Quaker Hill, Connecticut
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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, and centered on the intersection of the Old Norwich Road and the Old Colchester Road.
Modern-day Quaker Hill is primarily residential.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quaker Hill was included in the city of New London until 1801 when Waterford became a separate town.
Quaker Hill School
Waterford Public Schools operates one elementary school in Quaker Hill. 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.
Waterford Country School
Waterford 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.
- Eugene P. Wilkinson, Captain of the USS Nautilus, the world's first nuclear submarine, lived in Quaker Hill during the 1950s
Fire and EMS service
The Quaker Hill Fire Company serves the residents of Quaker hill. The Fire house (founded in 1927) located on Old Colchester Road houses an Engine, Ladder, Forestry unit, Rescue Boat, and a service truck. The Fire house also houses one of the six Waterford ambulances and is manned by the Volunteer and Paid members of the company. Quaker Hill is staffed with one paid Firefighter/EMT Monday - Thursday 8-4, Friday - Saturday 8-11, and Sunday 7-3. Quaker hill fire responds to about 700-800 calls per year for service.
- "Map of Connecticut" (PDF). ct.gov.
- Benjamin Tinkham Marshall (1922), A modern history of New London County, Connecticut, Volume 1, page 285
- Connecticut State Register and Manual, 1932 and 1934.
- Quaker Hill Elementary School website Archived August 20, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Jennifer Grogan, Waterford Breaks Ground For New School, The Day, October 27, 2006
- Frequently Asked Questions Archived February 18, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., Waterford Country School website, accessed September 27, 2009