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Windham Center Green, 1911It all began here in the 1690s. This is Windham Center Green, pictured in 1911. The building visible at the far side of the green was built in 1839 for the Windham Bank. The organization relocated to the growing borough of Willimantic in 1872, and since then the building has been the home of the Windham Free Library. Also located on the green is a Sheriff's lock-up from the early 18th century -- along with some magnificent houses built before the Revolutionary War. This charming village also served as the summer home of Julian Alden Weir, the famed American impressionist artist.
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Windham Inn - 1910 Bill Kotrba sent us this photo. He says, "It is a very unusual view picturing route 14 heading in an easterly direction. I have only seen 2 examples of this card in the past. Please note, the Windham Inn has a wrap around porch, and the grade in front of the post office is much higher than it is today. Between 1958 and 1962, our music professor, Elizabeth Fields from Willimantic State Teacher's College, lived in the third building on the left."
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Bingham's Mill
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Bingham's Mill ?Is this another photo of Bingham's Mill. Share your thoughts on our Forum. The discussion is under "General Discussion >>> Bingham's Mill - second view. Photo courtesy of Bill Kotrba
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Early Photo of Windham's Frog Pond.It is located on RT 14 (Scotland Road) in Windham Center just across from Follett Road.
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Christian Street District SchoolhouseThe Christian Street District Schoolhouse was located on present day RT 14 in what was known as “the Christian Street District” which was one of the town’s ten school districts. In 1900, fifteen pupils studied there. The building is still in existence on the north side of RT 14 near the Scotland town line.
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Johnson and Potter Store - Windham Center (today it is the Post Office)Pic of the Week - October 25, 2012. At the time the photograph was taken, this was the Johnson and Potter Store. It was built for Benjamin Dwyer as a store in 1875. Somewhere around 1886, postmaster William Swift purchased the store after his own store (and the Congregational Church) burned to the ground.For much more detail, see Tom Beardsley's three articles on the Windham center Post Office. They were published in "The Chronicle" on September 2,9 and 16, 2000. Use the "Articles" tab on this page or copy/paste this link :
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Bricktop District Schoolhouse circa 1895Children stand outside the Bricktop District Schoolhouse. It was located on present day RT 14 near Lover’s Lane. At that time, there were eight Windham school districts outside of Willimantic.
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Unidentified Rag PickerThis picture was taken by Julian Beville who also climbed the 200 foot high smokestack at Windham Mfg. Co. to take photos of Willimantic from the top. It is of a still unidentified rag picker who worked for “Warner’s of Willimantic”. A note on the back of the picture says it could be a, “Mr. Neff where the school buses are parked”. The lettering on the wagon says, “Warners – Willimantic”. Pic of the Week January 16, 2014
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Windham Fire CompaniesThis was the Pic of the Week for July 7, 2011. The info says this pic is of the Windham Fire Companies in 1900 and was taken on Pearl st. in Willimantic. From left are: Jarrius Smith, William Swift, Rufus Huntington, William Wales, Henry Page, Edward Burnham, Rufus Rood, Andrew Frink, Charles Larrabee, Charles Rood and William Rood.
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Zion's Hill, Windham CenterZion’s Hill section of Windham. This is where present day RT 14 takes a left in Windham Center and heads towards Scotland.
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Selleck's Service Station - Pic of the Week February 19, 2015This was the service station run by Sterling Selleck on Route 14 in Windham Center. The pumps and sign are gone but the building is still standing.
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The Vino Elderkin house - built by Colonel Elderkin for his son.The photo shows Jerusalem Road as it joined the present day Route 203. The Colonel Elderkin house in on the photo’s right. It was built by Colonel Elderkin for his son Vino just after the Revolutionary War. The bricks were said to be imported from Holland and the nails were hand wrought. It was torn down in 1912. It had fallen into disrepair several years earlier and nothing was done to prevent further damage. The Colonel himself never lived there - his house was in the Windham center village. Pic of the Week August 22, 2013
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Windham Courthouse (on Windham Green)
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Windham Center Grammar SchoolThis is the original, pre-Civil War Windham Center School. It was located on what is now called Windham Center Road approximately halfway between the firehouse and Mullen Hill Road. It was replaced in 1923 by the school on North Road. Rural Windham had eight school districts, each with its own building. Willimantic had three school districts.
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