Wicked Litchfield County
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Thieves, rumrunners and rapscallions all color the unsavory side of Litchfield County history. Townspeople accused women of witchcraft simply for not bearing enough children in the early days of the region. During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Owen Sullivan and William Stuart took advantage of the county’s isolated stretches and a currency shortage to build counterfeiting empires. In 1780, Barnett Davenport’s brutal actions earned him infamy as the nation’s first mass murderer. Small-time speakeasies slowly took hold, and the omnipresence of alcohol-fueled crime led to the birth of the nationwide prohibition movement. Local historian Peter C. Vermilyea explores these and other devilish tales from the seedier history of Litchfield County.
The History Press
: 9781467119696
: The History Press
: 07/18/2016
: Connecticut
: Wicked
: 40 Black And White
: 144
: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
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Peter C. Vermilyea teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village, Connecticut, and at Western Connecticut State University. A graduate of Gettysburg College, he is the director of the student scholarship program at his alma mater’s Civil War Institute. He is the author of Hidden History of Litchfield County (The History Press, 2014), recipient of the 2015 CultureMax Award and he maintains the Hidden in Plain Sight blog (www.hiddeninplainsightblog.com).
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