Columbia

Columbia, Connecticut is an offspring of the town of Lebanon. The area that is today’s Columbia was originally called Lebanon Crank. The population in this area grew enough to support a 1716 petition to create a second ecclesiastical society so that inhabitants could attend church more readily. In 1804 a petition was granted to create a separate town called Columbia bounded by Lebanon, Coventry, Windham, Hebron and Andover.

Notable residents include:
Eleazar Wheelock 1711 – 1779
One of New England’s most famous pastors. He served as pastor in Columbia for 35 years. He started a school for local Indian students , and over time determined to enlarge it and create a college for all students. Searching for a new location, Wheelock went on to found Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
Fannie Dixon Welch 1873 -1947
Active politically and a champion of Women’s rights. Fannie held numerous local and state posts including Collector of Ports in Connecticut; Trial Justice in Tolland County; Selective Service Board; National Recovery Commission. Her home “Noxid” on Columbia Lake hosted parties attended by Presidents Roosevelt and Wilson, senators, governors, etc.
June Norcross Webster 1885 – 1964
Norcross Greeting Cards
Saxton B. Little 1813 – 1907
Benefactor of the Saxton B. Little Free Library

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  1. pat says:

    I apologize for the very slow response. I will pass this on to those I think may help and see what can be found.

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