PLAINVILLE - Originally known as the Great Plain, Plainville was the last of several towns to separate from Farmington, incorporating in 1869.
Plainville's economy at the time included farmers, millers, tin workers, tanners, chair-makers and blacksmiths.
When the Farmington Canal opened and Plainville's population expanded, a bustling commercial center with new industries and manufacturing came alive.
"Plainville," a book written by Lynda J. Russell, a Plainville businesswoman, will be first made available for sale at a book signing at the Plainville Historical Society on Saturday between 1 and 5 p.m.
"In Plainville, I used a variety of pictures that describe the families, their homes and businesses still here run by second and more generations of the original owners," said Russell.
"I also wanted to acknowledge those special people who did a lot for Plainville that some people would not be aware of if I didn't include them in a chapter of their own."
Highlights of the book include the initial settlement of Plainville and the manufacturers and businesses around town. It explains the social clubs, organizations and the entertainment in the development of Plainville while also showing the special individuals who made contributions which have made Plainville what it is today.
The book has a soft cover, includes 128 pages and will be available for $19.99 locally at stores such as Kathy's Hallmark and The Chalkboard in Bristol and through Arcadia Publishing at (888) 313-2665 or www.arcadiap-ublishing.com following Saturday's book signing.
Arcadia publishes local and regional history in the United States.
Russell, who previously wrote "Bristol Historic Homes," also an Arcadia publication, is active in both Bristol and Plainville. Her affiliations include serving as president and historian of the Quota Club of Bristol, serving on the mayor's TEAM committee for the City of Bristol and being a member of both the Bristol and Plainville historical societies.