The Lafayette blast furnace, established in Hydeville in 1799 to process bog iron, is reputed to have been the first iron furnace in the state to cast stoves.It operated until 1840, when the local ore supply had been used up.
In the 1890s, Hydeville was described as "consisting of a few houses about a woolen mill" with a population of about 130. Several of the houses in the village were tenement buildings containing several individual dwelling units.
- Smith, H. E. (1895). "Report of Typhoid Fever in Stafford". Seventeenth Annual Report of the State Board of Health of the State of Connecticut. pp. 232–238.
- Charles Rufus Harte (1944), Connecticut's Iron and Copper, Part I, from the 60th Annual Report of the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers, 1944
- "Wilson Woodworks". Retrieved March 6, 2013.