Manchester was first settled by colonists around 1673. The City of Hartford originally included the land now occupied by Manchester, East Hartford and West Hartford. Manchester was incorporated in 1823 and named after Manchester, England. The Pitkin Glassworks operated from 1783 to 1830 as the first successful glassworks in Connecticut. In 1838, the Cheney Family started what became the world’s largest silk mill, powered by the Hockanum River. An early Industrial town, Manchester produced a wide variety of items, including: paper, repeating rifles, glass, grandfather clocks, soap, farm tools and carriages.
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