Bowden Hall, Cheshire Academy. Among the alumni who have attended Cheshire Academy are Gideon Welles (Secretary of the Navy in the administrations of Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson), Joseph Wheeler (Confederate cavalry general during the Civil War), John Frederick Kensett (Hudson River School painter) and J.P. Morgan (financier).
History and Historic Preservation
Lock 12 Historical Park
Cheshire’s Lock 12 along the Farmington Canal. This is one of the few restored locks on the Canal, which was in existence from 1828-1848. The Canal ran from New Haven, Connecticut to Northampton, Massachusetts.
Cheshire’s South Main Street ca. 1909
A post card depicting Cheshire’s Main Street in the early days of the 20th century. Seen at left is the Russell Cook house, built ca. 1801.
BECKWITH’S ALMANAC Chronicling the Years by Robert J. Belletzkier
Among the projects at the Cheshire Historical Society is the cataloging of an extensive collection of almanacs dating back to the early 1800s. Preeminent within these prized holdings is a significant run of one by George Beckwith (1810-1880) of New Haven (photo below). Knowledgeable in phonography (shorthand), surveying, mathematics, astronomy, navigation, and civil engineering, Beckwith […]