Baltic, Connecticut

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Baltic Historic District
Former Baltic Mill Warehouse
Baltic, Connecticut is located in Connecticut
Baltic, Connecticut
Location Roughly bounded by Fifth Ave., River St., High St., Main St., W. Main St., and the Shetucket River, Sprague, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°37′2″N 72°5′6″W / 41.61722°N 72.08500°W / 41.61722; -72.08500Coordinates: 41°37′2″N 72°5′6″W / 41.61722°N 72.08500°W / 41.61722; -72.08500
Area 122 acres (49 ha)
Architectural style Greek Revival, Late Victorian, Queen Anne
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 87001247[1]
Added to NRHP August 3, 1987

Baltic is the town center village of the town of Sprague, Connecticut,[2] and a census-designated place (CDP). The population of the CDP was 1,250 as of the 2010 census.[3] The Sprague town hall is in Baltic. The Baltic Historic District is a historic district that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987, encompassing virtually the entire extent of the village.[4]

History[edit]

Baltic was formed around a cotton mill established on the Shetucket River on land purchased in 1856 by former Rhode Island Governor and U.S. Senator William Sprague.[5] The A. & W. Sprague Manufacturing Co. mill burned down in 1887. Subsequently, Frederick Sayles of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, purchased the site and built the Baltic Mills Co. cotton mill, which opened in 1899. The company operated until 1963, when the mill was sold to a syndicate from New York. The mill continued operating until 1967, when it was closed and the property and equipment were sold. In 1970 the property was sold to the Casper Division of Bevis Industries, which used it for a mail order operation.[6]

The historic district includes 208 contributing buildings and two other contributing structures over a 122-acre (49 ha) area.

In August 1999, the remains of the mill were destroyed by fire. There was only one building that survived although it was also critically damaged . It was soon after discovered that campus was set ablaze by three local boys. It lies empty and abandoned today.[7]

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2010 census the Baltic CDP had a population of 1,250. The racial composition of Baltic was 81.0% white, 3.7% black or African American, 1.6% Native American, 2.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.4% from some other race and 5.7% from two or more races. 8.7% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.[8]

Events[edit]

Baltic is the site of a monthly Sprague River Run on the Shetucket River from April to October, which includes tubing and activities for children and adults.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Baltic, Connecticut
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Baltic CDP, Connecticut". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ Matthew Roth, Bruce Clouette, Robert Griffith (November 1986). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Baltic Historic District". National Park Service. 
  5. ^ Sprague, State of Connecticut historic marker (1974)
  6. ^ Dennis Delaney, Town of Sprague Municipal Historian, 2005, A Little History: Baltic, Connecticut, Town of Sprague website, accessed October 26, 2009
  7. ^ http://articles.courant.com/1999-08-13/news/9908130202_1_fire-departments-fire-scene-local-fire
  8. ^ 2010 population by race and Hispanic or Latino by place chart for Connecticut from the US Census
  9. ^ Sprague 2009 Volunteer Opportunities