Town Historian

  1. Town Historian's Report to the Town Manager - January 2023

    This memo is an introduction from Bob Herron, Town Historian, to the Town Manager. It describes the role and activities of the historian. Read on...
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About the Town Historian

The Rocky Hill Town Historian is a position appointed by the Town Council. Robert Herron, the current Town Historian, was appointed to the position on January 17, 2017. Mr. Herron has extensive experience in historical research and writing as well as a strong knowledge of Rocky Hill history.

The Town Historian is responsible for acquiring, preparing, recording and reporting facts about historically significant Rocky Hill-related events and people. The Historian also collaborates with the Rocky Hill Historical Society on the discovery, cataloging, and preservation of documents, artifacts, photographs, and recorded video and audio records. The Town Historian reports to the Town Council as required on history-related issues.

About Rocky Hill

Rocky Hill, in Hartford County, is located in central Connecticut, lying west of the Connecticut River. Originally land of the Wangunks (a tribe of Native Americans), Europeans began to settle the area in 1650. Formerly Stepney Parish, the town was incorporated from Wethersfield in May of 1843 and named for the trap rock ridge that rises in the northeast. 

Rocky Hill's location on the Connecticut River made it a natural port for Wethersfield and an early center for shipbuilding, agricultural, and trade. The Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry, started in 1655, is one of the country's oldest continuously operating ferries.

Additional Items

We are compiling a database of historical events that affected or occurred in Rocky Hill that can be used for future development of this page and other documents. If you uncover events that you believe should be added, please use our Submit New Information Form to request that an event be added to our database.

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