Making History

Warren’s Veterans

In 1898 when the Spanish American War was declared the population of Warren was 432. Three men from Warren served in that conflict. Among them was
John Andregg who had immigrated from Switzerland in 1867 when he was just 15. He farmed on Sackett Hill Rd. with his wife Anna. They had 3 children and after his death in 1918 his farm was sold to John Adlerhurst.

1918 – 2018 The Hundredth Anniversary of the End of World War I

In 1918 when Warren’s population numbered fewer than 350 more than 30 young men were either drafted or enlisted to serve in the war that was supposed to end all wars.
Howard Chappuis, just 23, the son of John  and Lillian, signed up in New Milford on August 25, 1918 and, despite a previous injury that rendered him unfit for combat, served in base hospitals until his discharge as a corporal on July 17, 1919.

Call for Volunteers

Marylyn Hendricks and Jon Garvy have been conducting and recording oral histories for the last three years. Eventually, these audio files will be available on our website, but we need help. Do you have an hour or two to transcribe one of our recordings? The content is so interesting that we think you’ll be hooked.
Can you think of someone whose memories capture some of Warren’s history? Please let us know and we’ll put them on our list of interview subjects.
You can reach us by telephone at 860-503-8545, through our website or by email at [email protected]

2018 Annual Meeting

Please join us for a short business meeting to be followed by a video overview of the Warren Historical Society’s activities in 2018 and a presentation by Craig Nelson of Native American artifacts found in Warren.

Refreshments will be served!

The Finneys of Warren

The family of Charles Grandison Finney left Warren in 1794, part of the great westward migration to more fertile farmland. Charles Finney’s grandfather, Josiah, had been the original settler in Warren after his marriage to Sarah Carter in 1755. He settled on a lot in the Third Division, our destination on Saturday morning.
Josiah and Sarah remain in Warren in the Old Burying Ground. Come learn more about Charles Finney and his Warren roots on Saturday, September 22 at 10:00 am on the 2018 Housatonic Heritage Hike.

In Memory of NED

Sometimes among the many tributes to loss in the Old Warren Cemetery, there is a mystery.  In the north end of the cemetery there is a small stone, now sadly tilting, with this inscription:
In Memory of
Who Died April 13th
1793 Æ 9 years
This stone is erected by his
Master J. Tallmadge
Pleasant & faithful in life And in Death lamented
Who was Ned? There is no surname for him. Was he an indentured servant? A slave? In the 1790 Census John Tallmadge should be listed among the inhabitants of Warren. Among his other business ventures he owned the General Store, but he’s not. There is a John Tallmadge in Claverack, New York and he owns two slaves. Could one of them have been Ned?

More from the Old Burying Ground

In the very north end of the old cemetery in a solitary location sits the grave of 8 yr. old Casander Knickerbocker. Today very little can be read of his inscription. Only his given name shows, but in 1916 Howard and Nellie Carter captured his epitaph:
Casander Knickerbocker
June 30 1853
Æt 8 y’rs

He is the only Knickerbocker in the old Burying Ground. He was the youngest of four brothers and his family lived between Kent and Warren from 1825 until 1865 when his parents moved to Providence, Rhode Island. His father, William, was a tailor and his brother, Oscar, was a collier. Colliers created the
charcoal that was used in the blast furnaces in the Northwest corner. It was one of the highest paid trades.

Stories in Stone

Among the more than 800 burials in Warren’s Old Cemetery is the story of the Wright family. Henry Wright was born in Connecticut around 1820 and served in the 13th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War, the Litchfield Regiment. He married twice. His first wife, Emely Jane Wright is buried beside him. She died 2 July 1845. She was 15 yrs. old and 3 mos. at the time of her death. Henry remarried 7 months later. Other than these monuments there is very little left to tell of these lives.

Our new bells were worth ringing

Thanks to M. LaHart & Co. on Bantam Road in Litchfield, the Warren Historical Society had beautiful bells to ring at this year’s Independence Day celebration. Reminiscent of Warren’s agricultural roots, the cowbells sported a laser-sharp image of our name and logo. We are so grateful!