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June 29th, 2018, 07:33 AM
I'm going to off the forum for a while and didn't want to leave Connecticut out, so I hope you enjoy.....

Some interesting facts about Connecticut:

The first telephone book was issued in New Haven, Connecticut, on February 21, 1878, and featured only 50 names. One month earlier, on January 28, 1878, New Haven was responsible for the first telephone exchange, with operators and switchboards to direct incoming and outgoing calls.

Connecticut and Rhode Island never ratified the 18th Amendment (Prohibition).

In 1705, copper was discovered in Simsbury. Later, the copper mine became the infamous New-Gate Prison of the Revolutionary War. Doctor Samuel Higley of Simsbury started the first copper coinage in America in 1737.

The Scoville Memorial Library is the United States oldest public library. The library collection began in 1771, when Richard Smith, owner of a local blast furnace, used community contributions to buy 200 books in London. Patrons could borrow and return books on the third Monday of every third month. Fees were collected for damages, the most common being "greasing" by wax dripped from the candles by which the patrons read.


On April 9, 1810, a Salisbury town meeting voted to authorize the "selectmen draw upon the town treasurer for the sum of one hundred dollars" to purchase more books for the Scoville Memorial Library collection, making the library the first publicly supported free town library in the United States.

Mary Kies, of South Killingly was the first woman to receive a U.S. patent. On May 15th, 1809 for a method of weaving straw with silk.


Cattle branding in the United States began in Connecticut when farmers were required by law to mark all of their pigs.

In Hartford, you may not, under any circumstances, cross the street walking on your hands! (Awww, and it was what I was wanting to do!)

First started in 1764, Connecticut’s*Hartford Courant*is the country’s oldest continuously published newspaper. George Washington once placed ads in the paper to lease part of Mount Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson once sued the paper for libel and lost. Connecticut has approx. 144 newspapers published in the State (daily, Sunday, weekly and monthly.)

The famous Revolutionary War traitor, Benedict Arnold, was born in the town of Norwich, Connecticut, in 1741.


Connecticut is home to the first hamburger (1895), Polaroid camera (1934), helicopter (1939), and color television (1948).

The first automobile law was passed by the state of CT in 1901. The speed limit was set at 12 miles per hour.

The first lollipop-making machine opened for business in New Haven in 1908. George Smith named the treat after a popular racehorse.


In 1937, Connecticut became the first state to issue permanent license plates for cars.

Bristol, CT is considered the "Mum City" of the USA because of the many Chrysanthemums grown and sold to various states and Canada.

Danbury, an important military depot for the American Revolutionary armies was burned and looted in April 1777 by the British under Major General William Tryon.

The first blast furnace in Connecticut was built in Lakeville in 1762.

The Submarine Force Museum in Groton is home of the historic ship Nautilus (SSN 571). It is the official submarine museum of the United States Navy. The USS Nautilus - the world's first nuclear powered submarine was built in Groton in 1954.

Connecticut's most important crops are dairy, poultry, forest and nursery, tobacco, vegetables and fruit.

Connecticut's motto is Qui Transtulit Sustinet -- "He Who Transplanted Still Sustains".

In colonial New Haven cut pumpkins were used as guides for haircuts to ensure a round uniform style. Because of this fashion, these New Englanders were nicknamed "pumpkin-heads."

The name Middlebury derives from the central position the Town's meetinghouse occupies, six miles from three older neighbors, Waterbury, Southbury, and Woodbury.

The first human inhabitants of present-day Burlington were members of the Tunxis Tribe, who belonged to a confederation of Algonquian Indians. Legend holds they used the area as a hunting ground.

The first English settlers of Connecticut arrived in 1636, settling the plantations of Windsor, Hartford and Wethersfield.

B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill is the only steam-powered Cider Mill in the United States and is located in Mystic.


New Milford's worst disaster struck in 1902 when the main business section centered on Bank Street was almost completely leveled by the "Great Fire".

The manufacturing of the first safety fuse started in Simsbury in 1836.

In 1728, the first steel mill operating in America was located in Simsbury.

Wallingford has earned a worldwide reputation for the production of silverware.

The first expert in the treatment of Asiatic cholera was Dr. Henry Bronson in 1832. He was a professor at Yale Medical School.

The first golf tournament in Connecticut for women only was held in Waterbury on June 12, 1917.

West Hartford is the birthplace of Noah Webster, the author of the first dictionary published in 1807.


Although West Haven is Connecticut's youngest city, being incorporated in 1972, it is a community that dates back over 360 years, making it one of the oldest settlements in the country.

The PEZ® Candy Company is based in Orange, Connecticut. The little blocks of sweetness—whose name comes from shortening the letters in the German word “Pfefferminz,” or “peppermint”—were first invented in Vienna, Austria, in 1927 and were initially marketed along with their distinctive dispensers as an alternative to smoking.


Thomas Sanford made the first friction matches in Beacon Falls in 1834.


Some of the world's most famous cloth is woven in the Stafford textile mills.

The town of Washington was incorporated in 1779, being named in honor of General George Washington.

Hartford has remained the capital city of Connecticut since 1875.

In order for a pickle to be considered a pickle in Connecticut, it must bounce.

Besides being known as the Constitution state, Connecticut is also known as the nutmeg state. Traditionally, sailors brought the seed back from long voyages and, over time, peddlers from the state developed the reputation for selling fake nutmegs made out of carved wood.

In Hartford, flying a kite in the street is specifically banned.

The first Frisbee, which was nothing more than an empty pie tin, was developed in Connecticut. A man named William Russell Frisbie moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 1871 to take over what would become known as the Frisbie Pie Company. Nearby Yale University students found that the tins that held Frisbie’s delectable pies could be flung across rooms with ease, prompting them to exclaim “Frisbie!” to alert the catcher. Eventually, the design was perfected into the plastic flying disc we know today.


Some tours you can take in Connecticut (thank you to Lorie, Hulamoon):

- PEZ Visitor Center, Orange, CT
- Fascia's Chocolates, Waterbury, CT
- Cornwall Bridge Pottery, Cornwall Bridge, CT

Hope you've enjoyed......have a wonderful day

June 29th, 2018, 10:46 AM
As always, you post fascinating facts. Before today, I would not have been able to name anything notable about Connecticut!

June 29th, 2018, 12:06 PM
Are you going on a vacation? I hope everything is okay.

June 29th, 2018, 11:35 PM
Thanks, Anita! I'm a native New Orleanian, but have lived in Connecticut since 1967.

And Toni, now that you know I hail from the Nutmeg State, you are aware of something notable about Connecticut! :D