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Colchester

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Colchester
State:
Connecticut
County:
New London County
Probate District:
28
Year Established:
1698
Year Incorporated:
Form of Government:
Selectman - Town Meeting
Town Hall Address:
Town Clerk
40 Norwich Avenue
Colchester, CT 06415
(860) 537-7215
Research Hours: 9 a.m - 4 p.m
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Web Address:
www.colchesterct.net/

History Brief:
Jeremiah Adams of Hartford was granted land here in March 1661/2 and the area became known as Jeremiah�s Farme. It was also called the Plantation of Twenty-mile River. In 1669, the Court ruled that the plantation should be called Colchester. The town was incorporated in 1698. Town vital records begin 1698. Barbour collection records cover 1699-1850.
   
Other City Names (2)
Name:Jeremiah's Farme

Name:Plantation of Twenty-mile River
 
Settled From (0)
No Data Available.
 
Population (8)
Year:1910
Population:2140

Year:1920
Population:5050

Year:1930
Population:2134

Year:1940
Population:2338

Year:1950
Population:2995

Year:1980
Population:7761

Year:1990
Population:10900

Year:2000
Population:14551
 
Founding Families (1)
Surname:John Taylor
 
Cemeteries (26)
Name:Abavath Achim Cemetery
Location:Taintor Hill Road

Name:Antioch Cemetery
Location:Salem Town line

Name:Babcock Farm Cemetery
Location:Cemetery in Salem

Name:Buckley Cemetery
Location:Buckley Hollow (all bodies said to be removed)

Name:Bull Hill Cemetery
Location:Bull Hill Road

Name:Chestnut Hill Cemetery
Location:Kramer Farm

Name:Colchester Jewish Aid Congregational Cemetery
Location:Gillette Lane

Name:Cuckle Hill Cemetery
Location:New London Turnpike

Name:Day Cemetery
Location:New London Turnpike

Name:Foot Cemetery
Location:Paran Road

Name:Keeney Cemetery
Location:New London Turnpike

Name:Linwood Cemetery
Location:Linwood Cemetery Road

Name:Newton Ranson Cemetery
Location:West Road near Salem Town Line

Name:Old Cemetery
Location:Rear of Bacon Academy

Name:Palmer Cemetery
Location:Chestnut Hill Road

Name:Ponemab (Ponemak, Ponoma) Cemetery
Location:River Road

Name:ST. John Cemetery
Location:Route 85

Name:Scott Hill Cemetery
Location:Norwich Turnpike (5 1/2 miles SE of center)

Name:Scovell Cemetery
Location:Paran Road

Name:St. Andrew Cemetery
Location:Anston Road

Name:St. Andrew Cemetery
Location:Gillette Lane

Name:St. Joseph Cemetery
Location:Hebron Road

Name:Waterhole Cemetery
Location:1 1/2 mile south of Comstock Bridge in East Hampton

Name:Wells Cemetery
Location:Param Road

Name:Westchester Cemetery
Location:Cemetery Road

Name:Worthington Cemetery
Location:School Street
 
Churches (8)
Name:Christian Life Chapel (860) 537-3914
Location:32 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, CT 06415
Website:christianlifechapel.org/

Name:Colchester Assembly of God (860) 537-3082
Location:85 Skinner Road, Colchester, CT 06415
Website:www.abundantlifecolchester.org

Name:Colchester Bible Baptist Church (860) 537-1050
Location:38 Chestnut Hill Road, Colchester, CT 06415
Website:colchesterbible.org

Name:Colchester Federated Church (860) 537-5189
Location:60 Main Street, Colchester, CT 06415
Website:www.colchesterfederatedchurch.org

Name:Jehovahs Witnesses - Colchester (860) 267-6531
Location:297 Westchester Road, Colchester, CT 06415
Website:www.watchtower.org

Name:St. Andrews Church (860) 537-2355
Location:128 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, CT 06415

Name:St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church (860) 537-2069
Location:178 Lindwood Avenue, Colchester, CT 6415
Website:www.stmarys-colchester.org

Name:Westchester Congregational Church (8660) 267-0480
Location:449 Westchester Road, Colchester, CT 06415
Website:www.westchestergcongregationalchurch.org
 
Monuments (0)
No Data Available.
 
Communities (3)
Name:Cherry Corners

Name:North Westchester

Name:Westchester
 
Historical Locations (0)
No Data Available.
 
Notable Citizens (4)
Name:Antonia Van-Loom (1940-1993) Author, also coined Colchester motto "Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow"
Type:Contemporary

Name:John Adams (1772-1863) Founder of Phillips Exeter Academy, Principal of Beacon Academy
Type:Historic

Name:Lyman Trumbull (1813-1896) US Senator representing Illinois
Type:Historic

Name:Stephen Austin (1793-1836) Known as the "Father" of Texas attented Beacon Academy
Type:Historic
 
Newspapers (1)
Name:Regional Standard - Weekly (860) 347-3331 ext. 220
Type:Contemporary
Location:2 Main Street, 2fl., Middletown, CT 06457
Website:www.zwire.com
 
Schools (4)
Name:Beacon Academy 9-12 (860) 537-2378
Type:High School
Location:611 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, CT 06415
Website:www.colchesterct.org/page.cfm?p=12

Name:Colchester Elementary School Pk-2 (860) 537-0717
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:315 Halls Hill Road Colchester, CT 06415
Website:www.colchesterct.org/page.cfm?p=16

Name:Jack Jackter Internediate School 3-5 (860) 537-9421
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:215 Halls Hill Road, Colchester, CT 06415
Website:www.colchesterct.org/page.cfm?p=14

Name:William J. Johnson Middle School 6-8 (860) 537-2313
Type:Middle School
Location:360 Norwich Avenue, Colchester, CT 06415
Website:www.colchesterct.org/page.cfm?p=91
 
Libraries (1)
Name:Cragin Memorial Library (860) 537-5752
Type:Current
Location:8 Linwood Avenue, P.O. Box 508, Colchester, CT 06415
 
Published Histories (0)
No Data Available.
 
Genealogy Websites (1)
Website Name:USGenWeb Project
Website Address:www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ctnewlon/colchester.html
 
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
 
Town Historian (1)
Name:Stanley Moroch
Contact Data:144 McDonald Road
Colchester, CT 06415
townclerk@colchesterct.gov
or Contact the
Colchester Historical Society
24 Linwood Avenue
P.O. Box 13
Colchester, CT 06415
(860) 537-4230
 
Vital Records (1)
Birth:1698 - Present
Marriage:1698 - Present
Death:1698 - Present
 





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