The Unfulfilled Pledge of Liberty & Justice for All

The first of a two-part series on the history of slavery, abolition, and African Americans in Easton.

“I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August Continue reading “The Unfulfilled Pledge of Liberty & Justice for All”

The Politics of Masking

As many of us return to work and life in our Connecticut communities, we are continuing to face a new set of social expectations regarding health and safety as Covid-19 cases subside locally. Recommended measures still include social distancing and self quarantine if exposed, and Continue reading “The Politics of Masking”

The Historical Society of Easton Presents Then & Now

Easton residents are often surprised to learn that the town supported two independent Methodist congregations for over forty years during the middle of the nineteenth century. The one shown here was known as the Center Street Church. This building was erected in 1844 on land donated Continue reading “The Historical Society of Easton Presents Then & Now”

1910 – The Year the Grinches Stole the Sport Hill Races

The final chapter.

The 1909 races had been cut short by a tragic accident that sent several spectators to the hospital. One young man, Hosmer Potter of Bridgeport, had suffered multiple broken bones as well as a traumatic head injury. Potter had spent two weeks in the hospital, Continue reading “1910 – The Year the Grinches Stole the Sport Hill Races”

Catch the Last Bus to Easton

Public transportation in Easton? Once upon a time – yes!

Development and growth in Easton had been severely hampered in the late nineteenth century due to the lack of rail service. A planned rail line that would have run through the Aspetuck Valley in Easton and Redding, connecting Continue reading “Catch the Last Bus to Easton”

1909 – Shattered Records – Shattered Bones

This is the second of the Historical Society of Easton’s 3 part series on the Sport Hill Races:

The 1908 Sport Hill Races had been a rousing success. Nearly sixty entries, nine races, and more people than Easton had ever seen. But even success sometimes breeds ill consequences.

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The Sport Hill Races – 1908

Perhaps the subject I get asked most about when it comes to Easton history is the annual Hill Climb that was held at Sport Hill every Decoration Day on May 30th during much of the first decade of the twentieth century. This is the first of three articles the Historical Society of Continue reading “The Sport Hill Races – 1908”

Easton – 175 Years & Counting

Ever wonder how and when the town of Easton got its name? It all happened exactly 175 years ago, on May 23, 1845, when the Connecticut Legislature finally accepted a petition requesting Weston be split into two separate towns. That petition was presented by twenty-nine Weston residents, Continue reading “Easton – 175 Years & Counting”

Finding Private Lyon

Presented by the Historical Society of Easton

Research for this article began over two years ago when I learned of an Easton Civil War soldier who perished while being held captive as a prisoner of war in a Confederate prison camp. My quest to discover more about Private Olius Continue reading “Finding Private Lyon”

Everyday History in Easton

Easton’s 150th Anniversary Parade, September 16, 1995

This month, Easton reaches a landmark anniversary as it turns 175 years old.  As a parish that was once part of Weston, our town was settled by independent, brave and hardworking colonials who were often referred to as “outlivers” Continue reading “Everyday History in Easton”