester, Connecticut.
    Utilizing innovative silk production methods and new spinning technology, the company became the largest and wealthiest silk mill in the country by th...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Manchester
    Manchester, a post-township of Hartford county, Connecticut, intersected by the Providence, Hartford, and Fishkill railroad, 8 miles E. from the city ...Read MORE...


  • News 1878 - Guided by a Spirit
    In a paper mill in Manchester, Connecticut, is in use an improved machine, in building which the maker says that he followed the directions given by t...Read MORE...


  • News 1883 - Eels Stop Paper
    The machinery in a paper mill at Manchester, Connecticut, was stopped by four large eels blocking the wheels. One was taken out whole. Its length was ...Read MORE...


  • News 1888 - A BAD RAILROAD ACCIDENT. BOTH THE ENGINEER AND FIREMAN KILLED BY AN EXPLOSION.
    Hartford, Conn., March 28. - There was a bad accident on the New York and New England Railroad near Manchester at 8 o'clock this morning by which the...Read MORE...


  • News 1894 - Intelligent Puss
    A young woman bookkeeper employed in an office at South Manchester, Connecticut, has been in the habit for some time past of giving the office cat a p...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Manchester
    Manchester, a post-village and township of Hartford co., Conn., on the Hockanum River, 9 miles by rail B.N.B. of Hartford. Two weekly newspapers are p...Read MORE...


  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Municipal Building and Center Congregational Church, Manchester, Conn.
    Postcard
  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Bon Ami Factory

    The former factory building at 71 Hilliard Street in Manchester was built in 1887-1888 and was first occupied by the Mather Electric Company. After starting as a producer of dynamos, the company began to manufacture light bulbs.... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    S. O. Manchester, Conn. Ruins of Old Glass Works Built in 1783
    Postcard
  • 1906
    Manchester, a post-village and township (town) of Hartford co., Conn., on the Hockanum River, 9 miles ENE. of Hartford on the New York, New Haven and ...Read MORE...


  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Eastern Biscuit Co., Manchester, Conn.
    museumofcthistory.org
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  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    American Writing Paper Co. Mill
    museumofcthistory.org
    Postcard
  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Main Street, 1908
    Postcard
  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Power & Spinning Mill, Cheeney Silk Co., South Manchester Conn.
    museumofcthistory.org

    Beginning in 1838, Cheney Brothers built the silk mills that made Manchester famous and drew workers from throughout the United States and Europe. During the... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • News 1910 - Pullet In Manchester, Conn., Has Record of Laying on 37 Consecutive Days.
    Hartford, Conn., Dec. 1 - With all previous Connecticut records smashed beyond recognition, the famous industrious pullet of Wesley Hollister, of Manc...Read MORE...


  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Congregational Church
    Postcard
  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Hilliards Mill
    museumofcthistory.org

    The Hilliard Mills complex is located at 642 Hilliard Street in Manchester, Connecticut, west of Adams Street. This historic mill site currently consists of six buildings, roughly 104,000 square feet of space ... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Home Office Building, Cheney Brothers, Manchester, Conn.
    museumofcthistory.org

    The Cheney Brothers Silk Mills operated from 1830 into the 1970s, producing all types of products, from raw silk to finished material. Cheney dominated the market for ... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Ruins of Adams Mill, Manchester, Conn.
    museumofcthistory.org
    Postcard
  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Glimpse of Cheney Bros. Mills from Railroad Bridge, South Manchester, Conn.
    museumofcthistory.org

    The original brothers who founded the mills were the children of Electra Woodbridge Cheney, who had given President Washington a cup of water. Her... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Railroad Station and Depot Square
    Postcard
  • News 1913 - 1,600 PUPILS ESCAPE FIRE.
    Manchester, Conn. - Sixteen hundred school children were endangered when fire broke out in the Pine district grammer school here. The pupils were mars...Read MORE...


  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    North Main Street, looking East
    Postcard
  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Residence of J. D. Cheney, South Manchester, Conn.
    museumofcthistory.org
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  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Oakland Dam
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  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    New 8th District School
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  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    The Mills of Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Conn.
    museumofcthistory.org
    Postcard
  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Lincoln School and Center, South Manchester
    Postcard
  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Velvet Mill (Cheney Bros)
    museumofcthistory.org
    Postcard
  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Ruins of the Old Pitkin Glass Works
    museumofcthistory.org
    Postcard
  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Glastonbury Knitting Co.
    Manchester Green, Conn.
    museumofcthistory.org
    Postcard
  • By 1937, Cheney Mills declared bankruptcy. The company’s prospects improved slightly during World War II when it converted to wartime manufacturing to make silk parachutes for the military.
    However, the company could not keep up with the high labor costs and competition in the post-war years, and the Cheney family was forced to sell the ...Read MORE...


  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Hotel Sheridan
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  • Manchester, Connecticut, USA
    Manchester Memorial Hospital
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Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Manchester, Connecticut, USA


Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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Municipal Building and Center Congregational Church, Manchester, Conn.

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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S. O. Manchester, Conn. Ruins of Old Glass Works Built in 1783

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
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Bon Ami Factory

The former factory building at 71 Hilliard Street in Manchester was built in 1887-1888 and was first occupied by the Mather Electric Company. After starting as a producer of dynamos, the company began to manufacture light bulbs.... Read MORE...

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
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Eastern Biscuit Co., Manchester, Conn.
museumofcthistory.org

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
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American Writing Paper Co. Mill
museumofcthistory.org

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
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Main Street, 1908

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
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Power & Spinning Mill, Cheeney Silk Co., South Manchester Conn.
museumofcthistory.org

Beginning in 1838, Cheney Brothers built the silk mills that made Manchester famous and drew workers from throughout the United States and Europe. During the... Read MORE...

Read more about Charles CHENEY

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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Congregational Church

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
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Hilliards Mill
museumofcthistory.org

The Hilliard Mills complex is located at 642 Hilliard Street in Manchester, Connecticut, west of Adams Street. This historic mill site currently consists of six buildings, roughly 104,000 square feet of space ... Read MORE...

Read more about Elisha Edgerton HILLIARD

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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Home Office Building, Cheney Brothers, Manchester, Conn.
museumofcthistory.org

The Cheney Brothers Silk Mills operated from 1830 into the 1970s, producing all types of products, from raw silk to finished material. Cheney dominated the market for ... Read MORE...

Read more about Ralph CHENEY

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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Ruins of Adams Mill, Manchester, Conn.
museumofcthistory.org

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
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Glimpse of Cheney Bros. Mills from Railroad Bridge, South Manchester, Conn.
museumofcthistory.org

The original brothers who founded the mills were the children of Electra Woodbridge Cheney, who had given President Washington a cup of water. Her... Read MORE...

Read more about Electa WOODBRIDGE photo of ancestor

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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Railroad Station and Depot Square

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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North Main Street, looking East

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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Residence of J. D. Cheney, South Manchester, Conn.
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Read more about John Davenport CHENEY

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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Oakland Dam

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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New 8th District School

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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The Mills of Cheney Brothers, South Manchester, Conn.
museumofcthistory.org
Read more about Ward CHENEY

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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Lincoln School and Center, South Manchester

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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Velvet Mill (Cheney Bros)
museumofcthistory.org
Read more about Rush CHENEY

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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Ruins of the Old Pitkin Glass Works
museumofcthistory.org

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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Glastonbury Knitting Co.
Manchester Green, Conn.
museumofcthistory.org

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
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Hotel Sheridan

Manchester, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
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Manchester Memorial Hospital

History, News and Stories of Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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  • In 1838, six brothers of the Cheney family founded a silk manufacturing company in Manchester, Connecticut.
    Utilizing innovative silk production methods and new spinning technology, the company became the largest and wealthiest silk mill in the country by... Read MORE...


    Read more about Frank Woodbridge CHENEY
  • 1854 - Manchester
    Manchester, a post-township of Hartford county, Connecticut, intersected by the Providence, Hartford, and Fishkill railroad, 8 miles E. from the city ... Read MORE...

  • News  1878 - Guided by a Spirit
    In a paper mill in Manchester, Connecticut, is in use an improved machine, in building which the maker says that he followed the directions given by... Read MORE...

  • News  1883 - Eels Stop Paper
    The machinery in a paper mill at Manchester, Connecticut, was stopped by four large eels blocking the wheels. One was taken out whole. Its length was ... Read MORE...

  • News  1888 - A BAD RAILROAD ACCIDENT. BOTH THE ENGINEER AND FIREMAN KILLED BY AN EXPLOSION.
    Hartford, Conn., March 28. - There was a bad accident on the New York and New England Railroad near Manchester at 8 o'clock this morning by which... Read MORE...

  • News  1894 - Intelligent Puss
    A young woman bookkeeper employed in an office at South Manchester, Connecticut, has been in the habit for some time past of giving the office cat a... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Manchester
    Manchester, a post-village and township of Hartford co., Conn., on the Hockanum River, 9 miles by rail B.N.B. of Hartford. Two weekly newspapers are... Read MORE...

  • Manchester, CT History in Old Postcards


    Manchester, CT History in Old Postcards (www.youtube.com)
  • 1906
    Manchester, a post-village and township (town) of Hartford co., Conn., on the Hockanum River, 9 miles ENE. of Hartford on the New York, New Haven and ... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - Pullet In Manchester, Conn., Has Record of Laying on 37 Consecutive Days.
    Hartford, Conn., Dec. 1 - With all previous Connecticut records smashed beyond recognition, the famous industrious pullet of Wesley Hollister, of... Read MORE...

  • News  1913 - 1,600 PUPILS ESCAPE FIRE.
    Manchester, Conn. - Sixteen hundred school children were endangered when fire broke out in the Pine district grammer school here. The pupils were... Read MORE...

  • By 1937, Cheney Mills declared bankruptcy. The company’s prospects improved slightly during World War II when it converted to wartime manufacturing to make silk parachutes for the military.
    However, the company could not keep up with the high labor costs and competition in the post-war years, and the Cheney family was forced to sell the ... Read MORE...

Manchester, Connecticut, USA Genealogy

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Ancestors buried in Manchester - Cemeteries in Manchester, Connecticut, USA

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Genealogy Resources for Manchester

Manchester City Directory, 1930

Manchester City Directory, 1934

Manchester City Directory, 1937

Manchester City Directory, 1939

Manchester City Directory, 1944

Manchester City Directory, 1945

Manchester City Directory, 1947

Manchester City Directory, 1948

Manchester City Directory, 1950

Manchester City Directory, 1952

Manchester Connecticut Directory, 1953-54

Manchester Directory 1958-59

Manchester Directory 1960

Manchester Directory 1961

Manchester Directory 1962

Manchester Directory 1965

Manchester Directory 1977. New Haven CT: Price & Lee Co., 1977

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