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Eastford, Connecticut, USA - Stone Mill in Phoenixville, Conn.

Eastford, Windham, Connecticut, USA
Eastford was formed in 1847 when it was broken off from Ashford, Connecticut.

Principal Communities:
East Phoenixville

The first general from the Union Army to be killed in the Civil War was Nathaniel Lyon, from Eastford.

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Eastford Nostalgia: Vintage Photos, Ads, and Postcards

Stone Mill in Phoenixville, Conn.
Eastford, Connecticut, USA

Stone Mill in Phoenixville, Conn.
Eastford Village, looking West
Eastford, Connecticut, USA

Eastford Village, looking West
Gen. Lyon Inn, Eastford, Conn.
Eastford, Connecticut, USA

Gen. Lyon Inn, Eastford, Conn.

"At the corner of Old Colony Road and Westford Road in Eastford (one of the buildings at 245 Old Colony Road near Eastford Green) is a former inn... The building served as an inn, originally called the Eastford House. For a time, starting in the 1840s, the inn was called the Temperance House. In 1918 the property was acquired by Waldo and Beatrice Kennedy, who renamed it the General Lyon Inn in honor of Gen. Nathaniel Lyon, an Eastford native who was the first Union general killed during the Civil War. He died at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in Missouri on August 10, 1861. Many of those who attended Gen. Lyon’s funeral in Eastford stayed at the inn. Beatrice E. Kennedy continued to operate the inn and restaurant until 1975. The Inn finally closed in 1979 and is now the Gen. Lyon Apartments."

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1847 - (Eastford, CT) - Settled in the early 1700s, this eastern portion of Ashford separated from its parent town in 1847. towns-page/ eastford/
1895 - Eastford
East'ford, a post-village of Windham co., Conn., in Eastford township, about 36 miles E.N.E. of Hartford. The township has 3 churches, a creamery, a saw-mill, a wood turning mill, and manufactures of stocking-yarn. Pop. of the township, 561.
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 - Let's explore the gems of Eastford:
Natchaug State Forest:

Start your adventure with nature! Natchaug State Forest offers hiking trails, picnicking spots, and beautiful scenery. It's a great place to unwind and connect with the outdoors.

Eastford Baptist Church:

If you're into historical sites, the Eastford Baptist Church is a must-visit. It's a picturesque New England church that adds a touch of charm to the town.

Crystal Pond Park:

For a more relaxed day, head to Crystal Pond Park. You can fish, paddleboat, or just enjoy a peaceful picnic by the water. It's a serene spot that locals love.

Chaplin Museum:

Explore the nearby town of Chaplin and visit the Chaplin Museum. It provides insight into the history of the area and is a great way to spend an educational afternoon.

Jillson's Farm & Sugarhouse:

Indulge your sweet tooth at Jillson's Farm & Sugarhouse. They offer fresh produce and, of course, delicious maple syrup. It's a taste of local flavor you won't want to miss.

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