Mystery
Watershed #8

Welcome to our watershed! We have included clues to nine towns within our watershed that touch the major river that flows through it. First, to figure out what state we're located in, you might want to look at Mystery Watershed Clue # 2 or Mystery Watershed Clue # 3. Both of those town descriptions give big clues that will lead you to our state.

Here is a map of our watershed to help you figure out where each town is located. The major river that runs through our watershed shares the name of one of the cities within our watershed (see clue #1). Have fun!

Clue #1

The city within this town is known as the Thread City because the American Thread Company that was once in operation here was one of the largest producers of cotton thread in the world. This town has a textile history museum where visitors can learn all about this local industry from the end of the Civil War to the end of World War II. The railroad brought raw materials to this town's textile mills. Finished thread and cloth were sent out.

The name of the city within this town is an Algonquian Indian name, meaning "Land of the Swift Running Waters." The major river that runs through all of the towns in our watershed is also called this name.

Clue #2

This is the university mascot for the very popular basketball team from this town. This town is also known for its Blue Ribbon school system. There is a major dam in this town that was built by the Army Corps of Engineers. The damming of the Natchaug River created a 500-acre lake that is used for public water supply.

Clue #3

This town was the birthplace of a famous Revolutionary War hero who said, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country," just before he was hung by the British. This historical site and the Caprilands Herb Farm are popular tourist destinations in this town.

Clue #4

This town is nationally known for a restaurant that makes the unique Red Potato Pizza. The pizza was received national recognition when it was voted the country's "Most Exotic Pizza" in 1994 and was featured on "CBS This Morning." Our class enjoys eating here often! The town was originally named Wellington for Wellington, England. Its name today (and the restaurant that shares its name) is not much different!

Clue #5

This oak leaf symbolizes the tie this town has to our state's famous Charter Oak Tree. A few years ago, for safety reasons, this town had to cut down a tree on the town green that was originally a sapling from the Charter Oak (where our state's charter was once hidden). This town also houses the birthplace of Dartmouth College, which began as a school for the religious instruction of Native Americans.

Clue #6

Shenipsic Lake drains into the major river in our watershed. Since it is a public water supply, there is no dumping of chemicals allowed and no swimming or boats. People like to fish here. During the mid and late nineteenth century, many immigrants from Switzerland settled on the farms here. There is still a large concentration of Swiss who live in this town.

Clue #7

There is a well-known speedway for race cars and monster trucks in this town. There are also many mills located in this town, and, today, some of the world's most famous woolen cloth is still woven here. This town also manufactures circuit boards. The mineral waters in this town were prized by Native Americans, colonists, residents, and visitors that included two U.S. presidents. The springs helped the town to become a popular health resort in the 19th century.

Clue #8

The southern most town of this watershed is rich in colonial history. George Washington's horse was stabled at Trumbull's barn while the general himself attended to business at the War Office overlooking the expansive town green. During the growing trouble with England, supplies for the residents of Boston were brought to the green from other New England colonies for shipment north on the Boston Post Road. Boston depended on these supplies because Parliament had closed the city's port as punishment for the Tea Party. Throughout the war which followed, our state provided 75% of the supplies the army needed, earning us the nickname, the Provision State. The green in this town's center also served as a temporary camp for Rochambeau's troops when they arrived from France.

Clue #9

This is a jail built by some of our students to symbolize the 1856 Old County Jail on the town green in the town where we live (and where our school is located). There are several other historical buildings located on the green, including the 1720 Daniel Benton Homestead, the oldest house still remaining in our town. The homestead, along with the jail and the 1880's Hicks-Stearns home, are museums where people can experience life in our town as it was in the 1700's.

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