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. He […]

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 […]