PLAINVILLE — A history-themed picnic and guided tours of local historical sites are planned for the celebration of Plainville’s 150th anniversary in July.
“I’m just hoping people will come and enjoy the weekend and realize our fantastic history,” said Nancy Everhart, the Plainville Historic Center’s liaison to the committee planning the anniversary festivities.
Plainville has played a part in many major historical events, including the Revolutionary War, the Underground Railroad and the campaign womens’ rights. Some of the sites connected to these events will be shown on a guided tour Everhart is planning with the committee for July 20. One stop will be the Plainville Manufacturing Company, which operated from the 1860’s to the 1920’s, and was among the first factories in Connecticut to employ women.
On July 21, a historically themed picnic at Norton Park will include musicians, food trucks and entertainment based on the 1860’s. There where also be exhibits detailing the town’s history.
“Plainville really does have a rich history. Between the veterans who fought in almost every single war and the manufacturing...it was really a great place to live and grow up,” said Benjamin Gediman, chairperson of the 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee.
One of the events that will be highlighted is the town’s brief involvement in the Amistad Trial. After freeing themselves from a Spanish slave ship, a group of kidnapped Africans were arrested by the American Coast Guard and transported to Hartford via the Farmington Canal. They departed from the canal at the Bristol Basin, which is now part of Plainville, and finished the trip over land. They were later freed by the United States Supreme Court.
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