Wallingford's Historic Legacy

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In 1669, thirty-eight freemen of the New Haven Colony signed a covenant to form a new plantation amongst the rolling hills and valleys east of the Quinnipiac River. With the official incorporation established the following year, Wallingford grew from a 17th-century colonial farming village into a thriving and diverse community. It was witness to the Revolutionary War and a pioneer in the Industrial Revolution, and it produced leaders in religion, arts, and politics. Robert Wallace and Samuel Simpson, who introduced silver manufacturing, and Moses Y. Beach, founder of the Associated Press, called Wallingford home. Their philanthropy helped expand schools, churches, and public services. Although the original footprint of the colonists has changed over the centuries, a stroll through the town reveals its richly preserved history. Impressive architectural styles line the streets, from 17th-century saltbox homes to Beaux-Arts mansions and Gothic Revival churches. Center Street Cemetery holds the final resting place of Wallingford’s early settlers, and many of their names have left an indelible legacy.
ISBN: 9781467104944
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Connecticut
Series: Images of America
Images: 164
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Beth Devlin, a 35-year resident of Wallingford, retired as head of community services from Wallingford Public Library. Dawn Gottschalk is a writer and contributor to the Wallingford Magazine. Tarn Granucci is a lifelong Wallingford resident and editor of the Wallingford Magazine. Thanks to the collaboration and efforts of local historians and preservationists, this book illustrates the architecture, institutions, and milestones of 350 years of Wallingford’s growth and its citizens.
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