Vermilyea to lead DAR program
The Roger Sherman Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, which serves the Greater New Milford area, will present a talk and book signing with Peter Vermilyea Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Vermilyea, the author of “Wicked Litchfield Couunty,” will talk about and sign copies of his book at the New Milford Historical Society at 6 Aspetuck Ave.
Thieves, rumrunners and rapscallions color the unsavory side of Litchfield County history.
Townspeople accused women of witchcraft simply for not bearing enough children in the early days of the region; during the 18th and 19th centuries, Owen Sullivan and William Stuart took advantage of the county’s isolated stretches and a currency shortage to build counterfeiting empires; in 1780, Barnett Davenport’s brutal actions earned him infamy as the nation’s first mass murderer; and small-time speakeasies slowly took hold, and the omnipresence of alcohol-fueled crime led to the birth of the nationwide prohibition movement.
Vermilyea will discuss those stories and more at the program.
He teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School in Falls Village and at Western Connecticut State University.
For more information, call 860-354-5129.