SATURDAY, AUG 15, 2015
COLEBROOK DAM TOURS
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.
1955 FLOOD INFORMATION RECEPTION
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
NEW HARTFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY
537 Main St.
New Hartford, CT
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!
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.
Despite the long silence, we are working on things!
Currently in the works: the next issue of the newsletter will look at the Baker(s)ville Methodist Church, a continuation of our exploration of the town’s many churches. (Thank you, Tammy!)
We are also continuing to develop our presentation on the Flood of 1955, with several interviews of survivors already accomplished. (Thank you, Pat!)
Here is an excerpt from a transcribed letter talking about the Flood:
“When I got down stairs it was just beginning to be light. And I looked out the kitchen window and thought ‘what a low lying fog,’ then realized that I was looking at the river, halfway up on my back lawn. I looked out in front and Main Street was a swift river. I watched the water creep up to my back porch, meanwhile getting my mower and car out. Mr. Gates helped me put the mower on the front veranda, and I left the car just north of the dining room. I then got the contents out of the safe and moved a few other things upstairs. I went down to the cellar to try to get some things, but heard a crack and a roar and made a dash for the stairs just as the hatchway started spouting streams of muddy water. ”
What happened next?
As always, if you have any information about New Hartford, we would love to hear about it!
Filed under Events, Excerpts
Ever wondered about the stately brick houses that dot the New Hartford landscape? Who built them, why, and when?
Come find out about a remarkable chapter in New Hartford’s architectural, industrial, and social history on January 22nd, 2015 at 7pm at the New Hartford Town Hall. David Krimmel, retired town historian, will relate his findings on all of the brick houses of the town. Mr. Krimmel’s knowledge of the early history of New Hartford, who owned what and when, is unrivaled.
Open to the public, donations gratefully accepted.
I (the anonymous author of this quondam blog 🙂 ) would like to thank Ginny and Bob Worrest, Pat and Tammy Casey, and Barbara LaMere, for all their wonderful work in making our wine tasting fundraiser a success once more! Along with all of our local sponsors, without local business where would we be?
I would also encourage people to help us with our next project: 2015 will be the 60th anniversary of the 1955 Flood which changed the face of Northwestern Connecticut permanently. If you, or a relative, have any recollections, artifacts, or anything at all relating to the Flood, we would love to know about it! We are quite happy to make copies of original documents if need be. Digital, paper, or other submissions would be much appreciated!
Thank you all for your support and interest.
Our one, and only, fundraiser for the year: September 12th, 2014 from 6 to 9pm at Ski Sundown. Our wine tasting is not only an excellent way to taste a wide variety of wines and beers; but it is a great dinner. We will have a number of dishes from various local restaurants: Pizza to Lobster Macaroni to Thai!
$25 at the door, hope to see you there! Come support local history!