Hidden History of Litchfield County

Hidden History of Litchfield County

by Peter C. Vermilyea


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Local historian Peter C. Vermilyea tells stories of some forgotten moments in Litchfield County, CT from Native American legends to Cold War relics.

Traces of Litchfield County's past are hidden in plain sight. Vestiges of long-abandoned railroad tracks crisscross the county while a decaying and unmarked cinder block structure in Warren is all that remains of a cornerstone of national defense. All but forgotten today, a fire roared through Winsted in 1908, causing residents to flee their rooms at the Odd Fellows boardinghouse. In Bantam, art deco chairs made by the Warren McArthur Corporation prompted the War Department to order bomber seats from the company during World War II. Author Peter C. Vermilyea explores these and other obscure tales from the history of Litchfield County, Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626195776
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Series: Hidden History
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Peter C. Vermilyea teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, Connecticut, and at Western Connecticut State University. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he is the director of the student scholarship program at his alma mater's Civil War Institute. He is the author or editor of three books and more than a dozen articles and maintains the Hidden in Plain Sight blog, www.hiddeninplainsightblog.com. He lives in Litchfield with his wife and two sons.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

1 Legends and Settlement 13

2 The Revolutionary War Era 23

3 Roads 38

4 Religion 50

5 Town Farms 67

6 Education 76

7 Industry 89

8 African American History 107

9 Civil War 117

10 Railroads 134

11 Fire 145

12 Transformation 151

Epilogue 167

Works Consulted 169

About the Author 175

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