National Register Listings in
Middlesex County, Connecticut

Alsop, Richard IV, House Arrawanna Bridge Belltown Historic District Black Horse Tavern Bridge No. 1132 Bridge No. 1603 Bridge No. 1604 Bridge No. 1605 Broad Street Historic District Bushnell, Benjamin, Farm Bushnell, Elisha, House Bushnell-Dickinson House Camp Bethel Carter, Hubbell, House Centerbrook Congregational Church CHRISTEEN (oyster sloop) Church of the Holy Trinity and Rectory Clinton Village Historic District Coite-Hubbard House Comstock's Bridge Comstock-Cheney Hall Connecticut General Hospital for the Insane Connecticut Valley Hospital Cemetery Connecticut Valley Railroad Roundhouse and Turntable Site Cypress Cemetery Daniels, Charles, House Day, Amasa, House Deep River Freight Station Deep River Town Hall Doane's Sawmill/Deep River Manufacturing Company DORIS (Sailing yacht) Dudley, Jedidiah, House East Haddam Historic District Eclectic House, The Eliot, Samuel, House Emmanuel Church Essex Freight Station Fenwick Historic District Goodspeed Opera House Haddam Center Historic District Hadlyme North Historic District Hart, Gen. William, House Hazelton, James, House Higganum Landing Historic District High Street Historic District Highland Historic District Hill's Academy Hubbard, Nehemiah, House Indian Hill Avenue Historic District Ivoryton Historic District James Pharmacy Lay-Pritchett House Lee, Daniel and Mary, House Little Haddam Historic District Lyman, David, II, House Lyman, Thomas, House Lynde Point Lighthouse Main Street Historic District Main Street Historic District Main Street Historic District Marlborough Street Historic District Metro South Historic District Middle Haddam Historic District Middle Haddam School Middletown Alms House Middletown South Green Historic District Middletown Upper Houses Historic District Millington Green Historic District North Cove Historic District Oak Lodge Old Middletown High School Old Saybrook South Green Old Saybrook Town Hall and Theater Old Town Hall Parker House Parmelee House Pledger, Jacob, House Plumb House Portland Brownstone Quarries Pratt House Pratt, Dr. Ambrose, House Pratt, Humphrey, Tavern Pratt, Read and Company Factory Complex Rapallo Viaduct Russell Company Upper Mill Russell, Edward Augustus, House Russell, Samuel Wadsworth, House Sage-Kirby House Saint Luke's Home for Destitute and Aged Women Sanseer Mill Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse Seventh Sister Shore Line Electric Railway Powerhouse Starr Mill Starr Mill Road Bridge Steamboat Dock Site Stevens, William, House Town Farms Inn Tully, William, House U.S. Post Office Villa Bella Vista Wadsworth Estate Historic District Ward, William, Jr., House Warner House Warner, Jonathan, House Washington Street Historic District Westbrook Town Center Historic District Wetmore, Seth, House White-Overton-Callander House Whittlesey, Ambrose, House Whittlesey, John, Jr., House Wickham Road Historic District Wilcox, Crittenden Mill Williams and Stancliff Octagon Houses Williams, Captain Benjamin House Woodrow Wilson High School Working Girls' Vacation Society Historic District Xi Chapter, Psi Upsilon Fraternity
Connecticut was home to the first municipal public park in the United States. The park, named Bushnell Park, was established in Hartford in 1854.
Middlesex County is located in the state of Connecticut and has a rich historical background that dates back to the early colonial period. The area was initially inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Wangunks and the Mattabesecks. In 1662, the English settlement of Middlesex County began when the Connecticut General Assembly designated the area as a separate county.

During the American Revolutionary War, Middlesex County played a significant role in the fight for independence. Middletown, the county seat, served as a center for military operations and a base for the Continental army. The county's maritime activity also contributed to the war efforts, as its ports were used for privateering, a form of legalized piracy against British ships.

In the 19th century, Middlesex County saw significant growth and development. The advent of industrialization led to the establishment of textile mills, clock factories, and other manufacturing enterprises. This economic boom brought an influx of immigrants, particularly from Ireland and Italy, who added to the county's cultural diversity.

The county's prominence continued into the 20th century with the founding of Wesleyan University in Middletown. The university has a significant impact on the local economy and contributes to the county's educational landscape. Middlesex County also witnessed industrial decline in the late 20th century, as many manufacturing plants closed their doors.

Today, Middlesex County is known for its historic charm, picturesque landscapes, and vibrant communities. It attracts tourists with its historic sites like Gillette Castle State Park and the Indian Hill Cemetery. The county also offers a range of recreational activities, including boating on the Connecticut River, hiking in state parks, and exploring charming towns like Essex and Old Saybrook.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Middlesex County, Connecticut.

  • 1636: Middlesex County is established by the Connecticut General Court.
  • 1700s: The county experiences rapid growth and becomes an important center for shipbuilding, trade, and agriculture.
  • 1785: Middletown, located in Middlesex County, becomes the county seat.
  • 1800s: The county's economy continues to flourish with the growth of manufacturing industries, including textile mills and ironworks.
  • 1860s: Middlesex County plays a role in the American Civil War, providing soldiers and resources to the Union Army.
  • 20th century: The county's economy transforms with the decline of traditional industries and the rise of service industries.
  • 1960s: Middlesex County experiences suburbanization, with population growth and the development of residential areas.
  • 1995: The county celebrates its 350th anniversary, highlighting its rich history and contributions to Connecticut.