Middletown's High Street and Wesleyan University

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High Street and Wesleyan University (founded in 1831) share a fascinating, intertwined history. From this major inland port on the Connecticut River, Middletown’s sea captains and merchants made fortunes in the 18th and early 19th centuries trading with the West Indies, South America, and China. Others enjoyed wealth amassed from the local manufacture of swords, firearms, and marine hardware. These prominent families built fashionable villas of the latest architectural designs on High Street. Many of their homes remain, and two have been designated national historic landmarks. With spectacular views of the river valley below, its avenue of arching elms, and the addition of Wesleyan’s formidable “Brownstone Row,” the street has attracted many to the hill. Dignitaries, including George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, William Howard Taft, and Martin Luther King Jr., came to High Street.
ISBN: 9781467105460
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Connecticut
Series: Images of America
Images: 226
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Alain Munkittrick, an architect and Wesleyan graduate, served on Wesleyan’s Landmarks Advisory Board. Deborah Shapiro, past executive director of the Middlesex County Historical Society, is municipal historian for the City of Middletown. The authors’ selection of photographs—many never published before—are principally drawn from the collections of Wesleyan University Library, Special Collections & Archives, and the Middlesex County Historical Society.
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