Westville: Tales from a Connecticut Hamlet

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Nestled below the cliffs of West Rock, the peaceful hamlet of Westville has made a name for itself over the years as an important manufacturing center and scenic refuge. Well known for harboring the regicides who signed the death warrant of England’s Charles I, the village has also seen its share of patriots, pirates, rascals and murderers in the three centuries since its settlement. From the legends of the infamous Captain Thunderbolt to the inventor who installed secret panels and a trapdoor in the old ...
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Overview

Nestled below the cliffs of West Rock, the peaceful hamlet of Westville has made a name for itself over the years as an important manufacturing center and scenic refuge. Well known for harboring the regicides who signed the death warrant of England’s Charles I, the village has also seen its share of patriots, pirates, rascals and murderers in the three centuries since its settlement. From the legends of the infamous Captain Thunderbolt to the inventor who installed secret panels and a trapdoor in the old Westville Library, this collection of articles tells the stories of Westville from the revealing early modern perspective of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century columnists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596295384
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/13/2009
  • Series: American Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Caplan is author of Historical Guide to New Haven, Connecticut (The History Press, 2007) and New Haven Then & Now (Arcadia Publishing, 2006). He is on the New Haven Preservation Trust Board and is a member of the New Haven Museum & Historical Society. An architectural designer with a Masters in Architecture from Tulane, he is founder and manager of Magrisso Forte, a New Haven based consulting company that is dedicated to creating awareness of the city's cultural resources through economic development and historic documentation. He also acts as a tour guide for New Haven and archives vintage Connecticut photography.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 5

Introduction 7

Settlement and Judge's Cave 9

The British Attack 18

The Pirate of Hotchkisstown 23

Industry, Inventions, Fires and Floods 38

Life in Westville 53

Murder and Mayhem 86

The Grand Estates 105

Growth of a Suburb 118

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