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Dave Pelland on February 18th, 2013

Derby honors the location of two Native American forts with inscribed boulders. The site of the “New Fort” is marked on the southwest side of Roosevelt Drive (Route 34,) near the section with Lakeview Terrace and across the street from the Osbornedale State Park garage. An inscription on the boulder’s northeast face reads, “The new […]

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Dave Pelland on December 27th, 2010

Derby honors World War II veterans from its East Derby section with a monument at the corner of Main Street (Route 34) and Derby Avenue (Route 115). The undated monument and flagpole base, alongside the Naugatuck River and Route 8, features an engraved eagle and dedication on its front (western) face reading, “Dedicated to the […]

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Dave Pelland on April 2nd, 2010

A monument dedicated in 1904 marks the first green in the city of Derby. Founders Common, as the green is known, is flanked by Academy Hill Road and Clark Avenue in East Derby. The granite monument’s front (north) face bears a dedication reading “Ye ancient common of the founders of Derby, 1654-1904. Erected by Daughters […]

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Dave Pelland on January 13th, 2010

Memorial plaques honoring Farrel Corp. employees who served in the World Wars were spared when the company’s Derby factories were demolished in 2000. The plaques now stand as part of a Main Street monument (near the corner of Water Street) built when the former Farrel site was replaced by a Home Depot. The western plaque […]

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Dave Pelland on February 23rd, 2009

Derby’s Civil War monument, on the Elizabeth Street side of the town green, honors soldiers from Derby and Huntington (a predecessor of today’s city of Shelton) who served and died in the war.  The Derby monument has two dedication dates. The base was dedicated in 1877. Six years later, after additional funds were raised, the […]

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