Quaker Hill, Connecticut

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Quaker Hill is a village or neighborhood in the town of Waterford, in the southeastern part of Connecticut, USA.

It is located in the northeast corner of the town, on the west bank of the Thames River (around Smith Cove) north of New London,[1][2] and centered on the intersection of the Old Norwich Road and the Old Colchester Road.

Modern-day Quaker Hill is primarily residential.[citation needed]

The village center is included in the Quaker Hill Historic District, a historic district that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic district is the area around Old Norwich Road, extending as far south as the village of Thames View and as far north as Route 32.

View of Quaker Hill to the left after the bridge

Quaker Hill is the place name used for ZIP code 06375, which extends beyond Quaker Hill to encompass the entire northeastern portion of the town of Waterford, including Bartlett, Best View, Cohanzie, Harrisons and Thames View.

History[edit]

In 1645, the area was meadows used as hayfields.[citation needed]

The area became known as Quaker Hill by 1687 due to its association with the Rogerenes or Rogerene Quakers, a religious sect founded by a local farmer, John Rogers (1648–1721) at the house near Benham Avenue.[3]

The first house was built around 1740 by Benjamin Greene at Scotch Cap. The Robertson and Bingham paper mill, established in 1851, is said to be the first manufacturer of real tissue manila in the United States.[4]

Quaker Hill was included in the city of New London until 1801 when Waterford became a separate town.[citation needed]

Education[edit]

Quaker Hill School[edit]

Waterford Public Schools operates one elementary school in Quaker Hill.[5] The original Quaker Hill School was built in 1915, replacing two one- room district structures and was opened in 1917, and demolished on February 23, 2007, to make way for construction of a new Quaker Hill Elementary School that was scheduled to open in August 2008. This school is now located on 285 Bloomingdale Road, Quaker Hill CT.[6]

Waterford Country School[edit]

Wateford Country School is a private nonprofit human services agency in Quaker Hill that offers a variety of special educational, residential treatment, and care services for children ages 10–18 from throughout eastern Connecticut. It was established in 1922 and moved to its current 350-acre (1.4 km2) site in Quaker Hill in 1929.[7]

Famous Residents[edit]

• John Rogers- Had built the Quaker Hill house • Willibald Hoffman- Designed the first flight data recorder known as "black box." He had also built models used in designing the 1947 rocket- powered X-1 • William Hoffman- Designed and operated systems of sensitive measuring instruments for wind tunnel pretesting jets from the B-72 to the 707 through the 767 • John R. Bolles- Established the Groton naval facility which then became the largest submarine base in the world • Richard Ladley- Delivered bakery products and was also known as the candlestick maker

  • ADMIRAL EUGENE WILKINSON, Captain of the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear submarine, lived in Quaker Hill during the 1950s

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Map of Connecticut
  2. ^ "GNIS". 
  3. ^ Benjamin Tinkham Marshall (1922), A modern history of New London County, Connecticut, Volume 1, page 285
  4. ^ Connecticut State Register and Manual, 1932 and 1934.
  5. ^ Quaker Hill Elementary School website
  6. ^ Jennifer Grogan, Waterford Breaks Ground For New School, The Day, October 27, 2006
  7. ^ Frequently Asked Questions, Waterford Country School website, accessed September 27, 2009

Coordinates: 41°24′12″N 72°06′21″W / 41.40333°N 72.10583°W / 41.40333; -72.10583 (GNIS location of Quaker Hill)