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Northford Center Historic District

Northford Center
Northford Congregational Church
Northford Center Historic District is located in Connecticut
Northford Center Historic District
Northford Center Historic District is located in the US
Northford Center Historic District
LocationRoughly along Middletown Ave. and parts of Old Post Rd., North Branford, Connecticut
Coordinates41°24′0″N 72°46′59″W / 41.40000°N 72.78306°W / 41.40000; -72.78306
Area230 acres (93 ha)
ArchitectHenry Austin; Boylan, Alfred W.
Architectural styleColonial, Early Republic
NRHP reference #02001629[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 31, 2002

The Northford Center Historic District encompasses the historic village area of Northford in northern North Branford, Connecticut. The basically linear district extends along Middletown Avenue from the village center at its southern end, to a point beyond its northern junction with Old Post Road. The area was settled in the early 18th century, and was transformed into a rural industrial village in the 19th century by the locally prominent Maltby and Fowler families. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.[1]

Description and history

Northford was originally part of the New Haven Colony in the 17th century, and was settled in the early 18th century as part of Branford. It became part of North Branford when that town was incorporated in 1831. It was at first a rural outpost of Branford, which was granted a separate Congregational parish in 1745. The village center of Northford, now at the southern junction of Middletown Avenue and Old Post Road, grew around the colonial meeting house that was erected soon afterward. It served primarily the local farming community, and also travelers along the post road; one of the oldest surviving buildings in the district is a tavern built in 1776.[2]

The village was transformed in the 19th century into a small industrial center, whose major early industry was the manufacture of pins, screws, and other fasteners. These industrial efforts were largely run by members of the interrelated Maltby and Fowler families. As a result, the district is architecturally diverse, with buildings dating from the 18th to the early 20th century. Most buildings built before the American Civil War, although there are a few residences, including several fine ones built by the industrial leaders.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Northford Center Historic District". National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-01-23.