Water Powered Industry in Woodbury

Pomperaug Village, Woodbury 1872

Water-power was an important component of life in Colonial New England. By the 19th Century, enterprising men such as Daniel Curtiss were investing in factories with the expectation that they would make a significant profit. Although the water power in Woodbury was good enough for small-scale operations, there were several impediments to really building a strong industrial base like those in nearby towns of Waterbury or Naugatuck. The size of the streams and rivers was relatively small, which was one impediment, and the railroad passed Woodbury by, which may have been an even more significant impediment.

Still, Daniel Curtiss did well enough to erect a chapel and worker’s houses in this small neighborhood,one of the best-preserved in town.

Workers at the Woolen Mill in Pomperaug Village
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