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"The Grist Mill", by Daniel F. Wentworth, 1884

Farmington Landscape Artists

Other nineteenth-century landscapists worked in Farmington. Aaron Draper Shattuck (1832–1928) painted “Farmington River and Shore Foliage” in 1879. Daniel F. Wentworth (1850–1934) painted the Grist Mill in 1884, Allen Butler …

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Theodate Pope Riddle by Robert Brandegee

Theodate Pope Riddle

Theodate Pope Riddle was an American architect. She was one of the first American women architects as well as a survivor of the Lusitania. A graduate of Miss Porter’s School, …

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Emancipation Proclamation

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Farmington landscape, by James MacDougal Hart

On the Farmington River

Farmington River, Farmington, Connecticut by James McDougal Hart The Civil War brought change to American aesthetics, and demand for art of a different style – perhaps to help heal the …

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Tunxis Monument

Photo by Brooke Martin A brown sandstone monument, erected in 1840 at Riverside Cemetery, honors the Tunxis tribe.  Inscribed on it are the lines of Hartford poet Lydia Huntley Sigourney: Chieftains …

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The Amistad Captives

From March through November 1841, Farmington was home to the African Mendi captives who had rebelled and overtaken the slave-ship, La Amistad. The 53 captives, mostly Mendi from what is now Sierra …

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Underground Railroad

Beginning in the late 1700s, many slaves sought freedom by fleeing north to “free” states and Canada. Independent groups of abolitionist sympathizers together formed a network of secret routes and …

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The Farmington Library Company

In February 1839 the Village Library/Phoenix became the Farmington Library Company and moved to the old Academy building with William Porter as librarian. In his 1890 address at the opening …

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Riverside Cemetery

Photo by Brooke Martin Farmington’s Riverside Cemetery lies above and beside the banks of the Farmington River, a tranquil oasis from the traffic on nearby streets. Those who come to …

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Farmington Canal

The Farmington Canal

  In 1822 the Farmington Canal Company was chartered to build the waterway from New Haven to Northampton, Massachusetts. Construction on the canal, which was inspired by the Erie Canal, …

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