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Sprague, Connecticut, USA - Baltic Mills  ...The A. & W. Sprague Manufacturing Co. mill burned down in 1887. Subsequently, Frederick Sayles of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, purchas

Sprague is a town in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The town was named after William Sprague, who laid out the industrial section. Sprague is composed of three villages: Baltic, Hanover, and Versailles.

Baltic is the town center village of the town of Sprague, Connecticut.

Baltic was formed around a cotton mill established on the Shetucket River on land purchased in 1856 by former Rhode Island Governor and U.S. Senator William Sprague. The A. & W. Sprague Manufacturing Co. mill burned down in 1887. Subsequently, Frederick Sayles of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, purchased the site and built the Baltic Mills Co. cotton mill, which opened in 1899.


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"...The A. & W. Sprague Manufacturing Co. mill burned down in 1887. Subsequently, Frederick Sayles of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, purchased the site and built the Baltic Mills Co. cotton mill, which opened in 1899. The company operated until 1963, when the mill was sold to a syndicate from New York. The mill continued operating until 1967, when it was closed and the property and equipment were sold..." wikipedia
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1861 - (Sprague, CT) - European settlement occurred in the 1700s and, in 1861, the villages incorporated from Lisbon and Franklin.
Named for Rhode Island-based mill tycoon and politician William Sprague, whose multi-state holdings included a cotton mill in Baltic, Sprague attracted other entrepreneurs and evolved into the classic New England mill town.
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1868 - There is a little child in the village of Baltic, Conn., only four years old, who plays more than forty tunes correctly on the piano.
Here name is Susan Medbury, daughter of George Medbury, chorister in the Baptist church.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
August 8, 1868
1906
Sprague, a township (town) of New London co., Conn. Pop. in 1900, 1339.
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 - Whether you're a resident looking for something new or a visitor passing through, here's a list of places to go and things to do in Sprague:
Pleasure Beach: Start your day with a visit to Pleasure Beach. This lovely park offers a scenic picnic area, a playground for kids, and a sandy beach along the Shetucket River. It's a great spot for a family outing or a relaxing afternoon by the water.

Baltic Historic District: Take a stroll through the Baltic Historic District and admire the well-preserved 19th-century architecture. You'll find charming old houses, some of which have been converted into unique shops and cafes. It's a great place for a leisurely walk and some historical exploration.

Shetucket River: If you're a fan of fishing, don't forget to bring your gear and try your luck in the Shetucket River. It's known for its trout fishing, and the tranquil surroundings make it a peaceful spot to spend a few hours in nature.

Sprague Land Preserve: Nature lovers will appreciate a visit to the Sprague Land Preserve. This conservation area offers hiking trails through beautiful woodlands and wetlands. It's a great place ... Read MORE...

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