Friday, September 21, 2007

a little elmwood news

and history (i for one didn't know about capt'n ebenezer faxon)

Elmwood's Liberty Symbols
Though it may sound generic, the name of the Elmwood section of West Hartford has a distinct historical provenance. In 1777, Captain Ebenezer Faxon planted 13 elm trees at the corner of New Britain Avenue and South Quaker Lane to celebrate the crucial American victory over the British forces led by Gen. John Burgoyne at the Battle of Saratoga. After the Revolutionary War, more elms were planted along New Britain Avenue and Newington Road.The tall and graceful trees gave the neighborhood its name and identity. But in the early to mid-20th century, Dutch elm blight took these and countless other American elms. Well, the elms are coming back. .......

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