Monday, May 12, 2008

History of the Valley Railroad

A Cooperative Meeting of the Historical Societies
from Chester, Deep River, and East Haddam.

--- Held at the Chester Historical Society ---
9 West Main Street, Chester
(just east of the Chester Library)

Max Miller, Railroad Historian from Haddam
will present a program on the history of the Valley Railroad,
which served East Haddam with a stop at the far side of the bridge.

Free Admission! Refreshments Will Be Served!

Sunday, May 18, 2008, 3pm

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“The Village Smithy Speaks”

East Haddam Historical Society & Museum
264 Town Street, PO Box 27
East Haddam CT 06423-0027

“The Village Smithy Speaks”
Presented by Dick Everett

Wednesday, May 14, 7:30pm

--- At the EHHS Museum ---
Free Admission for Members / $5.00 for Non-Members
Refreshments will be served!

"The Settlement of the Oblong" of CT and NY

Connecticut Ancestry Society, Inc. Annual Meeting & Seminar

"The Settlement of the Oblong" How the boundary between New York and Connecticut was determined with Harlan Jessup at the Keeler Tavern Museum on Sunday, May 18, 2008 beginning at 2:00 PM

Everyone Invited & Welcome Free, but RSVP requested. Sponsored and refreshments provided by Ridgefield Historical Society & The Keeler Tavern Museum

Following a brief 15-minute annual business meeting, "Connecticut Ancestry" editor, Harlan Jessup, will uncover some of the mystery surrounding the settlement of the Oblong.

Who settled this narrow strip of "Equivalent Lands" which compensated New York for that part of Fairfield County which projects toward the Hudson River? North and South Salem were settled largely by Ridgefield
families, but further north there were only squatters who had no clear title to the lands. And not all the legitimate settlers came directly from Connecticut.

The Keeler Tavern Museum is located at 132 Main Street, Ridgefield, Connecticut. Please RSVP with the number of attendees to the Ridgefield Historical Society at (203) 438-5821 or

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Also, check out an Irish Genealogical Workshop being held at the Bridgeport (CT) Public Library on Saturday, May 17th beginning at 10:30am. Details at