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Chester Town

The Chester Town Hall is located at 203 Middlesex Avenue, Chester CT 06412; phone: 860-526-0013.

Dr. Ambrose Pratt House, ca. 1820, Pratt Street, Chester, CT, National Register

Photo: Dr. Ambrose Pratt House, ca. 1820, Pratt Street, Chester, CT. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Photographed by user:Jerrye and Roy Klotz, MD, 2016, (own work) [cc-by-4.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed September, 2016.

Beginnings [1]

The Town of Chester, named from Chester in England, was settled in 1692, organized as a parish of Old Saybrook in 1740, and made a separate town in 1836. Chester is a rough hill country, and contains part of the Cockaponset State Forest.

Chester Village has been a manufacturing center since early days, drawing power from the Pattaconk River. The most important products [in the 1930s] are augurs, bright wire goods, and manicure sets. At the center is an old store building of native granite, probably dating to 1809.

  1. Edgar L. Heermance, compiler, The Connecticut Guide: What to See and Where to Find It, Connecticut Emergency Relief Commission, Hartford, 1935.
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