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A modern community in Vernon, Connecticut, linked to the past as a result of its unique history, Talcottville is often cited as a well preserved historical example of an industrial village typical of 19th century America.

New England was once spotted with this type of mill town. They were clustered enterprise zones where virtually all aspects of the lives of the mill workers, including their dwellings, the church, the school and the 'company store' were controlled by the owners.

That system is gone, but it's amazing how many original houses and features still exist on Main Street and Elm Hill Road, reflecting the way they were in the 1800’s. Talcottville is a registered National Historic District. Residents today are interested in preserving the town’s identity, to keep the modern world from closing in.

The School Today
Old School in Spring
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These pages are not intended to be a historical study, but a glance or two at interesting things in Talcottville from a friendly perspective, taking images from the present and the old days.

To the left is a view of the old Talcott Brothers School, built in 1880. It was not the first school in the village, but solid architecture, don’t you agree? It was later used for special education classes by Vernon Public Schools and then as a church.

The Old School
(click for really big image) . .. don't miss the dog
. . . . (here, or on the pets page)

Here is an old postcard from about 1912 when Talcottville School was used as a one room schoolhouse.

One of the students has been identified. (click here)

Note for those visiting from afar:
Talcottville, Connecticut is Northeast of Hartford and is now a village within the town of Vernon.

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