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Farmington Bicentennial Quilt at Main Library

Farmington Bicentennial Quilt, 1976

The Farmington Bicentennial Quilt, 1976   The creation of the Farmington Quilt was an extraordinary community project involving 120 volunteers who donated their time and talent over a two-year period. …

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Portrait of Robert Brandegee, by Cecilia Beaux, 1917

Robert Brandegee

Portrait of Robert Brandegee by Cecilia Beaux, 1917. Courtesy of FVGLA Robert Brandegee (1849-1922) was hired by Sarah Porter in 1880 and succeeded Tuthill as art teacher at the school. …

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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 Abolitionist Movement

  Slavery was legal in the thirteen colonies before the Revolution, but antislavery sentiment grew after the war. The first article published in America that called for the abolition of …

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Washington Rides Through

Washington passed through Farmington at least six times during the war. In 1780 he traveled through the town on the way to Hartford, where he met Rochambeau. On his return, …

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African Americans from Farmington Join the Fight

Some of the African American soldiers from Farmington were free men, but others were slaves. In Speaking for Ourselves, published by the Farmington Historical Society in 1998, Barbara Donahue wrote that Pharoah …

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