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Seymour Town

Seymour Town Hall is located at 1 First Street, Seymour CT 06483; phone: 203-888-2511.

Beginnings [1]

North of Ansonia is the Town of Seymour, settled about 1680 as part of Derby. The settlement was originally known as Chusetown. Before the end of the 18th century, a number of small mills were operating on the Naugatuck River, and on Bladen's Brook. The manufacture of paper was started as early as 1805. In 1806, General David Humphreys[†] developed the village of Humphreysville, for the workmen of his woolen factory. Other industries followed, including cotton mills and augur factories. The Town of Seymour was incorporated in 1850, and named for Governor Thomas H. Seymour of Hartford.

Of present industries [i.e., in 1935], the more important products are German silver, brass, insulated cables, augurs, hard rubber goods, and mohair plush, in which the town was a pioneer.

General David Humphreys (1752-1818) was born in Ansonia. He was one of Washington's aides, with some reputation as a poet. Humphreys interested himself in the manufacture of fine woolens, and in 1802 sent to Spain for a flock of 100 merino sheep, in order to improve the American breed. His factory was located in 1806 at "Humphreysville" in Seymour, which he made a model village, with a paternal attitude toward his employees, some of them orphan boys from New York. Humphreys built a fine mansion in Boston, and died at New Haven.

  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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