EXPLORE HARTFORD

The town of Hartford is nestled among the rolling hills at the heart of Washington County, and is home to decades of history dating back to the French and Indian War. This includes multiple buildings on the National Register of Historic Places including the Elisha Straight House and Hartford Baptist Church & Cemetery.

Outside of the endless history, Hartford is also home to numerous dairy farmers, one of the bustling niches within the county. Spend the day learning about Washington County’s impact on the region’s history and take home some samples of locally made products!

The History of Hartford, NY

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1700s

Many of the early settlers of Hartford came from parts of New England. The town itself was originally part of the Provincial Patent (26,000 acres), which also included the present towns of Putnam, Fort Ann, Dresden, and a portion of Kingsbury. The town of Hartford was set off from the larger group in 1793.

1800s

Hartford is home to two locations on the National Register of Historic Places: the Elisha Straight House—a 19th century home used as a local recruitment center for the Union Army—and the Hartford Baptist Church & Cemetery, a Victorian Gothic-style church and an adjoining cemetery with almost two centuries of graves, including those of early Hartford settlers and some Revolutionary War veterans.

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1800s

Hartford is home to two locations on the National Register of Historic Places: the Elisha Straight House—a 19th century home used as a local recruitment center for the Union Army—and the Hartford Baptist Church & Cemetery, a Victorian Gothic-style church and an adjoining cemetery with almost two centuries of graves, including those of early Hartford settlers and some Revolutionary War veterans.

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Today

Today, the Elisha Straight House is home to Hartford Museum, which chronicles the history of the town and surrounding area during the 19th century. In addition, you can visit the Howard Hanna Memorial Civil War Enlistment Center, the last remaining Civil War enlistment center in New York State.

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How to Get to Hartford

Hartford is located among the beautiful rolling hills in the center of Washington County, New York.

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