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Glastonbury

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Glastonbury
State:
Connecticut
County:
Hartford County
Probate District:
6
Year Established:
1689
Year Incorporated:
1693
Form of Government:
City Manager & Town Council
Town Hall Address:
2155 Main St.
P.O. Box 6523
Glastonbury, CT
06033-6523
Research Hours
NO MONDAYS or FRIDAY afternoons
T-W-Th - 8:30 a.m to 4p.m
Fridays - 8:30 a.m to noon
Web Address:
www.glasct.org

History Brief:
Glastonbury abuts the Connecticut River on the eastern bank and originally belonged to Wethersfield on the opposite side. The land was acquired in a series of purchases from 1636 to 1650 from the Wangunk Indians who called it Nabuc. After many years, the difficulty of crossing the river to attend church caused the settlers to petition the General Court to be made a town. The petition was granted provided a settled minister was obtained. The Court named the town Glassenbury on 22 June 1692 and Rev. Timothy Stevens arrived in July. In 1786 the name became Glastenbury and in 1870 the town voted to adopt the name, Glastonbury. Town vital records begin 1693. Barbour collection records cover 1690-1854. The "founding date" has been the subject of controversy (See the Historic Timeline).
   
Other City Names (3)
Name:Glassenbury

Name:Glastenbury

Name:Glistening Town
 
Settled From (1)
Town Name:Wethersfield
State:CT
 
Population (10)
Year:1756
Population:1115

Year:1774
Population:2071

Year:1782
Population:2346

Year:1790
Population:2732

Year:1800
Population:2718

Year:1810
Population:2766

Year:1820
Population:3114

Year:1830
Population:2980

Year:1840
Population:3077

Year:1850
Population:3390
 
Founding Families (37)
Surname:Boosey

Surname:Chaplin

Surname:Chester

Surname:Coe

Surname:Coleman

Surname:Deming

Surname:Dickinson

Surname:Edwards

Surname:Ferris

Surname:Finch

Surname:Flectcher

Surname:Foote

Surname:Gibbs

Surname:Gildersleeve

Surname:Hubbard

Surname:Kilbourne

Surname:Law

Surname:Mitchell

Surname:Morehouse

Surname:Norton

Surname:Plumb

Surname:Rayner

Surname:Reynolds

Surname:Robbins

Surname:Rose

Surname:Sherman

Surname:Sherwoood

Surname:Smith

Surname:Strickland

Surname:Swayne

Surname:Tapping

Surname:Thomson

Surname:Ufford

Surname:Ward

Surname:Whitmore

Surname:Wood

Surname:Wright
 
Cemeteries (16)
Name:Buckingham
Location:Cricket Lane

Name:Cemetery
Location:Manchester Rd

Name:Eastbury
Location:Neipsic Rd

Name:Graveyard
Location:Matson Hill

Name:Green Cemetery
Location:Hubbard St

Name:Holy Cross
Location:Wickham Rd

Name:John Tom Hill
Location:Hebron Ave

Name:Old Church Cemetery
Location:Next to American Legion Hall on Main St

Name:Our Saviour
Location:Neipsic Rd

Name:St Augstine
Location:Hopewell Rd

Name:St. James
Location:Grove St

Name:Still Hill
Location:Rte. 17, South Glastonbury

Name:Ukrainian
Location:New London Turnpike

Name:Veterans
Location:Neipsic Rd

Name:Wassauc
Location:Wassauc Rd

Name:Williams Park
Location:Neipsic Rd
 
Churches (17)
Name:Buckingham Congregational (860) 633-7992
Location:16 Cricket Lane
Website:www.buckinghamchurch.org

Name:Congregation Kol Haverim
Location:1079 Hebron Ave
Website:www.kolhaverim.org

Name:First Church of Christ Congregational (860) 633-4641
Location:2183 Main St
Website:www.glastonburyfirst.org

Name:First Church of Christ Scientist ((860) 633-9935
Location:42 School St

Name:Glastonbury Community Church (860) 633-5209
Location:113 Stancliff Rd
Website:www.glastonburycommunitychurch.org

Name:Glastonbury United Methodist (860) 633-2166
Location:508 Manchester Rd

Name:Luthern Church of St. Mark (860) 633-1188
Location:75 Griswold Ave
Website:www.stmarkglastonbury.org

Name:Pilgirm Baptist (860) 633-7190
Location:1245 Hebron Ave
Website:www.glastonburybaptist.com

Name:Pilgrim Christian Fellowship (860) 633-7190
Location:1199 Hebron Ave.

Name:Saint Augustine (860) 633-9505
Location:55 Hopewell Rd

Name:Saint Dunstan (860) 633-3317
Location:1345 Manchester Rd
Website:www.stdunstanchurch.org

Name:Saint James Episcopal (860) 633-8333
Location:2584 Main St
Website:www.stjamesglastonbury.org

Name:Saint John Ukranian Catholic
Location:26 New London Turnpike

Name:Saint Luke's Episcopal (860) 633-7175
Location:915 Main St
Website:www.stlikesglastonbury.org

Name:Saint Paul (860) 633-7554
Location:2577 Main St.
Website:www.ourchurch.com/member/s/spc

Name:South Congregational (860) 633-4651
Location:949 Main St.
Website:www.southcongregational.org

Name:Word Fellowship (860) 633-0889
Location:95 Oakwood Dr
 
Monuments (1)
Name:Standard-Bearer
Description:18' High granite pedestal and standard-bearer figure
Location:Glastonbury Green, Hubbard St., Glastonbury
Type:Military
Dedication Date:1913
 
Communities (19)
Name:Addison

Name:Bell Town

Name:Bidwell Town

Name:Buck's Corner

Name:Buckingham

Name:Cotton Hollow

Name:Diamond Lake

Name:East Glastonbury

Name:Eastbury

Name:Hopewell

Name:John Tom Hill

Name:Matson Hill

Name:Naubuc

Name:Nayaug

Name:Shingle Hollow

Name:South Glastonbury

Name:Taylor Town

Name:Wassuc

Name:Welles Village
 
Historical Locations (3)
Name:Gideon-Welles House
Location:Hebron Ave. & Main St.

Name:Historical Society Museum on the Green
Location:1944 Main St

Name:Welles Shipman Ward House
Location:972 Main St.
 
Notable Citizens (11)
Name:"Bert Harriman (Harriman Motors)
Type:Historic

Name:Abby Hadassah Smith (Women's Rights)
Type:Historic

Name:George Hale (Hales Peaches)
Type:Historic

Name:Gideon Wells (Lincoln's Sec. of the Navy)
Type:Historic

Name:Henry Saglio (Arbor Acres Poultry)
Type:Historic

Name:Herman Roser (Tannery)
Type:Historic

Name:James B. Williams (Williams' Soap)
Type:Historic

Name:John Howard Hale (Hales Peaches)
Type:Historic

Name:Julia Evelina Smith (Women's Rights)
Type:Historic

Name:Rev. Gershom Buckley
Type:Historic

Name:Rosewell Hollister (Ship Building)
Type:Historic
 
Newspapers (3)
Name:Glastonbury Citizen
Type:Contemporary
Location:87 Nutmeg Lane, Glastonbury, CT, 06033
Website:www.glcitizen.com

Name:Glastonbury Life (860) 953-0444 Monthly News Magazine
Type:Contemporary
Location:106 South Street, West Hartford, CT 06110
Website:www.whitepublishing.com

Name:Glastonbury Reminder News
Type:Contemporary
Location:130 Old Town Rd., Vernon, CT, 06066
Website:www.remindernews.com
 
Schools (9)
Name:Buttonball Lane School K-5 (860) 652-7276
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:376 Buttonball Lane, Glastonbury, CT 06033
Website:www.glastonburyus.org/Buttonball/pages

Name:Eastbury School K-5 (860) 652-7858
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:1389 Neipsic Rd., Glastonbury, CT 06033
Website:www.glastonburyus.org/Eastbury/ pages

Name:Gideon Wells School Gr-6 (860) 652-7800
Type:Middle School
Location:109 Neipsic Rd., Glastonbury, CT 06033
Website:www.glastonburyus.org/Gideon/pages

Name:Glastonbury High School 9-12 (860) 652-7200
Type:High School
Location:330 Hubbard St., Glastonbury CT 06033
Website:www.glastonburyus.org/Schools?GlastonburyHigh/Pages

Name:Hebron Avenue School K-5 (860) 652-7875
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:1363 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, CT 06033
Website:www.glastonburyus.org/schools/HebronAve/pages

Name:Hopewell Elementary School K-6 (860) 652-7897
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:1068 Chestnut Hill Rd., South Glastonbury, CT 06073
Website:www.glastonburyus.org/Schools/Hopewell/ pages

Name:Naubuc Elementary School K-5 (860) 652-7918
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:82 Griswold St., Glastonbury, CT 06033
Website:www.glastonburyus.org/Schools/Naubuc/pages

Name:Nayaug School K-5 (860) 652-4949
Type:Grammar/Elementary
Location:222 Old Maids Lane, South Glastonbury, CT 06073
Website:www.Glastonburyus.org/Schools/Nayaug/ pages

Name:Smith Middle School 7-8 (860) 652-7040
Type:Middle School
Location:216 Addison Rd., Glastonbury, CT 06033
Website:www.glastonburyus.org/schools/smith/pages
 
Libraries (3)
Name:East Glastonbury Library
Type:Current
Location:1389 Neipsic Rd.

Name:South Glastonbury Library
Type:Current
Location:80 High St.

Name:Wells-Turner Memorial Library
Type:Current
Location:2407 Main St.
Website:www.wtmlib.com
 
Published Histories (3)
Name:Glastenbury for Two Hundred Years, A General Discourse, May 18, 1853
Author:Rev. Alonzo B. Chapin, D.D.
Date Published:1853
Publisher:Case, Tiffany and Co., Hartford
Description:The first published history of Glastonbury. Appendix contains historical and statistical papers.

Name:Glastonbury: From Settlement to Suburb
Author:Marjorie Grant McNulty
Date Published:1970
Publisher:Women's Club of Glastonbury

Name:Glastonbury
Author:Florence Hollister Curtis
Date Published:1928
Publisher:The Woman's Club of Glastonbury
 
Genealogy Websites (0)
No Data Available.
 
Historic Timeline (21)
Date:1633
Description:First white men visited Pyquag or Wethersfield

Date:1636
Description:From Wethersfield on the west bank of the CT river, settlers bought land to farm on the east bank from sachem Sowheag. (later to become Glastonbury)

Date:1640
Description:Land surveyed

Date:1641-1650
Description:Some houses built.

Date:1653
Description:May 18, 1653 Separate military company formed.

Date:1689
Description:Dec. 26, 1689 Settlers petition to set off their own town approved conditional on settlement of a minister.

Date:1690
Description:May 8, 1690, General Court recognizes town.

Date:1692
Description:June 22, 1692 General Court officially names the "town at Nabuck over against Wethersfield," Glassenbury.

Date:1692
Description:First Town Meeting held.

Date:1693
Description:First Church completed and Rev. Timothy Stevens installed.

Date:1711
Description:First public school building completed.

Date:1714
Description:Vote of town expresses the opinion that 1693, the date of the completion of the meeting house, should be considered the date of the town's founding.

Date:1762
Description:Diease kills 34 Glastonbury men, including almost all the young males of the Eastbury section, while serving in the campaign to take Havanna, Cuba.

Date:1776-1783
Description:Three hundred sixty nine citizens served in the Revolutionary War and 31 died.

Date:1777
Description:Aug. 17, 1777 The Stocking gunpowder plant explodes killing six men.

Date:1806
Description:First Post Office in Glastonbury.

Date:1840
Description:J.B. Williams begins manufacturing shaving soap.

Date:1853
Description:Town celebrated what it then called its "second centennial" based on the date its separate military company was formed.

Date:1866
Description:The Hale brothers started their fruit business which eventually led to the development of the "Hale Peach."

Date:1870
Description:Town votes to change the town name to Glastonbury.

Date:1943
Description:A commission is formed to consider whether 1690 or 1693 should be considered the founding date. 1693 is chosen.
 
Town Historian (1)
Name:Contact the:
Contact Data:Historical Society of Glastonbury
P.O. Box 46
1944 Main Street
(860) 633-6890
www.hsgct.org
HSGlastonbury@sbcglobal.net
 
Vital Records (1)
Birth:1690 - Present
Marriage:1690 - Present
Death:1690 - Present
 





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