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Cromwell ( CRAHM-wel) is a town in Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States, located within the Lower Connecticut River Valley Planning Region. The population was 14,225 at the 2020 census. History The land where Cromwell is now located, was once named for the Mattabesset, a region and settlement that was once home to Eastern Algonquian language-speaking Native Americans. This may have included the Tunxis, Quinnipiac, Wangunk, and the Wappinger. In 1651, the Mattabesset settlement was incorporated as a town by English settlers. By 1653, the colonists had renamed the settlement Middletown. The area now known as Cromwell was referred to by many names before separating from Middletown. It was commonly referred to as the Upper Houses or Upper Middletown. Upper Middletown is surrounded by natural barriers; such as, the Connecticut River, Mattabesset River and by ridgelines in the North and West. By 1715, the Upper Houses had 50 households, their own school, church and cemetery. Before the creation of the new cemetery in January 1713, burials took place in Middletown. The earliest burial is that of Martha Gipson, who had died in February of that year. As Middletown began to emerge as one of the busiest ports in New England, the Upper Houses also boasted its own expansion of maritime industries. As industry expanded within the Upper Houses a merchant class grew with it. Some of the village's wealthier families owned slaves. Middletown was then incorporated as a city in 1784. In the 19th century, the War of 1812 limited maritime trade creating a decline in the Upper Houses. Some continued to pursue maritime industry, the village generally reverted back to its agricultural beginnings. By the mid century, the area was revitalized by the founding of several new industries. John and Elisha Stevens formed the J & E Stevens Company in 1843. The company had intended to manufacture cast-iron hardware, hammers and a few iron toys. The brothers later shifted their business plan after much success with their iron toys. J & E Stevens Company would grow to become the largest manufacturer of cast-iron toys in the county. Today, toys produced by this company are a valuable collectible item. In the early 1870s, Andrew N. Pierson emigrated from Sweden and established A.N. Pierson’s Inc. The company started as a small floral nursery, and later evolved into the largest commercial rose growing enterprise in the country. These new industries and labor opportunities created further opportunities for those immigrating to the area. Irish, German and Italian immigrants found housing along the river on lower Main Street, in areas that were more prone to flooding. With the expansion of the Upper Houses, and the geographical barriers around the town it became increasingly difficult to maintain connection with the larger city of Middletown. Initially, the Upper Houses was able to meet the needs of its residents with the creation of its own school and church, but by the mid-19th century, a stronger movement to become independent of Middletown had developed. In 1851, the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut recognized Cromwell as a new town with a population of 1,259. The exact origin of the town's name is debated, but many acknowledge that it was named for either the 17th-century English leader Oliver Cromwell, or for the privateer Oliver Cromwell. Despite the continuing presence of industry, Cromwell maintained its rural character until the mid-20th century. Post-World War II the town began to change significantly, including growth in population. With the expansion of the highway system in Connecticut during the 1970s, Cromwell became an intersecting point for three major highway systems. The highway system created further retail and population development. By 1980 the population had grown to 10,265, which is over three times the size of 40 years earlier. Points of interest Community and Green Spaces: River Highlands State Park Cromwell Meadow Wildlife Management Area Cromwell Landings Pierson Park - named for Andrew N. Pierson, the Rose King of America and founder of A.N. Pierson, Inc. Riverport Park at Frisbee Landing Watrous Park Patriot's Corner - Main Street and Wall Streets Memorial Town Green - Main Street and West Street Valour Memorial Green - Main Street and Fritsch Lane Gold Star Green - West Street, across from St. John Church On the National Register of Historic Places: Main Street Historic District – roughly bounded by Nooks Hill Rd., Prospect Hill Rd., Wall and West Sts. and New Ln., and Stevens Ln. and Main St.; since October 24, 1985 Middletown Upper Houses Historic District – on Connecticut Route 99; since July 27, 1979 Sage-Kirby House – 93 Shunpike Road; since April 29, 1982 Other Historically Significant Places: Cromwell Historical Society - Located within the historic home of John Stevens, built in 1853 Cromwell Belden Public Library’s Elizabeth Maselli Room The Old Burial Ground - Timber Hill Road and Ranney Road Hillside Cemetery, East and West - Hillside Road and Shelley Street Former Home of Emily Pierson: Listed on the National Votes for Women Trail - Main Street, across from Valour Memorial Green Private Industries and Businesses: TPC River Highlands – location of the Travelers Championship, PGA Tour event Long-time home of hardware manufacturing company Horton Brasses, Inc. Geography According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.9 square miles (33 km2), of which, 12.4 square miles (32 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (4.03%) is water. The riverfront of the area often experiences freshet during the changing of the seasons. While minor flooding has occurred since Colonial times, occasionally more serious flooding occurs; such as the historic flood of March 1936, the 1955, Hurricanes Connie and Diane, and the most recent serious flood in 1984. A major north–south highway, Interstate 91, with two Cromwell exits, runs through the Town. The Central Connecticut Expressway (Route 9), opened at the end of 1989, enhances the Town's location as it connects I-95 in Old Saybrook, I-91 in Cromwell and I-84, the State's major east–west highway in New Britain. Demographics At the 2010 census there were 14,005 people, 5,212 households, and 3,262 families in the town. The population density was 1,038.5 inhabitants per square mile (401.0/km2). There were 5,365 housing units at an average density of 432.9 per square mile (167.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.08% White, 3.13% African American, 0.05% Native American, 1.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.19%. Of the 5,212 households 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.0% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 30.3% of households were one person and 11.4% w.... Discover the Jenn Mckinlay popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Jenn Mckinlay books.

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  • Sugar Plum Poisoned synopsis, comments

    Sugar Plum Poisoned

    Jenn McKinlay

    It’s Christmastime, and this holiday season, things are heating up for the bakers at Fairy Tale Cupcakes, in the newest Cupcake Bakery Mystery from New York Times bestselling autho...

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    Four Leaf Cleaver

    Maddie Day

    The eleventh installment in Maddie Day’s deliciously popular Country Store cozy mysteries . . . It’s Saint Patrick’s Day in  South Lick, Indiana, but a holiday cooking co...

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    A Few Drops of Bitters

    G. A. McKevett

    Plussized PI Savannah Reid and her Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency tackle another case of murder in the longrunning, critically acclaimed series from G. A. McKevett.   Bet...

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    Bound By Murder

    Laura Gail Black

    For fans of Ellery Adams and Paige Shelton, the wedding can’t go on when the bride is found murderedbut can love still win the day in this third installment of Laura Gail Black’s c...

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    Death By Beach Read

    Eva Gates

    Librarian Lucy’s new historic house comes with a lot of baggage and family secrets. Can she put them to rest or will a killer bring Lucy’s family to their downfall, in the 9th Ligh...

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    Dewey Decimated

    Allison Brook

    Librarian Carrie Singleton is back on the case, alongside library ghost Evelyn, in the sixth installment of Agatha Award nominee Allison Brook’s Haunted Library mysteries.Carrie Si...

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    Buttercream Bump Off

    Jenn McKinlay

    Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura's Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery is gearing up for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately someone has iced Baxter Malloy on his first date with Mel's mother. N...

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    Renewed for Murder

    Victoria Gilbert

    Librarian Amy Webber dances with death in critically acclaimed author Victoria Gilbert's sixth Blue Ridge Library mystery.August in Taylorsford, Virginia finds library director Amy...

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    Murder in the Storybook Cottage

    Ellery Adams

    Storyton Hall, Virginia, is a top travel destination for book lovers and the perfect spot for literary events. But as a children’s book publisher hosts a gathering there, some folk...

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    Reserved for Murder

    Victoria Gilbert

    More bloodshed at a bibliophiles' bedandbreakfast as Victoria Gilbert's delightful series continues.Meeting your favorite author in the flesh can be the chance of a lifetime. But f...

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    Word to the Wise

    Jenn McKinlay

    It's noholdsbarred murder, in the latest pageturning Library Lover's Mystery from the New York Times bestselling author of Hitting the Books.Lindsey Norris is finally getting marri...

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    Crime for the Books

    Kate Young

    The Jane Doe Book Club is hot on the trail of another reallife whodunit in Kate Young’s third peachperfect mystery, for fans of Ellery Adams.Lyla Moody and her book club, the Jane ...

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    Books Can Be Deceiving

    Jenn McKinlay

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Cupcake Bakery Mysteries comes the start of a series about a library where the mysteries refuse to stay in the fiction section...L...

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    Murder Uncorked

    Maddie Day

    Raise a glass to Cece Barton, a widowed single mom and recent L.A. transplant to California wine country, who suddenly finds herself at the center of a murder investigation in this...

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    Batter Off Dead

    Maddie Day

    In South Lick, Indiana, fine foods and classic cookware can be found at Robbie Jordan’s Pans ’N Pancakes. Unfortunately, her country store also seems to stock up on murder . . . &#...

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    About a Dog

    Jenn McKinlay

    Fall in love with a little help from man’s best friend in New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay’s contemporary romance debut.Mackenzie “Mac” Harris fled her hometown of B...

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    Love at First Book

    Jenn McKinlay

    When a librarian moves to a quaint Irish village where her favorite novelist lives, the last thing she expects is to fall for the author’s prickly son… until their story becomes on...

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    Paris Is Always a Good Idea

    Jenn McKinlay

    One of Popsugar’s Best New Books for Summer 2020A thirtyyearold woman retraces her gap year through Ireland, France, and Italy to find loveand herselfin this hilarious and heartfel...

  • Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library synopsis, comments

    Long Overdue at the Lakeside Library

    Holly Danvers

    An icy cold murder and a library patron collide in Holly Danver’s second Lakeside Library Mystery.A glowing wood stove, a cozy log cabin, and shelves full of books are all Rain Wil...

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    A Killing in Costumes

    Zac Bissonnette

    Stardom fades fast when you’re on the line for murder, in this debut cozy mystery perfect for fans of Richard Osman and Jenn McKinlay.Jay Allan and Cindy Cooper were soap opera sta...

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    A Deadly Chapter

    Essie Lang

    Thousand Islands bookseller Shelby Cox is caught between a lethal rock and a hardheaded newcomer in Essie Lang's third Castle Bookshop mystery, a mustread for fans of Lorna Barret...

  • Murder at the Lakeside Library synopsis, comments

    Murder at the Lakeside Library

    Holly Danvers

    A bookish cozy mystery series debut full of “rekindled friendships, family secrets, a twisty mystery, and a hint of romance” (Victoria Gilbert, author of the Blue Ridge Library mys...

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    Deep Fried Death

    Maddie Day

    The latest installment in Maddie Day’s deliciously popular Country Store cozy mysteries is sure to appeal to fans of Jenn McKinlay, Ellery Adams, Leslies Meier, and Joanne Fluke. M...

  • The Christmas Keeper synopsis, comments

    The Christmas Keeper

    Jenn McKinlay

    True love and holiday cheer combine for an unforgettable romance in this second Happily Ever After novel featuring a North Carolina bookstore from the New York Times best...

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    Summer Reading

    Jenn McKinlay

    When a woman who’d rather do anything than read meets a swoonworthy bookworm, sparks fly, making for one hotsummer fling in New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay's new ro...

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    Fondant Fumble

    Jenn McKinlay

    The Fairy Tale Cupcakes crew helps two professional football players in knead when the athletes are suspected of murder and their dream of opening a bakery is crushed, from New Yor...

  • Book, Line, and Sinker synopsis, comments

    Book, Line, and Sinker

    Jenn McKinlay

    THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING LIBRARY LOVER'S MYSTERY FROM THE AUTHOR OF DUE OR DIE“Avast” in pirate speak means what?Answering tricky reference questions like this one provides p...

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    Killer Librarian

    Mary Lou Kirwin

    FILE “M” FOR MURDER. . . . Champion of the mystery section at a smalltown Minnesota library, Karen Nash is about to embark on a dream trip to Londona literary tour inspired by ever...

  • Due or Die synopsis, comments

    Due or Die

    Jenn McKinlay

    Library director Lindsey Norris must solve a murder in her cozy Connecticut hometown before anyone else is checked out for good in this Library Lover’s mystery.Carrie Rushton, the ...

  • Death in the Margins synopsis, comments

    Death in the Margins

    Victoria Gilbert

    The theater is no place for murderbut a case of backstage betrayal drags library director Amy Webber into a case that could mean curtains in critically acclaimed author Victoria Gi...

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    Buried to the Brim

    Jenn McKinlay

    New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay's beloved Hat Shop duo Scarlett Parker and Vivian Tremont return to don their sleuthing caps and solve a murder that's death in...