Vernon-Rockville in the Twentieth Century

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At the close of the nineteenth century, Vernon was a rural town of diversified farms with the small chartered city of Rockville, a booming textile-manufacturing center, at its heart. By the close of the twentieth century, the town had become a bedroom suburb within the expanded Hartford metropolitan region. During this time, the textile mills that had sustained Vernon's economy for over a century closed, farmland was subdivided for housing, and the automobile changed old patterns of working, shopping, and socializing. Vernon-Rockville in the Twentieth Century combines unique and previously unpublished images with detailed and compelling text in an informative history of Vernon and Rockville during the turbulent years of the twentieth century. Highlights include photographs of rural Vernon before suburban expansion, the devastation caused by the 1938 hurricane, Rockville before and after urban renewal, and the consolidation of the two separate rural and urban parts of the town into a more unified community with a very different economic base.
ISBN: 9780738511085
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Connecticut
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Dr. S. Ardis Abbott is municipal historian for Vernon and museum director for the Vernon Historical Society. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on the woolen textile industry in Rockville. Reference librarian Jean A. Luddy is a high school media specialist, past president of the Vernon Historical Society, and current chairman of the Education Committee. The authors have previously collaborated on the publication of Vernon and Historic Rockville, a pictorial history of these two separate communities in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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