Local Oil & Propane Services Near Waterford, Connecticut
Waterford got its name for its proximity to being in between the Niantic and Thames rivers. One of the first europeans who set sail for this area was John Winthrop, Jr., son of the Massachusetts Bay Colony governor. His mission was to thwart Dutch trade encroachment in the Connecticut valley. The year was 1637. Residents of Waterford resided in wigwams until set up plots for 38 houses near the Great Neck area. John Winthrop was given several hundred acres of land, including Millstone Point and Alewife Cove. Various dams, mills, and ponds were constructed in these area. The only expansion of people in the Waterford-New London area were the growth of families and children. Later on, more people immigrated to Waterford, including the Welsh, Italian, Russian, Irish, and Scottish.
Graniteville, a district in Waterford, is named after the granite industry that was a large part of the region’s economy. Waterford’s granite was used in many construction projects such as roads, the foundation for Fort Sumter, and the Statue of Liberty.
Waterford was part of New London until October 8, 1801. Several farmers representing the dominant commercial interests in the area decided to hold a petition to separate them. Waterford in the 19th century was a huge agricultural town, having mostly sheep farms. The first town meeting was held in November, 1801 to appoint town officials; tax collectors, town surveyors, Fence Viewers, and First Selectman. Only the first selectman got paid at the time. During the 20th century, sheep farms were replaced by dairy farms. Between 1920 and 1960, there were about 100 dairy farms in Waterford. In addition, there were 10 to 100 heads of cattle.
After World War II, Waterford boomed with development. Many new roads and building were made. Also, Waterford’s population increased by 10,000 between 1946 and the present time. In 1957, the first stop light was added in Waterford. In addition, the first retail center was built in 1978.
In an area renowned for its beautiful beaches, Harkness Memorial Park is a beautifully landscaped recreation area along the shoreline. With magnificent views of Long Island Sound, the site offers visitors over 230 acres of lawns and gardens to wander at their leisure. The focal point of the park is Eolia, a 42-room mansion named for the island home of Aeolus, keeper of the winds in Greek mythology.
Builders completed Eolia in 1906. A year later, Edward and Mary Harkness purchased the property for use as a summer residence. The Harkness family acquired their fortune through substantial investments in John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Company, and like many of the wealthier class during this period, they felt the need to summer in the countryside, away from the major cities where they made their living.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Waterford’s beaches and ocean air were acclaimed for their restorative powers. Many sanatoriums and health resorts were established to cater to people escaping congested urban areas.
Daniels Energy Serves Connecticut Shoreline Homes
Daniels Energy is proud to serve Waterford. With our Centerbrook office and Deep River fuel storage facility, whether you are local or near Waterford, we can offer our Shoreline customers responsive service and dedicated customer care. Our customers are also our neighbors.
Since 1926, the Daniels family has provided Connecticut homes and businesses with quality heating and cooling services. If you are looking to convert from oil to propane, install or repair HVAC systems, tanks, furnaces, boilers, or hot water heaters, let Daniels do it. We are Connecticut’s leader in residential heating and cooling systems. You can depend on our ethical and courteous standards of customer service to make your home comfort affordable.
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