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Windham Historical Society Articles

The Battle of the Frogs

The time was 1754. About a thousand settlers inhabited the village of Windham on the Connecticut frontier. The local people lived in constant fear of the French and the Indians. Colonel Eliphalet Dyer had been recruiting men from the village to form a regiment to fight them. Rumors of massacre and bloodshed were constantly being spread.

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Willimantic's Jillson Family

The Jillson family played an important role in the industrial development that led to the formation of the borough of Willimantic (1833) in the ancient colonial Connecticut town of Windham. In 1822, Perez O. Richmond (1786-1838) became the first entrepreneur to utilize the fast running water of the Willimantic River to spin cotton thread. 

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Words of Windham

"Words of Windham" is the creation of Ruth B. Ridgeway, who was a founding member of the Windham Historical Society and was Windham Town Historian during the decade of the 1990's. In order to introduce Ruth to the readers of her "Words of Windham" page, we have prevailed upon her to provide some facts about her own life, now reaching into its 90th year. Fortunately for us, Ruth has spent virtually all of her adult years as Windham resident, and has a reservoir of knowledge and experiences related our Town that is both extensive and unique. She has graciously consented to share her wisdom through these "Words of Windham."

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