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Canterbury

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Canterbury
State:
Connecticut
County:
Windham County
Probate District:
27
Year Established:
1703
Year Incorporated:
Form of Government:
Selectman - Town Meeting
Town Hall Address:
Town Clerk
P.O. Box 27
1 Municipal Drive
Canterbury, CT 06331
(860) 546-9377
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Web Address:
www.Canterbury-CT.org/

History Brief:
There may have been settlers here on the Quinebaug River as early as 1690. Major John Fitch of Norwich bought land in 1697 from Owaneco, the son of Uncas, Sachem of the Mohegans. Fitch named the plantation, Kent. On 14 October 1703, the General Assembly named the town Canterbury and set a line dividing it from Plainfield. Town vital records begin 1703. Barbour collection records cover 1703-1850.

   
Other City Names (0)
No Data Available.
 
Settled From (0)
No Data Available.
 
Population (8)
Year:1870
Population:1552

Year:1880
Population:1272

Year:1910
Population:868

Year:1920
Population:896

Year:1930
Population:942

Year:1940
Population:992

Year:1950
Population:1321

Year:2000
Population:4692
 
Founding Families (18)
Surname:Adams

Surname:Backus

Surname:Brooks

Surname:Bushnell

Surname:Butts

Surname:Cady

Surname:Cleveland

Surname:Front

Surname:Green

Surname:Hyde

Surname:Johnson

Surname:Jones

Surname:Litter

Surname:Paine

Surname:Spalding

Surname:Tones

Surname:Tracy

Surname:Woodward
 
Cemeteries (22)
Name:Baldwin Cemetery
Location:US 43 & US 53

Name:Bennett Cemetery
Location:US 53

Name:Bradford Cemetery
Location:US 53

Name:Carey Cemetery
Location:Rte 93

Name:Cleveland Cemetery
Location:Canterbury Center

Name:Dawson Cemetery
Location:North Society Rd

Name:Farnum Cemetery
Location:Parkville Section

Name:Harrington-Stevens Cemetery
Location:South part of town

Name:Hyde Cemetery
Location:northeast part of town

Name:Morse-Ruby Cemetery
Location:Near old railroad station

Name:New Smith Cemetery
Location:Across the road from the Old Smith Cemetery West Canterbury

Name:North Parish Cemetery
Location:Simeon Bradford Property

Name:Old Baldwin Cemetery
Location:Near old railroad station

Name:Old Smith Cemetery
Location:Across from the New Smith Cemetery, West Canterbury

Name:Park Cemetery
Location:West of Westminster

Name:Parker Cemetery
Location:US 53

Name:Perry Cemetery
Location:South of New Smith Cemetery West Canterbury

Name:Plains Cemetery
Location:Canterbury Plains

Name:Raymond Cemetery
Location:US 53

Name:Small Cemetery
Location:Next to Simeon Bradford Property

Name:Westminster Cemetery
Location:Westminster

Name:Wheeler Cemetery
Location:US 53
 
Churches (5)
Name:Calvary Chapel (860) 546-9396
Location:175 Westminster Rd., Canterbury, CT 06331
Website:www.calvarychapelcanterbury.org

Name:First Congregational Church of Canterbury (860) 546-9007
Location:6 Canterbury Rd., Canterbury, CT 06331
Website:www.uccwebsites.net/firstcongcanterburyct.html

Name:Quinebaug Valley Alliance Church (860) 546-6462
Location:569 South Canterbury Rd., Canterbury, CT 06331
Website:www.qvalliance.org/

Name:St. Augustine Catholic Church (860) 546-6074
Location:144 Westminster Rd., Canterbury, CT 06331
Website:www.staugustine-canterbury.org/

Name:Westminster Congregational Church (860) 546-
Location:395 Westminster Rd., Canterbury, CT 06331
 
Monuments (0)
No Data Available.
 
Communities (3)
Name:Parkerville

Name:South Canterbury

Name:Westminster
 
Historical Locations (0)
No Data Available.
 
Notable Citizens (3)
Name:Horace Austin 1831-1905 6th Governor of Minnesota
Type:Historic

Name:Prudence Crandall 1803-1890 Opened a school for black girls
Type:Historic

Name:William Durkee Williamson 1779-1846 A governor of Maine
Type:Historic
 
Newspapers (1)
Name:Chronicle (860)423-8466
Type:Contemporary
Location:One Chronicle Rd., P.O. Box 148 Willimantic, CT 06331
Website:thechronicle.com
 
Schools (2)
Name:Canterbury Elementary School PreK-4 (860) 546-6744
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:67 Kitt Rd., Canterbury, CT 06331
Website:www.canterburypublicschools.org/ces.htm

Name:Dr Helen Baldwin Middle School 5-8 (860) 546-9421
Type:Middle School
Location:45 Westminster Rd., Canterbury, CT 06331
Website:www.canterburypublicschools.org/dhbm.htm
 
Libraries (1)
Name:Canterbury Public Library (860)546-9022
Type:Current
Location:1 Municipal Dr., Canterbury, cT 06331
Website:www.canterburypubliclibrary.org
 
Published Histories (0)
No Data Available.
 
Genealogy Websites (2)
Website Name:Canterbury Connecticut History
Website Address:www.connecticutgenealogy.com/windham/canterbury.htm

Website Name:US GenWeb Project
Website Address:www.ctgenweb.org/county/cowindham/ctccanterbury/index.htm
 
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
 
Town Historian (1)
Name:Contact the:
Contact Data:Canterbury Historical Society
P.O. Box 2
Canterbury, CT 06331
 
Vital Records (1)
Birth:1704 to Present - Earlier birth, marriage and death
Marriage:1706 to Present - records may be found in
Death:1709 to Present - Plainfield
 





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