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Valley Falls Index

Valley Falls Timeline

What happened when? A timeline to keep people and events in relationship.

  • 1720: Town of Bolton incorporated including North Bolton, the future town of Vernon.
  • 1730: First mention of Valley Falls in town records with Johns family deed and saw mill.
  • 1740: Johns family saw mill erected at Valley Falls.
  • 1751: The North Bolton Cemetery established on Bamforth Road.
  • 1760: North Bolton becomes a distinct Ecclesiastical Society.
  • 1808: Vernon separates from Bolton and incorporates.
  • 1809: Peter Dobson builds cotton spinning mill on the Tankerhoosen.
  • 1821: First power looms at Rock Mill in Rockville
  • 1836: Land purchased by Anton Lyman with oil mill.
  • 1840: Farm house built by Anson Lyman.
  • 1849: Hartford, Providence and Fishkill Railroad opens through Vernon.
  • 1849: Valley Falls Company builds 2 story cotton mill.
  • 1860-64: Civil War
  • 1865: After Anson Lyman's death 150 acres owned by Samuel Bradley.
  • 1871: Bradley sells 150 acre Lyman Farm to Christian Sharps to develop a trout hatchery.
  • 1874: Sharps dies of tuberculosis before first trout sale. Bradley regains property.
  • 1877: Valley Falls Cotton Mill burns ending the mill era at Valley Falls.
  • 1910: Hans Munchow buys property, rebuilds barn, and builds stable.
  • 1912: Munchow runs away leaving wife to dispose of property.
  • 1913: Dr Charles & Mary Batterson Beach buy Valley Falls.
  • 1914-18: First World War
  • 1925: Swimming pool built for the family.
  • 1929: Beginning of Great Depression
  • 1939-45: Second World War
  • 1958: Beaches sell property to Jones & Lyman real estate developers.
  • 1962: Vernon Fire district buys 130 acres.
  • 1965: Town of Vernon and City of Rockville consolidate
  • 1970: Last freight train.
  • 1972: Jones & Lyman donate last 63 acres to Vernon.
  • 1995: Army National Guard builds Rail Trail.
  • 1995: The Braille Trail constructed as an Eagle Scout project.
  • 2000: Friends of Valley Falls purchase the farm.
  • 2011: The Braille Trail Refurbished and Rededicated.
  • 2019?: Friends of Valley Falls opens their Heritage Center in the Stable.

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