--Lakeville Horse Show Program (1964).
This show programs lists
exhibitors and competitors by name. Competing in this show required
planning, serious purpose, and the willingness to advance entry fees
weeks in advance of the dates of the show, rather than the usual
practice at smaller horse shows today of entering on the day of the
show, or even just as a class was about to begin. The Lakeville Horse
Show, back in these days, was an important regional horse show. The show
documented in this program was unusual by today’s standards. Not a
jumper show, or a breed show, or a hunter show, or a Western show, but a
horse show. There were classes for hunters and jumpers (indeed the show
carried a B rating from the AHSA in those divisions) to be sure, but
there were also saddle seat/gaited horse classes, Western classes, breed
classes for Arabians, Morgans, and Hackney ponies, driving classes, and
even barrel racing classes. The advertisements in the program reflect
a time when the Northwest Corner of Connecticut was a different place.
Not yet “discovered” by conspicuous consumers, there were still many
working farms in the area – since replaced for the most part by grand
weekend houses. The Lakeville Pony Club, the show’s beneficiary then as
it is today, was less than ten years old in 1964 (now it ranks as one of
the oldest continuous clubs in the United States Pony Clubs), and one
finds many of its members of that era listed with “Entry” next to their
name in the list of exhibitors and competitors by number – the kids who
were waiting to see which horse Miss Lucy Drummond, who ran both the
Pony Club and Holley Hill Farm, would mount them on come the days of the
show. 76+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $4.50.
Land Speculation in Salisbury, CT
(1739 – 1761) by Judith M. Sherman.
In addition to the importance of this
master's thesis in the history of Salisbury, it also marked a trend in
historiography that was only beginning to appear in local history when
it was written in 1990: quantitative analysis based on early records.
This rigorous approach was at the time only
beginning to take the place of the generalization and ancestor puffery
that characterized much local history at the time.
The data collection for this
paper began a year or two earlier, with the author’s “Salisbury, CT: the
Early Years” – also available from Between the Lakes Group (see below) – and the
approach was the happy result of three factors: the author's finely
honed analytical skills that had propelled her successful Wall Street
career, the recognition and support of her approach by Hunter College and the
Graduate Center of CUNY, and well-preserved colonial records in
Salisbury, CT. The choice of her topic was based on real estate
speculation in the 1980s that was largely driven by New York City
residents bidding up the cost of second home real estate in Salisbury
combined with the author's skepticism about the then-prevailing view
that real estate speculation by “outsiders” had been rampant in Colonial
times in Salisbury as well. The paper had been sought for publication
by the William and Mary Quarterly, then as now the preeminent
learned journal of American Colonial history, but the author withdrew it
to offer it to a local historical society which did not publish it --
although the author subsequently noted that rather abruptly people in
the local historical community ceased alluding
to rampant land speculation in colonial Salisbury by “outsiders”.
73+ pages, in PDF format. Download now for $7.00.
--Salisbury, Connecticut, Abstract of Early Land Records.
This article, abstracting
some of the more historically significant early land records, is found
in that organization’s Historical Collections of the Salisbury
Association, Volume II. It is important to note the
limitations of this collection as admitted by the compiler. The
abstract doesn’t claim to be complete (original grants are not included,
and only the more historically interesting deeds are abstracted, for
example). Also, as the compiler notes, any selection process of this
sort implicitly is colored by the interests of the compiler. The
original records still do exist (they survived the Town Hall fire) and
are available for examination at the Town Clerk’s office. Its
limitations notwithstanding, this is an interesting compilation and has
significant historical value. Download now in PDF format,
28+ pages, $4.00.
Township of Salisbury, Connecticut - The Early Years, by Judith M.
Sherman (1988). Most of this material is
based on the 1719 – 1742 period – the period when
Salisbury was first
laid out and settled. In its 83 pages, including extensive tables,
references, and footnotes, the paper summarizes the township’s early
history in a way that had not been done previously. The author’s
background, prior to her graduate education in history, had been in
analytical work on Wall Street. She in this paper coupled her
analytical tools with the documentary record of the Town of Salisbury
and produced an early history of that township that is free of the
puffery and exaggeration of previous histories of that town. A statement like “Land speculation was rampant in
early Salisbury” was the sort of generalization that Sherman had
been trained to detect, question – and frequently demolish. Along those
lines, this paper presented the first critical view of a real sacred cow
of Salisbury history, the first clergyman in town, the Rev. Jonathan
Lee. Typescript, PDF format, download now for $5.00.
--The Litchfield Hills -- an 1898 Connecticut Quarterly article about
geography of Litchfield County.
Lime Rock -- once the headquarters of an
industrial empire -- our CD-ROM based on a Heritage Walk we conducted there in October
2004. See our Lime Rock page for more
--Lime Rock Cemetery Plot Map
-- We were able to obtain at auction an
original plot map of the Lime Rock Cemetery. As far as we know, the
download we offer of our photo and scans of this map represent the
only plot maps of this cemetery that are publicly available, although,
of course, the Cemetery Association has working maps that permit them to
manage sales of plots and niches in the columbarium. See our page about
Lime Rock Cemetery for more
--Salisbury Cemetery Records (1913), from the Historical Collections of
the Salisbury Association, Volume I. This 45+ page compilation of
several cemeteries in the Town of Salisbury (Chapinville, Dutchers
Bridge, Mt. Riga, Town Hill, and five small, isolated cemeteries, does
not include the old cemetery at Salisbury Center (see our separate
download of that material), nor the cemeteries at Lime Rock, and the
"new" Salisbury cemetery. Nonetheless, these 688 inscriptions are
an important part of the record of Salisbury. PDF format, download
--Salisbury: Old Section of the New
Cemetery (1916), from the Historical Collections of the Salisbury
Association, Volume II. This 46+ page compilation of the oldest
section of the so-called "New Cemetery" (the one located on Route 41
just north of Salisbury village provides records that will be of use to
many who came to Salisbury a bit too late for the smaller and older
cemeteries around the township (published separately). A section at the
end identifies Civil War veterans buried in this ground as well as some
buried elsewhere. PDF format, download for $4.25.
--"Salisbury in War Time", a Memorial Day 1910 address by
Thomas Lot Norton, with a comprehensive list of Salisbury men who served
in the Union military forces and their units.
34+ pages. Download, in PDF format, $3.50.
vital records circa 1730 - 1767 from the historical collections of the
Salisbury Association, originally published in 1913. 51+ pages.
Download now in PDF format, $3.25.
vital records circa 1768 - 1800 from the historical collections of the
Salisbury Association, originally published in 1916. 90+ pages.
Download now in PDF format, $3.25.
--Members and officers of the Salisbury
Association (1913). This list of 19+ pages from Volume I of the
historical collections of the Salisbury Association serves today as a
"who was who" of Salisbury at the time. Download in PDF format.
of the Town Hall, by Malcolm D. Rudd (1916).
This history is extracted from Historical
Collections of The Salisbury Association, Volume II (1916). The
Salisbury Association served for many years as both a civic betterment
group and an historical society for this northwest Connecticut
township. Nearly 100 years ago it set out to publish four volumes of
its “Collections” and they are, today, a very useful source for anyone
with an interest in the town and its history. Salisbury’s town
hall had an interesting history at the time this history was written,
and it continued to be interesting in the years following its
--The 1820 census of children attending
school in the Town of Salisbury, by school district. This article
constituted Volume III of the historical collections of the Salisbury
Association. 22+ pages. Download now in PDF format, $3.50.
--Lime Rock -- an
1905 article from the Connecticut Magazine by the Rector of the local church
about the history of this community.
--The Salisbury Academy,
documents and student lists, comprising Volume IV of the Historical
Collections of the Salisbury Association. 65+ pages, PDF format,
download for $5.00.
--A lengthy illustrated article from 1989 from Volume IV of the
Connecticut Quarterly about the history of the Town of Salisbury,
including an index. 26++ pages.
Download now in PDF format, $2.00.
--Grave-stone Inscriptions at Salisbury, Connecticut
(1898). This 16-page collection of Salisbury gravestone
inscriptions, principally at Salisbury center, originally collected by Malcolm Day Rudd, was published as
a pamphlet. This download, which is in PDF format, $3.75.
--A Brief Military
History of Salisbury, an address by Malcolm D. Rudd (1911) from the
historical collections of the Salisbury Association. 30+ pages.
Download now in PDF format, $2.75.
--About the iron industry -- We're
happy to offer two articles by one of the earlier researchers of this
subject in one download entitled Early Iron Industry of
Connecticut. Yes, there's plenty of Salisbury material
in it! See our Iron page for
--The White Oak for 1954,
yearbook of Housatonic Valley Regional High School, Falls Village.
Includes the town of Salisbury. See our
Litchfield County page for more information.
names in all of Litchfield County.
iron industry of the Upper Housatonic Valley.
Litchfield County -- our republication of Arthur Goodenough's
classic The Clergy of Litchfield County
(1909). See our page about
Clergy of Litchfield County.
--Delegates' Reports: CT Board of Agriculture
(1869) -- The report from the
Litchfield County delegate begins on page 21 of this document. See our
Connecticut miscellany page for more information.
Some Salisbury exhibitors did especially well in an agricultural
exposition held in Falls Village and reported in this article.