Hampton Connecticut 06247
Hampton CT Town Travel Business Information
Welcome to historic Hampton, Connecticut.
Shortly after 1712, this area was settled as Windham Village. The first settlers were primarily farmers, whose immediate work was to clear and plow the land, plant crops, dig root cellars, and build houses, barns, and sheds. They also harnessed water power to run the grist and sawmills. Cattle were crucial for survival.
The early settlers needed oxen to plow and cows for milk, butter, cheese, and meat. Their diet also included fish, turkey, deer, rabbit, duck, and dove as well as fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Work on the farm was hard. The entire family worked day and night. In addition, some time had to be set aside to home-school the children. But none of this discouraged more people from moving to the new settlement.
Years passed…the settlement grew. And when the call came to declare independence from England, the finest men went to fight in the Revolutionary War – among them were Peter Foster and his 12 sons (a united service that was unsurpassed by any other Colonial family).
Local farm families generously supplied food for George Washington’s’ men. In 1786, the Town of Hampton was established. Its citizens were farmers, tradesmen, merchants, teachers, lawyers, pastors, and doctors.
Soon after there were mills along the Little River to make cider, shingles, and cotton. There was a tannery and factories that made pins, buttons, rakes, spectacles, hats, and silver spoons. There were one-room schools for the children and inns for travelers. During the winter months, local ponds were used to supply ice to everyone who owned an ice house.
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Hampton Connecticut Town Guide
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Hampton CT Local Information
Hampton Police Dispatch: 911
Hampton Fire Department: 911
Ambulance Service: 911
Town Hall Telephone: 860-455-9132
Hampton Town Hall FAX: 860-455-0517
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