The Town Chatham was renamed to East Hampton in 1915
Gideon Goff Family
East Hampton, CT was first settled in 1710, when Gideon Goffe and his family located in an area along the Connecticut River which in fact later became established as the parish of Middle Haddam CT. Families from the locality moved eastward and settled in the hills surrounding Lake Pocotopaug
In 1767, the town was incorporated as Chatham in honor of the Earl of Chatham in England for his support of the American colonies at that time.
The name “East Hampton”, however, is confusing, since the town is, in fact, approximately 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Hampton, Connecticut. In addition, there is often confusion between East Hampton and the contiguous town of East Haddam, which was named in 1734.
East Hampton 1915
Settlers were attracted to Chatham by Lake Pocotopaug, where a forge had been erected in 1743.
In 1841, the East Middletown parish, which had been a part of Chatham, separated and became a new township called Conway (later renamed to Portland).
Chatham Connectiut was given the name East Hampton in the year 1915, which is said to have been selected by some of Chatham’s first settlers who had previously lived in Eastham, Ma.
The Chatham Historical Society
The Chatham Historical Society has been Preserving East Hampton History Since 1963
N.N. Brass Hill Factory
The success of the N.N. Hill Brass Company was largely based upon Norman Hill’s innovation of stamping bells from sheet metal.
Welcome to the Official East Hampton, CT Historical Society Website. This site intends to provide information to the public about the Chatham Historical Society’s upcoming Calendar Events and Programs with the purpose of bringing together people interested in the History of Cobalt, Middle Haddam, and East Hampton, Connecticut.
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