• Congregational Church about 1897
  • First Town Hall
  • Center School 1912
  • Old Fire House #1
  • Newington Center 1900
  • Main Street /  Thrifty Drug 1980's
  • Main Street Newington 2017
  • Church Street Cemetery
  • Kellogg-Eddy House & Museum
  • Kelsey House
  • Center Cemetery
  • Lucy Robbins Welles Library
  • Junction Train Station 1950
  • Veterans Hospital About 1940

 

Welcome To Historic Newington

 

Sometime before 1665, the colonists bought a large parcel of land, which now comprises Wethersfield, Glastonbury, Newington, Rocky Hill and a part of Berlin. Therefore, Newingtons first settlers were from Wethersfield and remained a part of Wethersfield until 1871. Lands in the Western part of Wethersfield were used for timber and pasture land but travel between Newington and its parent community became a difficult task through the winter months.

In 1677, Wethersfield granted four men the right to build a sawmill on the pond (Mill Pond), making use of the natural waterfall for the purpose of manufacturing pipe (barrel) staves. Here Newington, as a part of Wethersfield, had its start. The wood was very good for making pipe staves and this first industry in Newington lasted about one hundred years until the wood dwindled and caused its demise. In 1708 the settlers petitioned to become a separate parish because of the difficulties in traveling across the mountain from Newington to Wethersfield in the winter months. This request was denied but they were granted the right to

worship by themselves from December through March. Again in 1712 they petitioned to be a separate parish and this time it was granted. Newington continued to grow in relative isolation, until the establishment of the Hartford-New Haven Turnpike around 1800. In the 1880s the railroad had come through Newington and frequent and inexpensive transportation attracted growth.

Newington applied to the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut for incorporation which was approved in 1871. The

trolley car and automobile brought more growth early in the 20th century and attracted many new families and businesses.

  • Mill Pond Falls  2018
  • Congregational Church 2018
  • Town Hall 1937 - 1971
  • Center School 1970
  • New Firehouse
  • Newington Center 1973
  • Main Street  Newington Hardware
  • Newington Green 2017
  • West Meadow Cemetery
  • Kellog- Eddy House South Parlor
  • Kelsey House Parlor
  • Cherish Our Children at West Meadow Cemetery
  • Deming Young House 2008
  • Newington Theater 1968
  • Grafonola Ad 1918

 

 

 

 

 

 

Newington Historical Society & Trust, Inc

679 Willard Avenue, Newington, Connecticut 06111

 

In 1677, Wethersfield granted four men the right to build a sawmill on the pond (Mill Pond), making use of the natural waterfall for the purpose of manufacturing pipe (barrel) staves.

Here Newington, as a part of Wethersfield, had its start. The wood was very good for making pipe staves and this first industry in Newington lasted about one hundred years until the wood dwindled and caused its demise.

Mill Pond waterfall, in the center of town falls some 15 feet and is offered as the smallest natural waterfall in the United States. It is illustrated on the Town Seal.

Text Box: Mill Pond Waterfall

 

 

 

 

 

Both the Kellogg-Eddy House & Museum and the Kelsey House are listed on the

National Register of Historic Places

 

 

Museum Tours: During All Public Events and by Appointment

 

 

Open Hearth Cooking & Weaving Demonstration

Kelsey House

Saturday, November 10

11:00am - 2:00 pm

 

 

Holiday Open House

Kellogg-Eddy House

Sunday, December 2

1:00pm - 3:00 pm

 

 

 

Details of all upcoming events can be viewed from the Calendar tab above, to the appropriate link.

Up-Coming Events