MOODUS &
EAST HADDAM

Legacy of Progress
NEW! Moodus History Blog
Resorts of Moodus
A Day at Banner Lodge
Mills Along the River
The Best Fish Nets in America
The Coops Go Up in Smoke
Constant Waterman's Journals
Memories of Meat
The Last Whaler
Old Chimney Stacks
East Haddam in 1913
Ode to a River Town
Early East Haddam

OTHER EAST HADDAM
& MOODUS SITES

Civil War Monument
Town of East Haddam
Earth Charter of Lower Valley
East Haddam Land Trust
Moodus Drum & Fife
The Moodus Noises
Moodus Town Green
Sanctuary at Shepardfields

CONNECTICUT
HISTORY & CULTURE

CT Barns
CT Freedom Trail
CT Heritage Gateway
CT Historical Society
CT History Online
CT Landmarks
CT Town Greens
Eli Whitney Museum
Mark Twain House
Mashantucket Pequot Tribe
Mohegan Tribe
Mystic Seaport
Old State House

SIMONPURE CONNECTICUT PROGRAMS

As We Tell Our Stories
Between Boston & New York
Colt: Legend & Legacy
Connecticut & the Sea
Crusaders & Criminals
East of the River
From Here to There
The Green
The Mark of Uncas
The New Pequot
The Real Bob Steele
Schemitzun!
Suburbia: The Good Life?
USS Nautilus
Working the Land

 

MOODUS & EAST HADDAM HOMEPAGE

Legacy of "Progress" Gone Sour
How a 1967 Renewal Project Ripped the Heart and Soul out of Old Moodus Center
by KEN SIMON

They Came for the Mood in Moodus
Back in the Day, the Village Was the State's Top Vacation Playground with More than 50 Resorts.
by KEN SIMON

Check out the new Moodus History Blog

Classic Resort Pictures

A Typical Day at Banner Lodge

Resort Ads, Flyers & Brochures

1950s Banner Lodge Brochure

1950s Ted Hilton's Flyers

Lessons Learned at Orchard Mansion

Moodus from the Air

After the demise of the old shopping area was decreed by a town vote in 1967,  East Haddam artist R.T. Sweeney painted several portraits of the old-fashioned business district (click to enlarge above thumbnails).

Pt 1. Legacy of "Progress" Gone Sour

The first article in the 1982 award-winning newspaper series that detailed what East Haddam residents were promised when a poorly conceived federal urban renewal program was sold to them in 1967.

Pt 2. Urban Renewal Flops in Moodus

What happened during the "execution phase" of the project when the federally-funded plan for a "better" Moodus collided with the realities of the marketplace.

Pt 3. Could Moodus Have Been Saved?

The ill-fated redevelopment project was about to destroy old Moodus Center. It was then that people began to have second thoughts about the wisdom of the project.

The First Center and Its Fire

Rebuilt in the Early 1900s

A Growing Town in the 1950s

Early Views of East Haddam

King Cotton Spurred Growth of Mills Along the Moodus River
Moodus Was the 19th-Century Twine Capital of America
by BRUCE SIEVERS
Until it burned to the ground in 1916, the Triton mill in Johnsonville was one of the town's major employers.

Cotton was King in 19th-Century Moodus, where 12 mills were built along the banks of the narrow Moodus River during the first half of the 1800s. An engrossing story of how water power, mechanical know-how, and business smarts in 19th-century Moodus generated wealth for mill owners and full employment for immigrant mill workers. Click for Mills Along the River

A Teenager's Coming of Age at Bury's Meat Market
At Bury Brothers' Butcher Shop You Learned to Make the Most of Meat & Life
by DAVID "BUD" DAVIES

The Bury brothers ran a butcher shop in Moodus that was valued  by area residents for its fine cuts and fresh beef. To the teens who worked for Joe and Julian Bury, the action behind the counter and in the backroom offered much more. Former junior apprentice meat cutter and cleanup guy Bud Davies reveals what he learned from the Burys in this meaty memoir.

Click for Coming of Age

Local Landmarks Flow through Constant Waterman's Journal
Explore Local Water from the Puddle to the Sea in Hadlyme Native Matthew Goldman's New Book

A new book written and illustrated by Hadlyme native Matthew Goldman is a treat for any East Haddam resident -- or anyone for that matter -- who has ever stood and listened to the sea, pondered the stillness of a pond, kayaked a cove or hoped to find a message in a bottle. Boat lovers will be entranced. Wildlife and wetlands champions will be delighted. Reading Matthew's maritime musings, full of intimate details and keen observations, you'll learn of boats and their builders, ferrymen, fishers and the fish they pursue, and much, much more.

Click for Two Sample Chapters from The Journals of Constant Waterman

Classic Stories of East Haddam's
Early Settlers As Told in 1871

Excerpts:"The Old Chimney Stacks of East Haddam"
by HOSFORD B. NILES

Now Being Posted!

"East Haddam may be justly regarded as one of the oldest, as it is one of the largest towns in the State. Its diversified scenery, its bracing atmosphere, and its early historic associations have made the town an object of admiration to travelers, and of love to her sons and daughters.

And she has reared many worthy sons who have graced the Nigh pursuits of life; and of the virtue and beauty of her daughters she may well be proud."

The tract of land of which East Haddam is a part, was purchased from four Indian kings, in 1662, for thirty coats of a value not exceeding one hundred dollars. The tract thus purchased was taken up by 28 persons, mostly young men from the vicinity of Hartford, who settled in the northern part of this land on the west side of the river. ..."

Click Here for Chapter One

The Glorious Day that the Swing Bridge First Swung in East Haddam
Opening Day Festivities in 1913 Attracted an Excited Crowd of Celebrants and State Dignitaries

Opening Day Program

Early Views of Town

A 1913 Town History

Ode to East Haddam

The cover
of the 1913 souvenir
program celebrating the  opening of the swing bridge.

Judge Purple paying the first toll on the swing bridge.

OLD MOODUS CENTER
BACK IN THE DAY


From the Early 1900s
to Its Teardown

HISTORIC VIEWS OF
MOODUS RESORTS

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Ads & Flyers

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Banner Lodge


Camp Wopowog


Cave Hill


Ted Hilton's


Other Resorts

EARLY VIEWS OF
EAST HADDAM

Goodspeed, Gelston, Vistas, Travel & More

1913 BRIDGE
OPENING SOUVENIR

Celebrating a
River Crossing

 

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