On the other side of Farmington from Miss Porter’s School, is an area known as Unionville. Unionville is not one of Connecticut’s 169 towns, but a lot of people talk about Unionville as if it’s a free state. Several years ago, there were signs in front of houses and some businesses that simply said “Save the Ville”. I’m not sure what people were being asked to save the ville from, or if the ville had fallen into an abandoned well and the folks had sent Lassie to get help.
The ville is a mix of old and new buildings. The most significant ones are arranged around a 5-way intersection that can only be described as “something you should avoid” unless you’re very familiar with the ville.
The first time I tried to get some photos for a “Unionville Doors” post, I discovered Tunxis Hose Company 1 and that consumed my entire post.
When I was feeding my daughter’s cats, back in August, I did a little walk around the ville for a doorscursion. That is now an accepted term, Norm used it in a post, so… I had hoped to dig in and do some research, but I wasn’t able to find much information about several of the buildings. One building that is featured is the First Church of Christ – Unionville, and, at least parts of this building date back to 1772 (which is a good long time). This church was a hub of the Underground Railroad. According to its webpage, the church housed the slaves of the Amistad during the first civil rights case in the United States. That’s pretty cool.
Another interesting building is The Unionville Bank and Trust Company building. In this case, the bank wasn’t nearly as sound as the building. The bank was founded in 1922. The building was finished in 1929, and the Bank failed in 1932.
There is also a wonderful old mill building that has been turned into retail and professional office space, but I wasn’t able to find out much about its history. Nor did I have much luck discovering the history of the Youth Services building or the museum. It’s OK. I love to find the history of these buildings, but sometimes, I all I get is the photos. This is one of those times.
One building in the gallery was a sad find for me. Wm. R. Hartigan & Son. “Quality woodworking since 1869.” But, sadly, they no longer seem to be in business. They were manufacturers of:
“Nailed Wood Boxes And Shook”
Do you know what “shook” is?
I do, but I had to look it up. Shook is the word used to describe the wooden pieces that can be used to assemble barrels (i.e. barrel staves) or shipping boxes. So, Wm. & Son made boxes and do-it-yourself boxes. I wonder if they shipped shook in boxes…’cuz that would be weird.
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