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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


Collinsville Savings Society

Lisa’s Crown & Hammer Restaurant and Pub


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


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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Coming work

Our intrepid volunteers are hard at work on the next newsletter, and perhaps a presentation. It has to do with another anniversary and another flood… March 18th, 1936 and the failure of the Greenwoods Dam.
Here is a little teaser from a newspaper account of the event:
“Gray skies pressed close to the nearby hills and from them a drizzling rain fell steadily on the town and on the Farmington River which divides it. It fell too on the great bulk of the Greenwoods dam which bulwarked a great reservoir of water above the city.
Mr. Langevin rubbed his eyes. He could almost have sworn the dam moved. Then while he watched the dam did move.
Slowly – almost carefully- a great crack spread across the downstream surface of the dam. Slowly a huge section bulged outward. A trickle of water filtered through and then the whole section eased out. Millions of gallons of water fought through the opening. In a moment they shouldered away remnants of the dam crashed to the river and fell forward. Mr. Langevin saw them take the first bridge and shoulder its steel girders from their path.’

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Town Functions

Function at Monaghan's basement

Sometime just before or around 1911.

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New Hartford Little League, 1956

Anybody recognize these boys? The photograph was taken in 1956 in New Hartford, Ct by T. Auburn.

New Hartford Little League Team 1956


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See you Friday!

Have you seen this map?

or these photos?

or read this letter?


We had a great event for the commemoration of the Flood of 1955 and it wouldn’t have been possible without your support! Between the tour of the Colebrook dam and our presentation of interviews, photographs, and maps probably a hundred people came. And thanks to that set of events, we have more letters, not only about the flood, to scan and add to our collection.

This Friday we have another event: our annual Wine Tasting.

The wine tasting is a great way to sample local food, dozens of types of wine both international and local, increasingly more types of beer, and possibly some specialty items. You will be able to order wine and beer at great prices as well.

But it is also our main fundraiser for the year. We hope to see you there, in support of  history and in the support of making that history known to this and future generations.

For just one example, the virtual map, which we want to add to, would not be possible without such support.

Tickets will be $25 at the door. Ski Sundown, New Hartford, CT. 6-9pm, September 11th, 2015

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NHHS 11th Annual Wine Tasting

Coming Events

The Eleventh Annual New Hartford Historical Society Wine Tasting

Come have a glass of wine with us!

September 11th, 2015


Ski Sundown, New Hartford, CT

$25 per person at the door (or in advance)

We always have a wide selection of wines, beers, and local food from our many area restaurants.

Good food, good wine, good music, and great company!

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Dam Tour!

SATURDAY, AUG 15, 2015

2 Tours at 10:00 and 1:00
Free, limited tour Space
Reserve your space by Aug 5th: Call Pat at 860-922-4508 for reservations and directions.
Come join the Army Corps of Engineers on a walking tour of the dam. Find out how they protect and serve our community.

Saturday 3:00 to 6:00 at the New Hartford Town Hall Senior Center
($10 suggested donation (free for members))
Come hang out and learn about the 1955 Flood that changed our community forever. Hear firsthand dramatic accounts and learn about our virtual tour. Come enjoy a beverage, snack, and a good discussion with our Town Historian. Program starts at 3:30 pm

Learn about the impact of the 1955 flood

Find out about our new virtual flood tour

537 Main St.
New Hartford, CT
Wednesdays 7-9

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We Have A Date!

Come have a glass of wine with us!

New Hartford Historical Society’s Eleventh Annual Wine Tasting

September 11th, 2015


Ski Sundown, New Hartford, CT

$25 per person at the door (or in advance)

We always have a wide selection of wines, beers, and local food from our many area restaurants.

Good food, good wine, good music, and great company!

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Did you know?

Most people in the area are familiar with the Satan’s Kingdom launch site on the Farmington River. Owned by the state, this popular site, just upstream of the Route 44 bridge in New Hartford, hosts a booming tubing industry each summer, as well as giving access to countless fishermen and hikers (it is an access point for the Tunxis Blue Blaze Trail).

The parking lot, angling off from Route 44: a long paved stretch that gently angles away from the road, with a sharp, final bend right before the river is entirely unmemorable.

Except….that parking lot? It is actually the old, original road. The road that existed before the 1955 Flood, before the death and destruction which visited that site, where once the Dewdrop Inn stood and where nearly an entire family died in the floodwaters of August, 1955.

Today’s road towers above the old alignment, a concrete statement that the devastating floods of the Upper Farmington valley would not be permitted again.  So much was changed in that summer that locations in the town are not always easily recognized.

We hope that our exhibit, coming in August, will explore these sweeping changes.

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