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Exploring Connecticut’s Towns - Whitneyville

Saturday, April 22, 2017
11:00am – 1:00pm

Hamden, CT

The Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center at UConn presents “Exploring Connecticut’s Towns”, a series that will look at natural and cultural history from a local perspective. The next town to be explored is the Whitneyville neighborhood of Hamden, CT on Saturday, April 22, 11 am to 1 pm.

In 1640, nestled below the cliffs of East Rock in what was the Colonial Colony of New Haven, William Flowler constructed a gristmill. The mill later harbored Edward Whalley and William Gofee who were wanted by the English government for the regicide of Charles I of England. The mill burned in 1662, was rebuilt, and remained in use until inventor Eli Whitney bought it in 1798. He built his fabled Armory here, manufacturing rifles for the United States Military. Whitney combined interchangeable parts, division of labor, machine tools, and modern accounting techniques in a way no one in the world had done up to that time. Now it’s the location of the Eli Whitney Museum in the heart of Hamden’s historic Whitneyville neighborhood.

Eli Whitney and his son helped build both Hamden and America, and their legacy of innovation and hard work is one that continues to astonish and inspire today. Today, the neighborhood is home to a wide variety historic wonders that tell the story of America’s colonial, industrial, and natural history. The program fee is $20, $15 for Museum members/donors. Advance registration is required. This program is for adults and children ages 8 and above. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For further information visit or call 860.486.4460.


Natural History Musuem - 860.486.4460

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (primary), History Department, Office of Public Engagement, UConn Master Calendar

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