Vernon and Historic Rockville by Dr. S. Ardis Abbott and Jean A. Luddy $18.99
Photographs from the collection of the Vernon Historical Society capture the evolution of a diverse urban center from its rural beginnings. The images with text chronicle the transformation of Vernon and its three village centers from the early 19th century to the mid-20th century. Highlights include the development of community life in Rockville as it became an economic and social center for the area.
Vernon-Rockville in the Twentieth Century by Dr. S. Ardis Abbott and Jean Luddy $19.99
At the close of the 19th century, Vernon was a rural town of family farms while Rockville was a booming textile production center. A century later, Vernon had evolved into a suburban community for the Hartford area and the textile industry was long gone from Rockville. Pictures and text reveal the impact of modern inventions and social changes such as suburbanization and urban renewal.
History of Rockville from 1823 to 1871 by William T. Cogswell $10.00
In 1872, William Cogswell published his memoir of early Rockville in the Rockville Journal. Looking back fifty years to the building of the first mill, Cogswell described the growth of the village as woods gave way to mills, stores, and homes. The reprinted text of Cogswell's original history is supplemented with short biographical sketches of early Rockville citizens, maps of described areas, and definitions of manufacturing processes and of words of the times. The materials has been researched by Dr. S. Ardis Abbott, the municipal historian and Jean Luddy, librarian. Historic photos of Rockville, along with photographs of Cogswell houses, are included in the book.