The Girl in the Blue Calico Dress

Something a little different for this week’s History Corner:

It’s that time of year again. Autumn is here and with Halloween approaching, memories of old ghost stories are sparked by the winds that whistle gently through the falling leaves during the chilling evening hours of Continue reading “The Girl in the Blue Calico Dress”

The Bridgeport Hydraulic Company & Eminent Domain

Eminent domain. Merrium-Webster defines it as: a right of a government to take private property for public use by virtue of the superior dominion of the sovereign power over all lands within its jurisdiction.

When I was growing up in the 1950’s, the mere mention of the Bridgeport Continue reading “The Bridgeport Hydraulic Company & Eminent Domain”

Then & Now – The Sport Hill Schoolhouse

Presented by the Historical Society of Easton.

After the Parish of North Fairfield was established in 1762, one of the first orders of business was to establish a school system to educate the children. On December 29th of that year, the members of the parish voted to maintain five Continue reading “Then & Now – The Sport Hill Schoolhouse”

A Sign of the Times

The Historical Society of Easton’s expanded House Plaque Program.

When the Historical Society of Easton was formed during the summer of 1968, the initial mission was to find a parcel of land and then move the 1850’s Adams School House onto it. The schoolhouse had originally been Continue reading “A Sign of the Times”

Articles from the Courier 8/24/20 – 8/30/20

In case you missed it: Check out these articles posted in the Easton Courier in the past week, from Monday, August 24 to Sunday, August 30.

Don’t forget to subscribe to email notifications. It’s free, and you control the frequency. You can enter your email address here: You control your notification Continue reading “Articles from the Courier 8/24/20 – 8/30/20”

The Apple Barn – A Slice of Easton History

A personal account as written exclusively for the Historical Society of Easton by Noel Quinton.

The second of a two-part seriesThe Retail Operation.

The 1960’s and 70’s:

In those days, the appeal of the place was based foremost on the quality of its fresh fruit and cider, Continue reading “The Apple Barn – A Slice of Easton History”

Aspetuck Valley Orchards & the Apple Barn

A personal account as written exclusively for the Historical Society of Easton by Noel Quinton.

Part One of a Two Part Series – The Orchards:

During the summer of 1973 countless games of ping-pong were played in our barn on a recently acquired table that filled the rear bay between Continue reading “Aspetuck Valley Orchards & the Apple Barn”

Then & Now – The Easton Town Hall

Most of us have had occasion to visit the Town Hall at the corner of Center & Morehouse Roads. Have you ever wondered about the history of the building or what preceded the present edifice? Neither the location nor the structure appears to fit the typical Norman Rockwell image of Continue reading “Then & Now – The Easton Town Hall”

Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town

The Historical Society of Easton presents – In The News: 1923.

Robert Daniel Edwards was the middle child of Daniel Webster Edwards and his wife Julia. Born in December of 1885, Robert was raised in the stone house that his great grandfather had built on Judd Road in Easton just Continue reading “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”

Then & Now – Finding the Lost Birdsey Beers House

One of the glaring inequities of the splitting of Weston into two separate towns in May of 1845 was the state’s decision to allow the much smaller of the two towns — Weston which had about half as many houses — to retain all the land records that had been amassed since the original Continue reading “Then & Now – Finding the Lost Birdsey Beers House”