Sunday, September 2, 2012
Someone asked me recently about the history of St. John's, the Roman Catholic church in Cromwell. The church was founded in 1882, according to the parish website. An online history indicates that the first mass in town was said in 1877 and subsequent masses were held in public buildings. Before that, Catholics likely attended St. John's, Middletown. Today, the church is staffed by Franciscan friars. In the diocese of Norwich, parish records are held locally. Contact the parish for information.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
The Cromwell Historical Society deserves kudos for maintaining a great website in addition to their onsite collection. Their "Cromwell History" section at http://www.cromwellhistory.org/Cromwell_History.html starts with a quick history of Cromwell, CT, highlighting its break from Middletown. The page continues by offering links to a variety of websites on local history. Some are images of local events; others offer detailed histories of local tool manufacturers. If you're interested in Cromwell's history, this website is the place to start.