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,
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
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...