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Stratford, Connecticut Vital Records
Births, Deaths, & Marriages 
1639 - 1854
(Records extracted from the Barbour Collection.)

Order item B160
The book is 155 pages, not indexed, names listed alphabetically, soft cover with a plastic comb binding, and available for $24.98 + $3.99 shipping & handling charge (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional volume ordered).

History of Stratford

    Originally a Pequannock Indian tract, Stratford has come to be associated with the English town of the same name and with the playwright William Shakespeare. It is the home of the American Shakespeare Festival Theater and Academy. Each summer the theater presents a program of Shakespeare's plays. Many consider the brilliant staging and insight of the performances to be unmatched anywhere else in the United States. Founded in 1955, the theater attracts a large summer audience. It is modeled after the old Globe Theatre in London. From fall through spring, ballet, symphony, popular music, opera, and Broadway performances are given. The academy, open all year, is a school for actors.

    The city is located in Fairfield County at the point where the Housatonic River enters Long Island Sound. The David Judson House, built about 1723, features period furnishings and crafts. Exhibits at the Catharine B. Mitchell Museum depict local history of 1639 to 1830. Boothe Memorial Park preserves several notable buildings, some dating back to the town's founding. The Dr. William S. Johnson House, home of a signer of the United States Constitution, was built in 1779.

    A suburb of Bridgeport, 3 miles (5 kilometers) away, Stratford is a busy industrial town. Manufactures include helicopters, aircraft engines, machine tools, precision instruments, brake linings, roofing, and plastics. Commercial quantities of oysters are taken from Long Island Sound. Nearby truck farms send produce to New York City markets.

    The first European settlers arrived in 1639 and named the settlement after either Stratford-upon-Avon or Stratford-le-Bow, in England. In its early days Stratford was noted for its oyster beds and fast sailing ships. Stratford has a town council-manager form of government. Population (1990 census), 49,389.

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