In 1638 the New Haven Colony traded "eleven coats of trucking cloth and one coat of English cloth made in the English fashion" to the Mattabesec Indians for land known as Totokett (Tidal River). The first permanent settlement was established in 1644 when people from Wethersfield came to Totokett, later renamed Branford after the town of Brentford in Middlesex County, England…..

 

It is not our mission to create a novel here or attempt to cover the entire history of Branford. Our goal is to bring some of the flavor, some of the events or locations of particular importance or interest to our community. In the following pages we hope you will come to appreciate the people who have come before us, their particular quirks and ambitions, to bring these people back, from being a whispered legend or a barely discernible scribble on a headstone, to share their hopes and aspirations. To preserve what evidence of their passing still exists so we can learn and appreciate their lives, their dreams, to hopefully, make us appreciate our own.

This “history” will be a continuous work in progress, come back often, see what’s “new” or revisit some old favorites. Here you find articles written by respected local residents who, in many cases, had their families actually live the tales told here.  With the help of the Branford Historical Society we hope to present regular articles, slices of life, about different parts of town. Share with you the buildings, sites and land that are being preserved for all to enjoy and learn from and to help track and find locations of particular historical or architectural significance to save for ourselves and our children.

 

Join us, let us look into the looking glass and see were we came from...

 

Chapters from the 350th Anniversary Commemorative Album

 

The Founders of Branford

 

Historic Districts

Celebrating Branford's Architectural Heritage

 

Saving Yesterday for Tomorrow

A Reminiscence

 

The Nature of Branford

 

The Decade before

English Settlement:

1635-1644

 

Archaeology in Branford

 

James Blackstone Memorial Library

The Churches of Totoket

Center Cemetery

A Glimpse of the Thimble Islands

 

Transportation

Moving Branford Forward

 

Branford Revival

 

Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library

 

Branford's Summer Hotels

 

 

The Leatherman

 

Reflections

 

Stony Creek Quarries

 

J. Andre Smith

 

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

 

MIF

Brings Change to Branford

 

Early Days of Telephone Service

 

The Branford Review is Founded

 

Hornets

 

Connecticut

Tercentenary

 

Branford's Hurricanes of the 20th Century

 

Remembrance

 

The V.N.A.

is Founded in Branford

 

Woman in Politics

Links to more Historical information

 

The Branford Historical Society

 

The Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism

 

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Heritage Preservation Services

 

The National Parks Services National Register of Historic Places

 

Incentives! A Guide to the Federal Preservation Tax Incentives Program for Income-Producing Properties

 

 

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