Monday, November 4, 2013
Middletown Upper Houses
When I visited this little area, with its five short streets, it was very quiet. The only sounds came from a group of small kids playing outdoors in a very retro, unsupervised fashion, and the river, which made a timeless spooky gulping sound as it moved against its banks.
other early Connecticut River settlements, you have to partly close your eyes and imagine that lost world.
this.) It's not even clear how exactly the name was chosen. When the town split from Middletown and became its own entity in 1851, residents preferred the ever-so-creative "Upper Middletown." But the General Assembly sent them a piece of paper with "Cromwell" on it, and that was that. Sources are divided as to whether the name came from the 17th century foe of King Charles I, or from the first warship built in Connecticut (in Essex!) in 1776. But the ship was named for the man, so either way, if you're humming Oliver's Army right now, that's fine.