The Connecticut 169 Club

Connecticut 169 Club Book

Local East Hampton Author and Historian Marty Podskoch is releasing a brand new CT Travel Guide Book  The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut on October 28th 20018.

The CT 169 Club navigates readers from out behind the blue screen, off the interstate and onto Connecticut backroads to meet and merge with fascinating neighbors and uncover cool curiosities tucked into the 169 towns and cities in the Nutmeg State. The new book is a collective effort. Podskoch recruited the best and the brightest Connecticut writers, historians and officials ­each contributing a passage about their town’s histories, haunts; food fixes and historic landmarks.

Excerpt from the Book 

A Town in Middlesex County

East Hampton, Connecticut is a town in Middlesex County that includes two villages: Middle Haddam and Cobalt. It is approx. 10 miles east of Middletown with a population of 12,959 (2010).

The area, inhabited by the Wangunk Indians, was called Pocotopaug, a Pequot word meaning “lake with pierced islands.” A Wangunk legend said that Princess Namoenee jumped to her death at Markham’s Cove into Lake Pocotopaug, a willing sacrifice to appease the Great God Hobomoko and bring an end to the many drownings the Wangunk tribe had suffered. The legend goes that there were no more drownings.

In 1739, settlers from Eastham and Chatham near Cape Cod purchased lots from Middletown proprietors who were granted ownership in East Middletown and the Three Mile Division. Led by Isaac Smith, several families settled on their new holdings near Lake Pocotopaug. In 1746 the community was named Easthampton parish. Middletown petitioned the General Assembly to create a new township which was incorporated as Chatham in 1767 as Connecticut’s 71st town. In 1841 the area now encompassing Portland became a separate township. In 1915, the residents renamed the town East Hampton after the original name of Easthampton.

William Barton in 1808 established a bell-making factory making cow bells, sleigh bells, church bells, and other types. Apprentices of Barton learned the trade and started their own businesses. In 1832, brothers Abner and William Bevin, started their company (Bevin Brothers) later joined by their brothers Chauncey and Philo, and is the only remaining bell manufacturer. Over 40 companies produced millions of bells sold world-wide. Other notable bell producers were Starr Bros. Bell Co., The N. N. Hill Brass Co. and Gong Bell. No wonder East Hampton is called “Belltown USA.”

How to Purchase the Book

To get your copy of the CT 169 Club Book, Please send a check for $26.53 that includes $24. 95 for the book plus $1.58 for CT Tax for the 8.5 x 11 hard cover book with over 300 photos & maps and 376 pages. You will also get free shipping by USPS mail. Send to:

Marty Podskoch

43 O’Neill Lane

East Hampton, CT 06424

The Official Martin Podskoch Website

Also Available at these Connecticut stores and organizations:

    Paul’s & Sandy’s, Too Garden Center, 93 East High St., East Hampton

Ace Hardware, 25 East High St. East Hampton, CT

Shagbark Lumber, 1 Mt. Parnassus Millington Rd.,  East Haddam, CT

The Red House, 22 Darling Rd in Salem, Connecticut

The Cooking Company, 1610 Saybrook Rd., Haddam and 187 CT-81, Killingworth, CT

Book Barn, 41 West Main St. Niantic, CT

Book Club Book Store, 869 Sullivan Rd., South Windsor, CT

Hickory Stick Book Store, 2 Green Hill Rd., Washington Depot, CT

Canfield Corner Pharmacy, 2 Main St. North, Woodbury, CT

True Value Hardware,  276 Main St., Winsted, CT

Goshen Friends of Library, 42 B North St.  Goshen, CT

Thomaston Friends of Library, 248 Main St in Thomaston, Connecticut

Stanton House, Clinton Historical Society, Clinton

Harbor Books 146 Main St, Old Saybrook

East Hartford Historical Society

West Haven Historical Society

Hartford Knights of Columbus, 860-422-7937 (Mike McGarry)

Orange Historical Society

Milford Historical Society

The new book is also available at Amazon and  Barnes & Noble Stores Nationwide

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