Historic Houses of the Connecticut River Valley

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New England's Connecticut River meanders 410 miles south from the Canadian border to Long Island Sound. After thousands of years of peaceful habitation by Indigenous people came 400 years of development around European settlements, farmsteads, shipping ports, and manufacturing mills. Farmers, boatbuilders, quarrymen, and industrialists benefitted from the river valley's fertile plains, geological resources, and waterpower. Ready access to markets at Boston, New York, the West Indies, and Europe fueled the growth of the valley's towns and major cities such as Hartford and Springfield. The valley has been home to consequential social reformers, authors, and intellectuals. Its bucolic settings attracted artists who came to the renowned colonies at Cornish and Lyme, steamboat tourists, and urban transplants with modern lifestyles. The most important houses they built, many of which are designated national historic landmarks and open to the public, and some newly discovered properties are highlighted here for their architectural significance and rich historical associations.
ISBN: 9781467108331
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Connecticut
Series: Images of America
Images: 280
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Alain Munkittrick, an architect, architectural historian, and advocate for historic preservation, lives in the Connecticut River Valley. In this book, he curates historic photographs from the archives of local historical societies, museums, libraries, and private collections throughout the valley. Many of these images are being published for the first time along with extensive research that reveals their fascinating history.
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