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Pomfret, Connecticut, USA - The Meadows  Thomas S. Harrisons, The Meadows, which stands near the Pomfret Stock-Farm, of which he is the owner, is a large and dignified old co

Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut, USA

According to urban legend, the Wolf Den parcel in Mashamoquet Brook State Park in Pomfret is the site where Israel Putnam killed the last wolf in Connecticut.

Pomfret includes several villages, neighborhoods, or sections:

Abington
Elliotts
Pomfret
Pomfret Center
Pomfret Landing

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The Meadows
Pomfret, Connecticut, USA

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"Thomas S. Harrison's, The Meadows, which stands near the Pomfret Stock-Farm, of which he is the owner, is a large and dignified old colonial mansion, so successfully re-arranged and enlarged as to command metropolitan luxury. Mr. Harrison is a resident of Philadelphia, but of recent years has spent a considerable portion of his time each year at his country home, in superintending the cultivation of his extensive property and adding to the local improvements of Pomfret."

The Connecticut Quarterly, Volume 2
Connecticut Quarterly Company, 1896
Christ Episcopal Church, Pomfret, Conn.
Pomfret, Connecticut, USA

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Christ Episcopal Church, Pomfret, Conn.
Wolf Den
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Covell's Mill, Abington, Conn.
Pomfret School, Pomfret, Conn.
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Pomfret School, Pomfret, Conn.

"Pomfret School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory boarding and day school in Pomfret, Connecticut, United States, serving 360 students in grades 9 through 12 and post-graduates...

Opened October 3, 1894 by Founder William E. Peck and his wife Harriet Jones Peck, who designed the school's coat of arms, Pomfret's graduates have distinguished themselves in sports, government, the arts, sciences, business, and public service as philanthropists and activists..." wikipedia

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1713 - (Pomfret, CT) - Purchased from area natives in 1686 and incorporated in 1713, Pomfret was named for Pontefract in Yorkshire, England.
Agriculture and various mills along the town’s plentiful waterways supported the settlers’ earliest enterprises.
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1819 - Pomfret
Pomfret, a post township, is situated in the central section of the county, 40 miles northeast from Hartford, and 30 east from Providence; bounded on the north by Woodstock and Thompson, on the east by the Quinibaug river, which separates it from Killingly, south by Brooklyn and Hampton, and west by Ashford. Its mean length from east to west is about 7 miles, and its mean breadth nearly 6 miles, comprising about 42 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
1839 - Pomfret
Pomfret, Connecticut
Windham county. Pomfret was first settled in 1686. Incorporated, 1713. Its Indian name was Mashamoquet. The surface of the town is pleasantly diversified by hills and valleys: from some of the elevations, delightful views are obtained. The soil is deep, strong and fertile, and, although somewhat stony, is very productive and exceedingly well adapted for grazing. A considerable amount of the productions of the dairy are sent to market. The Quinnebaug and several of its branches water the town, and flourishing manufacturing establishments of cotton and other materials are springing up within its borders. Pomfret lies 40 miles E. by N. from Hartford, 7 N. from Brooklyn, and 30 W. from Providence, R.I. Population, 1830, 1,981.

Pomfret contains the "Wolf Den," celebrated for the bold exploit of the gallant Putnam, who resided here for some years. He died at Brooklyn, in this state, in 1790. The aperture to this den or cave, which is situated under a high ledge of... Read MORE...

1854 - Pomfret
Pomfret, a post-village of Windham co., Connecticut, with a station on the Norwich and Worcester railroad, 33 miles N. by E. from Norwich. The township is celebrated as containing the cave in which Putnam killed the wolf. Population, 1848.
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.
1895 - Pomfret
Pom'fret, a post-village in Pomfret township, Windham co., Conn., 4 miles S.W. of Putnam, about 26 miles N. by E. of Norwich, and 20 miles N.E. of Willimantic. The township is bounded on the E. by the Quinebaug River, and intersected by the New York & New England Railroad. It is celebrated as containing the cave in which Gen. Putnam killed a wolf. Pop. 1488.
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
1906
Pomfret, a post-village in Pomfret township (town), Windham co., Conn., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 25 miles N. by E. of Norwich. The town is bounded on the E. by the Quinebaug River. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1831.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of things to do and places to visit in and around Pomfret:
Pomfret School:

Start your visit by exploring the picturesque campus of Pomfret School. The school, founded in 1894, has beautiful architecture and well-maintained grounds.

Mansion at Bald Hill:

Enjoy a meal or afternoon tea at the Mansion at Bald Hill. This historic mansion, built in 1896, offers a delightful dining experience with a charming atmosphere.

Pomfret Town House:

Take a stroll through the historic Pomfret Town House. Built in 1841, this iconic building is a great place to learn about the town's history.

Air Line State Park Trail:

For nature enthusiasts, the Air Line State Park Trail provides a scenic route for walking, jogging, or biking. Enjoy the natural beauty of Connecticut as you traverse this former railroad line.

Wolf Den State Park:

Explore the outdoors at Wolf Den State Park, where you'll find the famous Wolf Den, a small cave where the colonial legend of Israel Putnam and the wolf took place.

Sharpe Hill Vineyard:

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Pomfret, Connecticut, USA

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female ancestorEsther CLARKE (1651, Watertown, Massachusetts, USA - 15 June 1738, Pomfret, Connecticut, USA (Abington))
male ancestorJoseph BACON (1 January 1666, Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA* - 31 May 1741, Pomfret, Connecticut, USA (Abington))
male ancestorWilliam SHARP (March 1674, Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA* - 20 November 1751, Pomfret, Connecticut, USA (Abington))
female ancestorAbigail WHITE (1677, , Massachusetts, USA - 5 February 1753, Pomfret, Connecticut, USA (Abington))
male ancestorNathaniel SESSIONS (8 August 1681, Andover, Massachusetts, USA - 26 September 1771, Pomfret, Connecticut, USA (Abington))
male ancestorEbenezer GROSVENOR (9 October 1684, Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA* - 20 September 1730, Pomfret, Connecticut, USA (Abington))
female ancestorJoanna CORBIN (1686, , Connecticut, USA - 14 January 1771, Pomfret, Connecticut, USA (Abington))
female ancestorAnna MARCY (7 October 1687, Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA* - 30 June 1743, Pomfret, Connecticut, USA (Abington))
male ancestorEphraim TUCKER (1690, - 26 June 1774, Pomfret, Connecticut, USA (Abington))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Pomfret, Connecticut, USA

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male ancestorWilliam SHARP (March 1674 - 20 November 1751) and female ancestorAbigail WHITE (1677 - 5 February 1753) married 1699
male ancestorPhineas CADY (7 February 1714 - 21 August 1789) and female ancestorSarah CHURCH (12 October 1718 - 16 February 1757) married 5 January 1736
male ancestorAlexander SESSIONS (4 October 1713 - 1 April 1787) and female ancestorHuldah PERRIN (16 February 1712 - 11 June 1792) married 28 January 1750
male ancestorJoseph CRAFT (8 March 1732 - May 1777) and female ancestorSarah GOODELL (1732 - 1789) married 8 January 1756
photo of Ebenezer CRAFTS Ebenezer CRAFTS (22 September 1740 - 24 May 1810) and female ancestorMehitable CHANDLER (28 January 1741 - 27 September 1812) married 9 December 1762
male ancestorTimothy ADAMS (7 September 1742 - 25 August 1834) and female ancestorSusannah ADAMS (20 April 1742 - ) married 25 April 1764
male ancestorMoses GROSVENOR (15 August 1741 - 16 March 1811) and female ancestorDorcas SHARP (20 January 1738 - 11 April 1821) married 10 January 1765
male ancestorSalter SEARLES (15 June 1741 - 15 May 1803) and female ancestorAlice CADY (23 February 1747 - 24 October 1818) married 24 October 1765
male ancestorSimeon LYON (15 June 1745 - 1802) and female ancestorMartha BRONSON (5 April 1749 - 1838) married 9 April 1767

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