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Deep River

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Deep River
State:
Connecticut
County:
Middlesex County
Probate District:
33
Year Established:
1635
Year Incorporated:
Form of Government:
Town Meeting - Selectman
Town Hall Address:
Town Clerk
174 Main Street
Deep River, CT 06417
(860) 526-6024
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Web Address:
www.deepriverct.com/

History Brief:
Settlement of this area began as an independent Colony. On 19 March 1632, Lord Say and Seal, Lord Brooke and other Puritan leaders formed a company in London to begin a Puritan Colony in America. On 19 March 1632 they received a patent from Robert, Earl of Warwick, covering a vast area in New England. The holders of the ´┐ŻWarwick Patent´┐Ż were ultimately only able to enforce their control to about ten square miles around the mouth of the Connecticut River. In 1635, John Winthrop Jr. was commissioned Governor of the River Connecticut and sent as the agent of the Warwick Patentees to begin the settlement. The Governor´┐Żs men rebuffed attempts by the Dutch to establish a fort at Kievit´┐Żs Hook (Saybrook Point) and built Fort Saybrook commanded by Lieutenant Lion Gardiner. The settlement was called Saybrook in honor of its patrons and its name was established sometime before 1637. The expected arrival of prominent Puritans never materialized except for George and Lady Fenwick. The settlement gave up it independence and was transferred to the Connecticut Colony in 1644. Saybrook gave birth to the town of Lyme in 1667, the town of Chester in 1836, the town of Westbrook in 1840, the town of Old Saybrook in 1852 and the town of Essex in 1854. In 1947, the town of Saybrook changed its name to Deep River. Town vital records begin 1600. Barbour collection records cover (Saybrook) 1635-1850.
   
Other City Names (1)
Name:Saybrook
 
Settled From (0)
No Data Available.
 
Population (6)
Year:1940
Population:2332

Year:1950
Population:2558

Year:1970
Population:3690

Year:1980
Population:3994

Year:1990
Population:4332

Year:2000
Population:4610
 
Founding Families (3)
Surname:Backus

Surname:Kirtland

Surname:Pratt
 
Cemeteries (3)
Name:Congregational Church Cemetery
Location:Deep River

Name:Fountain Hill Cemetery
Location:25 Essex Road

Name:Winthrop Cemetery
Location:Winthrop Road
 
Churches (3)
Name:Deep River Baptist Church (860) 526-5960
Location:24 River Street, Deep River, CT 06417

Name:Deep River Congregational Church (860) 526-5045
Location:1 Church Street, P.O. Box 246, Deep River, CT 06417
Website:www.deepriverchurch.org

Name:Winthrop Baptish Church (860) 526-5241
Location:444 Winthrop Road, Deep River, CT 06417
 
Monuments (0)
No Data Available.
 
Communities (2)
Name:Deep River Center

Name:Winthrop
 
Historical Locations (0)
No Data Available.
 
Notable Citizens (3)
Name:Alpheus S. William (1810-1878) Lawyer,Judge, US Congressman & Union general in the Civil War
Type:Historic

Name:David Bushnell (1742-1824) Inventor
Type:Historic

Name:Paul Hopkins (1904-2004) Pitcher in the Major League Baseball
Type:Contemporary
 
Newspapers (2)
Name:Pictorial Gazette Weekly
Type:Contemporary
Location:66 High St., P.O. Box 349, Guilford, CT 06437
Website:www.zwire.com

Name:Valley Courier - Weekly (203) 245-1877
Type:Contemporary
Location:745 Boston Post Road, P.O. Box 1010, Madison, cT 06443
Website:zip06.theday.com
 
Schools (3)
Name:Deep River Elementary School Pk-6 (860) 526-5319
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:12 River Street, Deep River, CT 06417
Website:www.region4schools.com/

Name:John Winthrop Middle School 7-8 (860) 526-9546
Type:Middle School
Location:1 Winthrop Road, Deep River, CT 06417
Website:www.region4schools.com/

Name:Valley Regional High School (860) 526-5328
Type:High School
Location:256 Kelsey Hill Road, Deep River, CT 06417
Website:www.region4schools.com/
 
Libraries (1)
Name:d River Library (860) 526-6039
Type:Current
Location:150 Main Street, Deep River, cT 06417
Website:deepriverct.us/library/index.htm
 
Published Histories (4)
Name:Deep River, The Illustrated Story of a Connecticut River Town
Author:Daniel J. Connors
Date Published:1966
Publisher:Pequot Press

Name:Saybrook and the American Revolution: The Saybrook Town Acts 1774-1783
Author:David & Daniel Connors
Date Published:1976
Publisher:Deep River Bicentennial Committe

Name:Saybrook at the Mouth of the Connecticut: The First Hundred Years
Author:Gilman C. Gates
Date Published:1935
Publisher:Wilson H. Lee Co.

Name:The Infernal Machines of Saybrook's David Bushnell, Patriot Inventor
Author:Marion Hepburn Grant
Date Published:1976
Publisher:Bicentennial Committe of Old Saybrook
 
Genealogy Websites (0)
No Data Available.
 
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
 
Town Historian (2)
Name:Contact the:
Contact Data:The Deep River Historical Society
245 Main Street
Deep River, CT 06417
(860)526-1449
www.deepriverhistoricalsociety.org/ety/

Name:Edith DeForest
Notes:Edith Mary DeForest, Town Historian of Deep River, died on August 25, 2010 at age 94 in Chester, CT. Born on December 16, 1915, in Plantsville, CT.
 
Vital Records (1)
Birth:1637 - Present
Marriage:1637 - Present
Death:1637 - Present
 





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