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In 1639, the Reverend Adam Blakeman and his small congregation settled on the north shore of Long Island Sound at a spot known to the Native American tribes who spent their summers there as Cupheag. Over the past 360 years, the town has experienced tremendous growth and progress. Although Stratford covers only 19 square miles, the town is home to over 50,000 residents. Before the 20th-century manufacturing boom, the lifestyles of Stratford citizens centered on river and shoreline activities and agriculture. With the development of next-door Bridgeport (once part of Stratford) as an industrial center in the late 19th century, Stratford became a suburban recreation area; as large farms were divided into small house lots, individual property owners moved in and housing developments sprang up throughout.
ISBN: 9780738500669
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Connecticut
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
This collection of photographs begins with the earliest known Stratford view in 1859 and continues through the next 120 years with scenes of people, places, and activities that are part of the town's history. The majority of views are from the collection of the Stratford Historical Society, which is pleased to present this glimpse into the past of one of the oldest communities in the state of Connecticut.
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