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Pre-Colonial Period

The area in and around Moodus and East Haddam was originally inhabited by the Mohegans, Nehantics, and Wangunks prior to British colonization. The land now known as Haddam and East Haddam was jointly purchased in 1662 from the locals for thirty coats - about $100. The naming of the village of Moodus honored the locals who had once lived there, who called the place "Machimoodus", meaning the place of the low noises. A fault line runs through the village and tremors occur there on occasion. 

Moodus Industry

Agriculture has long played an important role in the culture and industry of East Haddam, but the early 19th century saw the rise of great mill industries in the Village of Moodus. The Moodus River, a tributary of the mighty Connecticut, served as the hub for these mills, with 12 of the 15 located along it. Today, most of the original mills are gone but visitors who hike along the river can still find relics of the past: Bits of rusted equipment, foundations, and more are all along the abandoned shores.

Revolution and War

Discussion about the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and the industrial period. 

Rise of the Resorts

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Visit the
East Haddam Historical Society
to learn more about the history and culture of this New England town.