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Current Affairs

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!

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January 22nd, 2015

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.

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Belated Congratulations!

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.

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Hope to see you there!

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!

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Save the Date!

10th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Our tenth annual wine tasting is on September 12th, Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ski Sundown, New Hartford Ct.

The main fundraising event of the year for the society; this event has become the kick-off event for the winter season in New Hartford, with many people coming back into town after the summer away. Good wine, good food, good music, and good conversation, at a pleasant location. Tickets will be $25 at the door.

The wine ranges from Chile and Australia to Europe to California to Connecticut. The food is all by local restaurants and stores; it showcases many of the best restaurants in the area. Where else can you get a chance to try dozens of wines, and a few beers, get a good supper, and listen to some good music….all for twenty-five dollars?

We hope to see you there!

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Early military service

From ‘New Hartford History’ by Sarah Lucia Jones, pg 406:

“The first record pointing to active service by New Hartford troops us a reference to powder taken from the town stock by Israel Loomis at the time of the expedition against the fort at Lake George, from which it is gathered that a detachment of men under Lieut. Loomis were at the attack on Ticonderoga in 1758. The town records also mention the death of Nathaniel Seymour at Crown Point, Oct. 20, 1760; there were probably others who served at the same time who lived to return.”

This was part of the campaigns of the French-Indian War. New Hartford troops were also involved in the Battle of Havana in 1762.  Many, of course, were involved in the Revolutionary War, including an immediate response to the battles of Lexington and Concord.

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Coming Event

On June 11th, alternative date of June 25, New Hartford’s Town Historian, David Krimmel, will present his research on the town’s brick houses which built in the early 1800’s. The meeting will take place at 7pm in the New Hartford Town Hall.

Prior to this presentation, at 6:30 pm at the same location, we will be holding a special meeting to vote on the new bylaws for the society.  These will be passed out to all attending this meeting.  All members in good standing will be eligible to vote on the bylaws.

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New Hours

Starting on Monday, May 19th, the New Hartford Historical Society will be open from 10 am to noon on the first and third Mondays of the month, in addition to our regular hours from 7-9 pm on Wednesdays and 10-12 on some Saturdays.

Feel free to stop in!

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We are working on what our schedule of events should be for the summer and fall. We are happy to announce that our town historian, Dave Krimmel, will give a presentation on the set of Brick houses that were built in New Hartford in the early 1800’s.

We are also in the planning stages of a new exhibit to open in 2015.  It will be primarily based on photographs from one of the most dramatic events in the history of the town and how those photographs compare to what the town looked like both before the event and today.  Any guesses? I’ll give you a clue, August 1955 will be the 60th anniversary!

Check back for more information!

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The first stoves in town

(or the oddments one doesn’t think about).  A man by the name of Mr. Sadd was the first person to bring cooking/heating stoves into town, in the early 1800’s.  He was a silversmith and ironmonger, working in the North Village with a small foundry on West (or Carter) brook.  He bought stoves in Canton and sold them in New Hartford at first, but then he quickly turned to making them himself.  Prior to his work, all cooking and heating was done at the fireplace.  In 1829, he and his family moved west towards Ohio, presumably continuing to bring the new innovations of cooking stoves to settlements out there.

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