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Seymour Historical Society Program To Focus On Historic ‘Highway’

by Press Release | Feb 16, 2017 11:18 am

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The Naugatuck Valley’s most historic transportation route, the Woodbury Path, will be the focus of a program at the Seymour Historical Society on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m.

Even before there were cars, Connecticut had major roads.

In this program, speaker Peter Rzasa will discuss how the Woodbury Path was used centuries ago by Native Americans to gain access to the Naugatuck and Housatonic rivers and Long Island Sound.

Starting in the late 1600s, settlers in what is now Oxford and Seymour expanded the “highway” and used it to transport wheat, corn, pork and other farm products to market. Eventually, the path connected Woodbury with Derby, which grew into an important shipping port. In short, the Woodbury Path played a vital role in allowing trade and industry to flourish in the Naugatuck Valley.

The snow date for this program is Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. The Seymour Historical Society is located at 59 West Street, near the Trinity Episcopal Church. The program is free to Seymour Historical Society members and $5 for non-members. Seating is limited to 65 people, so arrive early to claim a seat. Doors open at 1 p.m. For more information, contact psussman@snet.net, call 203-881-2156 or visit www.seymourhistoricalsociety.org.

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