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Coventry Town


Coventry Town Hall is located at 1712 Main Street, Coventry CT 06238; phone: 860-742-6324.

Nathan Hale Homestead, ca. 1777, 2299 South Street, Coventry, CT, National Register

Photo: Nathan Hale Homestead, ca. 1777, 2299 South Street, Coventry, CT. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. Photograph by User:Sphilbrick (own work), 2010, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed March, 2014.

Beginnings [1]

Coventry was first settled in 1700 and by the time it was incorporated in 1711, quite a number of people had moved here, largely from Northampton and Hartford The name was probably taken from Coventry in Warwickshire, England. It is known as the birthplace of Nathan Hale, the patriot spy. Among other distinguished sons were Jesse Root (1736-1822), Chief Justice of Connecticut; Samuel Huntington (1765-1818), one of the early governors of Ohio; and Lorenzo Dow (1777-1834), the itinerant evangelist.

Coventry is a rolling hill country where the farmers in the early days raised livestock products for the West India trade. In the first half of the 19th century, horses and later mules were raised extensively for the West Indies. A type of pacing horse was developed, of medium size and great endurance, which could make the 72 miles to Boston in one day, and back the next. At South Coventry some early manufacturing industries survived at least into the 1930s.

  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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