Location: East Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut, United States
Surnames/tags: Connecticut East_Haddam
Preserving and sharing an old website with history and genealogy.
I reached out to Anne B earlier in the week about a website I created many years ago pertaining to East Haddam Genealogy containing family and town history, wanting to share it here on Wikitree. Currently unable to perform a major overhaul, removing broken links (we all know how frustrating that is) and correcting typos, I was given the go-ahead from Anne and the team to create this profile, in a way of giving back to Wikitreers searching for family history in "Small Town, Connecticut".
As with everything associated with genealogy, it's a work in progress.
Growing up in East Haddam was rather interesting when you're only one four kids on the same street - two cousins and an older sister - with paternal grandparents living on the corner. The mailman loved it, anything not delivered to the first two J. Hartzell houses ended up at the third; playing mailman was a regular occurance.
As I got older, I figured out rather quickly that everyone knew my paternal grandparents and the family - getting into trouble and someone in the family not finding out definitely was out of the question. Summers were spent riding bikes down the middle of the road or playing in 7 acres of woods in search of a good tree to climb; learning a property line was a stonewall to a cemetery was fun. I think that was about all the trouble I got into with my mom - we were always told to stay out of the cemetery before going outside (like that was really going to happen.)
I also didn't learn too much on the history of my hometown until many years later - despite the fact that it's rich in history, hauntings, "tall tales" and witches.
Here are the working links from the website:
The Great River a little history about the Connecticut River
Industries of East Haddam and MoodusThe small towns of East Haddam and Moodus left their historical mark in US history, by becoming the "Twine Captial of America". This era in history also left the small village of Johnsonville, now rundown and sadly, no longer the beautiful village it once was. Some of these old building still stand today.
Devil's Hopyard If you have an overactive imagination, it can get the better of you visiting this state park. Its always fun to take a drive down Hopyard Road at night with a full moon, the creeps may settle in with the trees creating a canopy over the road.
East Haddam is a town that surrounds the town of Moodus, which in its own right has some interesting history, including home of the Moodus Noises - and we're not talking just sports teams from the local schools. To understand where the Moodus Noises orginate, let alone naming the town Moodus, we must first read about the White Witches of East Haddam. Black Magic vs White Magic Witches