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The New Hartford Historical Society

‘New Hartford’s Railroads’

Presented by Anne C. Hall, Ph.D.

7:00 pm on November 3rd, 2016

At the New Hartford Town Hall

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Thank you!

We once more had a record breaking wine tasting with almost three hundred people attending. The evening was a major success and very helpful in our continuing work to take New Hartford’s history well into the future.

Here is a list of all our vendors and sponsors who helped make it successful. We would also like to thank Tony’s Package Store for their wonderful wine, beer, and specialty liquor selections. Many of these are local businesses that rely on our support, stop in and say hi!

A & J Quality Roofing

Amerprise Financial

Barden Farm

Better Half Bistro

Blue Sky Foods

Farmers Insurance

Buttercup Confections

Canton Barn Auctions

Canton Creamery

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

Chatterley’s

Collinsville Savings Society

Lisa’s Crown & Hammer Restaurant and Pub

Dance

The D’More Agency, David D’Amore, Jr. Real Estate

David J. Orszulak,  CPA, CFA, Ameriprise

Dom’s Coffee

Doug Gerard The 1832 House

Foothills VNA

Garden of light Natural foods market

Susan & Steve Goralski

George’s Restaurant

Goff’s Equipment Service, LLC

Goulet Printery

High Farms Kennels

Infinity Music Hall & Bistro

James Casey Chef

Joan Auclair, Literate Graphic Design

Jules Poirier Co., LLC

La Trattoria

Lippincott Van Lines

Main Stream LLC

Marandino’s Supermarket

Mark Marchetti, Arborist & Gardener

Max a Mia Ristorante

Michel Angelo’s

Mikado Asian Bistro

Montano-Shea Funeral Home

NeJaime’s Package Store

New England Online Auctions

New Hartford Democratic Town Committee

New Hartford Diner

New Hartford Republican Town Committee

Northwest Community Bank

Noujaim’s Food and Catering

Passiflora

Pearse-Bertram, Kristen Jones

Peddlers’ Junction

Bakker Agency, Insurance & Financial Services

Pizza Pete’s

Portobello’s Ristorante

Quinoco Energy Services

Radwick’s Coffee & Sandwich

Raimie H. Weber Jeweler

Reilly Capital Management, LLC

Rivers Edge Bistro

Riverside Nursery & Garden Center

Rogers Law Firm, LLC

Russ’s Septic Service

Santoro Law Office, LLC

Saybrook Fish House

Select Physical Therapy

Ski Sundown

Tangarone & Prelli Insurance

TD Bank

Head Shoppe Salon

The Parrot Delaney

Tony’s Drive-In Package Store

Torrington Savings Bank

Valerie Manor

Village Hair Care

Winsted Feed & Supply

Winsted Hospital for Animals, PC

Zordan & Sons Wall and Ceiling

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New Board

After a number of years, we finally have a full board for the historical society once more. We would like to thank the long serving board members, in particular the Caseys, for all of their hard work and years of service. As always, we are open on Wednesdays between 7 and 9 p.m. We don’t bite and would love to talk to you!

Pat Casey: President

Chris Sihpol: Vice President

Natalie Sihpol: Treasurer

Anne Hall: Secretary

Tammy Casey

Heather Rankin

David Krimmel

Ginny Worrest

Bob Worrest

David Cravanzola

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Wine Tasting!

Save the date: Twelfth Annual New Hartford Historical Society Wine Tasting!!!

September 9th, 2016

6 pm to 9 pm at Ski Sundown, New Hartford, CT

$25 per person, tickets available at the door.

The New Hartford Historical Society’s main fundraiser is truly becoming an historic event. As always we will have a wide selection of local food, with some new vendors, along with (of course) dozens of wines and beers. The wine is international, and there just might be anything from Moonshine to Tequila (there was Chocolate last year!) While the food ranges from Pizza to Thai, and maybe figs, or chocolate, or European cheese for desert.  It is a great evening: excellent food, excellent wine and beer, and excellent company at a beautiful location.

 

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Coming up

Twelfth Annual New Hartford Historical Society Wine Tasting!!!

It is truly becoming an historic event. As always we will have a wide selection of local food, with some new vendors, along with (of course) dozens of wines and beers. It is a great evening: excellent food, excellent wine and beer, and excellent company at a beautiful location.

Save the date: September 9th, 2016 from 6 to 9 pm at Ski Sundown, New Hartford. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door.

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Summer is coming

In the last few weeks there has been a notable increase in the activity in the town focused on the water.  The trout season is open, with fishermen on the Dugway wall, in the Farmington, and fishing by boat in Lake McDonough (Compensating Reservoir) and in West Hill Lake.  One really knows that summer is not far, despite the weather, when one sees the buses for the Farmington River Tubing staged down by the Satan’s Kingdom bridge.  That business only dates from the 1970s.  But, swimming and water sports have been popular for much longer.  Until 1936, the Greenwoods Pond on the Farmington was an ideal place for yacht races and other such sports: formed by the power dam, it backed up a long sheet of water nearly to Pleasant Valley in Barkhamsted.  Equally popular was West Hill Pond, which in the late 1800’s had the sense of romantic wilderness which made the Hudson River and the Adirondacks beloved summer places.  Only, West Hill was much easier to get to.

Here is a summer scene from the late 1800’s:

Women on West Hill shore watching men in boat

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Maxfield Brothers’ Garage

Maxfield Brothers Garage

Maxfield Brothers Garage

L to R: 1) Unknown. 2) Joseph Morin 3) Gene Roubillard 4) Henry Knight 5) Herb Maxfield 6) Monty Maxfield

Maxfield was one of the town’s earliest garages. They specialized in Ford, what else, and Studebaker.  They also carried parts for bicycles. In addition to repairs, one could purchase gasoline, kerosene, various supplies, and (figuring prominently in the photographs) Coco-Cola. The garage was active in the teens and twenties, and possibly later. It was known as the brick garage and occupied the same space as the current Torrington Savings Bank in the center of New Hartford.

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