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GulliverWhen first published in 1726, Jonathan Swift's book Gulliver's Travels caught the public's imagination and instantly became a best seller. The Willimantic Linen Company quickly exploited the book's popularity. This 1884 lithograph depicts the Lilliputians tying down Lemuel Gulliver with Willimantic's "best six cord spool cotton." The artists hired by the Willimantic Linen Company always ingeniously incorporated spools of cotton into the scenes.
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Nathan Hale Monument
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The Nathan Hale Hotel was built in 1925, and was one of the finest hotels in eastern Connecticut. It lost its popularity after World War Two because of the advent of motor hotels, and the lack of parking spaces downtown.
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The Johnson House The sign says "Hotel Johnson" but it started out as the rebuilt Potter’s Tavern (known as “The Tremont”). It later became known as Young’s Hotel and then as the Johnson House. It was gutted by fire in 1915. The old Nathan Hale Hotel was built on this site.
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ScotlandPic of the Week - January 15, 2010The picture is of the Scotland, CT town green. The camera is facing East. I apologize for being a bit inaccurate in saying that the Green hasn't changed much in a hundred years. The large building in the almost center of the picture is no longer there. I actually had to look at the picture several times before realizing that something didn't seem to agree with the present makeup of the Green.
Clay and I appreciate all comments about any of our Pics of the Week. This week, I thought it was interesting that possibilities included Columbia and Hampton. So many town Greens are basically the same - with a church and/or other meeting house, a Town Hall and some public building (such as a hotel) for housing. I've included the following excerpt from "".

"The Green and its streetscape accurately reflect the development of Scotland since it was established, including the contemporary St. Margaret's Church sited next to the staid Congregational Church and Chapel. This is one of the charms of the town center, as is the c. 1920 bungalow tucked between the town hall and dwelling built during the Colonial period. However, the green can only support a certain amount of change before it loses its character. This is already happening due to some unsympathetic remodeling/conversions. There is also a large empty lot facing the green where a hotel once stood that will some day be developed.
In addition, there is some local concern that the Department of Transportation has plans to modify the sight lines in order to improve traffic safety which could adversely affect the green.

Most likely a town center began to develop when Scotland was allowed to build a pound for its livestock and a school for the children. It was not until 1727 when perhaps as many as 80 families were living in the area that Scotland was granted winter privileges. Finally, in 1732, a separate ecclesiastical society was established and according to Bayles, the place for the meetinghouse was established on a knoll on the east side of Merricks Brook and the south side of the road from Windham to Canterbury. Nathanial Huntington deeded .25 acre to the Society and in November 1733 the first meeting was held in the meetinghouse that was constructed on the present Scotland green.
In 1772, a new meetinghouse was built on the site of the present Congregational Church (1842) and the original meetinghouse was removed from the green. Concern was voiced in 1774 that the school house, so close to the meetinghouse, could endanger it should there be a fire. As a result, the school house was moved a suitable distance away.... The Scotland Green was established as a site for the meetinghouse when the Ecclesiastical Society was created in 1732. It was then and is now the heart of the community around which the important civic, religious and commercial buildings have always been located."
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The Nathan Hale birthplace in Coventry. Captain Hale was hung by the British as a spy in the Revolutionary War, and is famed for saying that he regretted having only one life to give for his country.
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Thread City GarageThe Thread City Garage was located off Main St. in back of where the present day Nathan Hale Hotel stands. Parts of the brick walls are standing today and can be seen to the left of the present day firehouse. A spectacular fire in 1915 ruined that garage as well as the Natchaug Garage and the Johnson House Hotel. The Thread City Garage rebuilt and remained in business until sometime in the 1930s. Photo courtesy of Armand Biron.
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Youngs Hotel, Nathan Hale HotelThis photograph was taken between 1892 and 1894. It depicts the north side of main Street, looking west. The main building visible is Youngs Hotel. Young's later became known as The Johnson House Hotel. This was demolished in 1925 to make way for the Nathan Hale Hotel. Also note that there is no Post Office building (1911) or town hall (1896). But the building that houses the former Victorian Lady Restaurant can be seen (1892).
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Johnson HotelIt was built in 1854 and demolished in 1925. (Before the Johnson House, Young's Tavern was at this location. It was razed by fire.) After the demolition of the Johnson House, the Nathan Hale Hotel was then built on that site. What will become of the site now one must wonder.
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Main St. - app. 1894This photograph was taken between 1892 and 1894. It depicts the north side of main Street, looking west. The main building visible is Youngs Hotel. This was demolished in 1925 to make way for the Nathan Hale Hotel. Also note that there is no Post Office building (1911) or town hall (1896). But the building that houses the Victorian Lady Restaurant can be seen (1892).
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Willimantic's Greatest Needthis group of men had been selling shares in what was to become the “Community Hotel Corporation” which was the holding company for the Nathan Hale Hotel. The corporation papers were filed in March, 1925. At the time of corporation, it had an authorized capital of $250,000 and began business with $200,000. The incorporators were William P. Jordan, James R. Fullerton, James P. Bath and George S. Elliot of Willimantic and Louis Kingsbury of Coventry.
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Bay State PharmacyThe Bay State Pharmacy originally opened in the Loomer Opera House. It then moved to the new Nathan Hale Hotel (where this photo was taken). In 1967, the pharmacy closed and was replaced by a cocktail lounge.
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