Compiled by Meghan Clark
Picture a world without supermarkets on every corner
and without superhighways. Most early Connecticut families had
to rely on farming for their livelihood and their survival. They
lived in small, sparsely populated towns all over the state. In
fact, most towns in Connecticut were once rural farming towns.
Rural life was centered around harvesting crops and working with
neighbors to build and improve their communities. This way of
life continued from the formation of Connecticut as one of the
first colonies until the nineteenth century, when rural Connecticut
first began to feel the effects of industrialization.