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Why They Came Stories of Immigration to the Farmington Valley - 2 Events: Nov 5 & 12

The Farmington Valley CT Heritage Network Presents...

Daniel Rourke, born in Ireland in 1835, is pictured here serving as Coachman for Mary Morgan Smith the wife of his employer, Unionville’s Congregational minister the Reverend James Alwood Smith. It was common for Irish immigrants to begin their lives in Unionville as servants or laborers.

Why They Came

Stories of Immigration to the Farmington Valley

Explore fascinating immigration stories of the Farmington River Valley and get a personal perspective on the people who helped shape our towns. On Nov. 5, Avon Historical Society, Farmington Historical Society, Stanley-Whitman House, and Unionville Museum will present their stories; on Nov. 12, hear from Barkhamsted Historical Society, Canton Historical Society, Salmon Brook Historical Society and Simsbury

Historical Society. These amazing stories will enlighten you!


November 5: Stanley-Whitman House, 37 High St., Farmington

November 12: Simsbury Historical Society, Ellsworth Visitor Center, 800 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm for both events

FEE: $5 per Sunday per person (payable in advance by calling 860-680-5298 or you can pay at the door)

Learn more about...

George Hayes, a 1680 immigrant from England, who moved his wife and seven children to the Salmon Brook settlement in 1698.

Julia Roper was an Irish immigrant and Civil War widow who lived in the Stanley-Whitman House in the 1860s and 1870s.


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