Crying, ‘Cockles and Mussles, alive, alive, oh!’

Where was Dublin town anyway?

Like many New England/Mid Atlantic towns that had industrial centers, New Hartford had a steady number of immigrants moving through it in successive waves.  One of the largest, and earliest, groups were the Irish, who found ready employment at the textile mills of Greenwoods and D.B. Smith, along with the Chapin company’s tool manufacturing.  Upper and Lower Dublin were the names given to the side streets on Holcomb Hill.  This area was, literally, on the other side of the tracks.  Greenwoods company built several blocks of company mill houses in the area.  Two of these wooden row-houses still stand on the dead end street just above the old factory.

Successive waves of other immigrants and the collapse of industry has almost eradicated the memory of these families, but that they were a real, vibrant presence is not in doubt; recorded in the maps, the stories, and even a few local ballads.

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