Linda

Preston, Connecticut USA

Who are you and what do you do?
'My name is Linda Christensen. I am a retired elementary school teacher and my husband is retired from the navy. We both are involved with the Preston Historical Society and I have been digitising our archives for several months. I am working on getting my certification in genealogy.'

Why do you choose to live in Preston?
'When my husband retired from the navy, we came back to Connecticut as a neighboring town was my hometown. We chose Preston because of it's quiet, quaint, and has a historic make-up.'

What's your favourite place in Preston and why?
'I think my favorite place in Preston is currently the newly renovated Long Society Meetinghouse. It represents our colonial past and the pride in our town.'

What is Preston proud of?
'Years ago, we did a survey of the residents and many people were proud of the farming and cultural past of the town.'

Tell us something about Preston that people won't know?
'Many people are surprised to learn of the history of a section of our town named Poquetanuck. It is now a very quiet part of town except for the traffic that runs between two casinos. There were shops of all kinds at various times including shoe makers, cabinet workers, a goldsmith, a blacksmith, a grist mill, a fulling mill, and a coopers shop. In around 1800 a mill was established for the making of cloth. There was also some ship building. During the revolution a 36 gun frigate was built in the Poquetanuck River at the order of the Continental Congress.'