Vanished Port of Middletown Topic of Talk Before Descendants of City's First Settlers

Local historian and journalist Erik Hesselberg will speak Friday at the Russell Library on Middletown and the Great Era of the West Indies Trade.


Middletown journalist and historian Erik Hesselberg will speak to the annual gathering of the Society of First Middletown Settlers Descendants for a program on the city history as a seaport Friday from 1:15 to 3 p.m. at the Russell Library Hubbard Room. 

This program is open to public. Refreshments will be served prior to the talk.

Hesselberg's research is drawn from a book he is working on about early commerce of the lower Connecticut River.

Meet and greet the speaker and members of the First Middletown Settlers Descendants before hearing about the once thiriving port of Middletown and Hesselberg's forthcoming book on this topic: Vanished Port: Middletown and the Great Era of the West Indies Trade.     

The event is co-sponsored by Russell Library, Godfrey Library, and the Middlesex Historical Society.

Michael Loveland December 30, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Interested in this topic... I am interested in the history of a Wharf built in Middletown around 1765 by Captain John Loveland who lived from 1716 to 1776 and is buried in old cemetary in Middletown...Loveland street was opened thru his land...his grandson (Also Captian John Loveland buried in cemetary behind fire station downtown...lived 1785 to 1857) built house on SW corner of Loveland and S. Main which stands today on site of grandfathers House...the two of them would be my 6 and 4 great grandfathers...I would be very grateful on directions to any information regarding the two of them, thanks, Mike Loveland...Wichita, Kansas...loveland@ weigand.com


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