Southington History

Many Modes of Transportation Served Milldale

By Ken DiMauro         Because of its centralized location in the state, Southington became a transportation hub; a place where there were many ways of moving products and people. The history of those different modes of transportation can particularly be seen in the Milldale and Plantsville sections of town, both which had several large manufacturing […]

Plantsville Pharmacy’s Longevity a Prescription for Success

By Ken DiMauro     For nearly 70 years, Plantsville Pharmacy, located at 1 W. Main St. in the Plantsville section of Southington, has possessed a relatively simple prescription for success. Although cousins James M. Potrepka and Chester A. Potrepka Jr., co-owners of the pharmacy, have introduced different products and services to store customers over […]

The Early Days of Southington

by Ken DiMauro. Samuel Woodruff is known as the “Father of Southington.” In 1698 he was given permission to travel here from Farmington and set up a residence and eventually a small farm. He was one of the first permanent white settlers in town. At the time, Southington was still part of Farmington, which was […]

The Creation of the Southington Historical Society

by Lisa Jansson, Society President. The Southington Historical Society was founded in 1965 through the endeavors of the Greater Southington Chamber of Commerce. In addition to the Chamber of Commerce office, meetings were held in a number of locations, including the First Congregational Church, Just Buttons Museum and the Historical Room at the former Southington […]

Town Green started as “Pigweed Park”

by Ken DiMauro. When local businessman James F. Pratt, head of the Village Improvement Society, decided to spearhead an effort in the 1870s to clean up was referred to as “Pigweed Park,” which was little more than a centralized garbage dump, he created the Town Green that residents know and appreciate today. As the U.S. […]

Historic Houses of Southington

Southington has delighted us with many vintage homes built over the years with various styles of architecture.  Here you will find a selection of these houses, the oldest having been built in 1720. Each home has its own unique history, and have housed some of the most notable residents in Connecticut history.  Many of these […]