Connecticut River

The Connecticut River flows south 407 miles from the Connecticut Lakes in northern New Hampshire near the border with Canada to Long Island Sound. Along the way, it forms the border between New Hampshire and Vermont, crosses Massachusetts and split Connecticut before reaching the sound at Old Saybrook.

There are more than 350 cities and towns along its course.

The river was discovered by Adriaen Block, a Dutch explorer, in 1614. The first settlers, however, were English colonists who came from the Massachusetts Bay Colony to the vicinity of present-day Hartford. The river is noted for many first, including some of the first ferries in America, first ships to engage in foreign trade, first factories on its banks, and first war vessels to be built.

The river realized its peak importance as a commercial waterway between the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

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A History of the Connecticut River by Wick Griswold.
Paddle from Enfield Rapids to Long Island Sound and travel down one of America’s most famous waterways—the Connecticut River. Its calm waters conceal ...
Early Dartmouth College and Downtown Hanover by Frank J. Barrett Jr..
The town of Hanover, chartered in 1761, began as a sleepy, idyllic community nestled in the Upper Connecticut River Valley. In 1770, noted Connecticut...
Hartford by Frank J. Barrett Jr..
Of the five Upper Connecticut River valley towns chartered by the royal governor of New Hampshire on July 4, 1761, the town of Hartford became the mos...
Along The Connecticut River Fairlee/West Fairlee, Orford, Bradford, Piermont, Newbury and Haverhill by Phyllis Lavelle, Local Historic Societies.
Often constant and serene, but sometimes fierce and rushing, the waters of the Connecticut River serve as most of the border between Vermont and New H...
New Hampshire Covered Bridges by Glenn A. Knoblock.
New Hampshire once had nearly four hundred covered bridges, most of which unfortunately are no longer in existence. Some of them were railroad bridges...
Windsor Locks Canal by Maria Giannuzzi.
In 1824, a group of prominent Hartford businessmen formed the Connecticut River Company to construct a canal that would bypass the treacherous rapids ...
Amherst and Hadley, Massachusetts by Daniel Lombardo.
Once part of Hadley, Massachusetts, the town of Amherst is known the world over as the home of celebrated poet Emily Dickinson. This photographic port...
The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity by Jill Lepore.
King Philip's War, the excruciating racial war--colonists against Indians--that erupted in New England in 1675, was, in proportion to population, the ...