Early Industries of the Farm River

The North Branford Land Conservation Trust (NBLCT), will sponsor a program, Early Industries of the Farm River, on Wednesday, February 27, at 6:00 pm at the Stanley T. Williams Community Center, Northford. The Farm River in Northford was for over 200 years the center of industrial activity in the area. The two-hour program presented by Lindsay Suter and Dr. Ted Groom will examine a few of the more than twenty businesses that thrived on the Farm River, formerly known as the Stony River, from the late 1600s to approximately 1930. Smith & Cowles made agricultural products, including the first self-operating hay rake, the Northford Manufacturing Company manufactured products made of tin, including plates, pots, and pitchers, and the Stevens brothers created the first Christmas cards accented with glitter and fringe, making Northford for a time “The Christmas Card Capital of the World.” The program is free and open to the public; however, donations are happily accepted.