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History Corner
  • History Corner: This Old House…That Isn’t Anymore.

    The Derby Turnpike Company was formed in 1798 with capital of about $7500 and 10 stockholders.  Joseph Wh ...

    The Derby Turnpike Company was formed in 1798 with capital of about $7500 and 10 stockholders.  Joseph Wheeler and others petitioned the General Assembly for a charter stating that “the road now leadi ...

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  • History Corner: The Women Did It…

    Most women today are strong and capable, winning elections, sitting behind a desk as a CEO of a large com ...

    Most women today are strong and capable, winning elections, sitting behind a desk as a CEO of a large company, bringing up children while holding down a full-time job or as head of household.  Women h ...

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  • History Corner: Now You Know All About Them…

    By now, most of the Town of Orange has either been inside the Bryan-Andrew House or seen it, numerous tim ...

    By now, most of the Town of Orange has either been inside the Bryan-Andrew House or seen it, numerous times, while passing it on Old Tavern Road.  What most of you don’t know is its personal history, ...

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  • History Corner: Do You Know What They Did?

      From our local history books, we know that the colony of Milford was founded in 1639 with the arri ...

      From our local history books, we know that the colony of Milford was founded in 1639 with the arrival of Peter Prudden and a group of followers from the New Haven Colony.  They lived in a separ ...

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  • History Corner: Do WE Know What They Mean?

      I find, in teaching music to elementary children, I slide into sayings that they have no clue abou ...

      I find, in teaching music to elementary children, I slide into sayings that they have no clue about.  They look at me like I just fell off a distant planet and maybe I have.  Sometimes I feel l ...

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  • History Corner: Don’t They Know This?

    Our young people and, I must admit, some not so young, don’t have a clue about the oddities spoken by the ...

    Our young people and, I must admit, some not so young, don’t have a clue about the oddities spoken by the “older” people.  I find myself using terms of my youth and seeing blank faces of disbelief bef ...

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  • History Corner: King Philip Wasn’t a King…

      In the three decades after crushing the Pequots, the Native Americans of New England could still g ...

      In the three decades after crushing the Pequots, the Native Americans of New England could still gather a formidable force of warriors, but the colonists had made alliances with other tribes, t ...

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  • History Corner: This Old House…

    If it were a dress, it would be considered to be very tattered.  The seams might be worn, the fabric susp ...

    If it were a dress, it would be considered to be very tattered.  The seams might be worn, the fabric suspect, but its structure when all considered might have a second life.  Thus we see an original T ...

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  • History Corner: You Know Dasher…

    I know you know the rest of the reindeer from reading A Visit From St. Nicholas, the original title of Cl ...

    I know you know the rest of the reindeer from reading A Visit From St. Nicholas, the original title of Clement Moore’s The Night Before Christmas but “do you recall, the most famous reindeer of all?”  ...

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  • History Corner: Say it With Herbs…

      For centuries, mankind has used herbs to enliven a dreary menu, conjure up spells for healing and ...

      For centuries, mankind has used herbs to enliven a dreary menu, conjure up spells for healing and for evil, but today, if you watch enough episodes of the food channel you will find herbs, once ...

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  • They Say He Didn’t Do It…

      We all know who “they” is, don’t we?  It’s that generic word that lends credence to anything we wa ...

      We all know who “they” is, don’t we?  It’s that generic word that lends credence to anything we want to put forth as truth regardless of its validity.  Gustave Whitehead, a Bavarian engineer, w ...

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  • History Corner: Witches Are People Too…

    Well, I guess that depends on where and when you meet them. If you were in Europe in the 17th century, ov ...

    Well, I guess that depends on where and when you meet them. If you were in Europe in the 17th century, over 100,000 witches were executed. New England, however, had the lowest rate of deaths due to th ...

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  • Buy An Old Clock & Save Time…

    My last story dealt with Connecticut clocks and the ultimate use of clock movements in tin toys, also mad ...

    My last story dealt with Connecticut clocks and the ultimate use of clock movements in tin toys, also made in Connecticut. One clock company that is still manufacturing “clocks” is the Lux Clock Manuf ...

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  • They Were Made in Connecticut…

      Today, when we turn over an item in our stores or elsewhere, we are most likely to see Made In Chi ...

      Today, when we turn over an item in our stores or elsewhere, we are most likely to see Made In China. Wow, an item Made in China, when I was a kid, was not the quality items that were sought af ...

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  • History Corner: Where Did You Find Them?

    So tell me, where did you find that piece of glass and why are you saving it? It’s glass and of no use, a ...

    So tell me, where did you find that piece of glass and why are you saving it? It’s glass and of no use, ah but it does have use. It’s history. Yes, history. When you dig in the yard it’s called garden ...

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  • Have You Checked on Your Ancestors Lately?

    So, with all of the interest in ancestors these days, I thought you might like to know a little about our ...

    So, with all of the interest in ancestors these days, I thought you might like to know a little about our Postmaster who had the post office in his home on Orange Center Road in the 1850s with the eve ...

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  • History Corner: They Were Here

      Well, not exactly here, here but here in Connecticut. It’s little known that one of the heroes of ...

      Well, not exactly here, here but here in Connecticut. It’s little known that one of the heroes of the Revolutionary War visited our state. His name was the Marquis de Lafayette, a French aristo ...

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  • They Were On The Green…

    At one time, according to Mary Woodruff’s History of Orange, every family living near the church and Gree ...

    At one time, according to Mary Woodruff’s History of Orange, every family living near the church and Green kept a flock of geese, using it as a common place and when they met, there was a great bit of ...

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  • History Corner: Who Were They?

    As one drives by the cemetery, covered with snow, looking positively gloomy, we need to remember that the ...

    As one drives by the cemetery, covered with snow, looking positively gloomy, we need to remember that the gravestones on the north side hold stories of the folks that were our first settlers. Milford, ...

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  • History Corner: Let’s Do It Again…

    Now this is only MY opinion but with technology, we have lost some of the finer elements of our society; ...

    Now this is only MY opinion but with technology, we have lost some of the finer elements of our society; communication without a cell phone, iPhone, iPad etc. When we travel today, we use our phones t ...

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