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Vacation at the Bantam Lake House

March 28, 2007 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Today, Litchfield County is considered the summer playground of the wealthy. Apparently the area of Bantam Lake served as a resort of sorts in the 1870s. Recently added to the collection is the guest book from the Bantam Lake House, 1875-1878. Many of the visitors were from Litchfield County, some were from New York State,…
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Iron industry in Litchfield County

January 29, 2008 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

There are so many topics for research in this collection, I don’t know where to start. We just acquired 48 account books that belonged to John Adam and Samuel Forbes, both individually and as the partnership Forbes & Adam. These two men were instrumental in developing the iron industry around East Canaan, Connecticut. Adam lived…
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Eli Whitney orders supplies for his armory

July 8, 2008 · Collections, Manuscripts ·

Eli Whitney, best known for inventing the cotton gin, was also a pioneer in mass-producing firearms.  There is little documentation, however, about this aspect of his engineering prowess. In a letter CHS recently acquired, Whitney himself provides some specifics. The letter was written to John Adam of the Forbes & Adam foundry in Canaan.  Whitney…
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Treasure Maps

June 5, 2013 · Collections ·

Maps may lead us to buried treasure, but not all treasure is found below the ground. On Saturday, June 8, learn more about the map holdings of CHS at our Behind-the-Scenes tour. A map recently discovered in the Rudd and Holley Family Collection leads us to another kind of “buried treasure.” 

Monster Lake Trout

June 12, 2013 · Collections ·

As the early days of summer heat up and with Father’s day right around the corner, our thoughts turn to outside pursuits. Hiking, swimming, and fishing are just some of the activities Nutmeggers have enjoyed through the generations.  In 1927, a “monster” Lake Trout was pulled from Lake Wononscopomuc in Lakeville, CT.

Fitz Hollister’s Observations on Virginia

November 26, 2014 · Collections ·

Fitz Green Hollister was a young farmer from Washington, Connecticut, when he joined the 18th Regiment, Connecticut Volunteers, in 1861. His letters home and his dairies evidence a keen intellect and an eye for detail.

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