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    How well do you know your hometown's history? Try taking this quiz. Don't worry, this is a fun one. The answers are drawn from material which appeared in the 175 original Hometown History articles since the column was inaugurated in February of 1995.

    Simply click each of your answers to see if you are correct.

    1) Shelton was originally a part of ________, a town which was first settled in ____.
        a) Stratford, 1717
        b) Milford, 1698
        c) Stratford, 1639
        d) Milford, 1717

    2) European settlement began in Shelton around 1700. Which area was the first to be settled?
        a) Long Hill
        b) Huntington Center
        c) downtown Shelton
        d) Oronquage Plain.

    3) Shelton's oldest church building is
        a) Huntington Congregational
        b) Shelton Congregational
        c) St. Paul's Episcopal
        d) White Hills Baptist Church.

    4) Shelton's oldest remaining cemetery is
        a) Behind St. Paul's
        b) Next to White Hills Baptist
        c) Lower White Hills on Maple Avenue
        d) Long Hill Burial Ground.

    5) Shelton's most famous Revolutionary War Hero is
        a) Gen. David Humphreys
        b) Gen. David Wooster
        c) Commodore Isaac Hull
        d) Gen. Benedict Arnold

    6) Commodore Isaac Hull, who spent his childhood at Huntington Landing, was the famous commander of the USS ________, better known as "Old Ironsides".
        a) Constellation
        b) Missouri
        c) Enterprise
        d) Constitution

    7) Huntington Landing is disappeared. It was located on
        a) Riverview Park
        b) near Indian Well
        c) on Riverdale Avenue
        d) near Huntington Center

    8) Shelton's Civil War Monument is located
        a) On Huntington Green
        b) On Derby Green
        c) On Riverview Park
        d) In front of City Hall

    9) During its initial development in the 1870s, the downtown was called
        a) West Birmingham
        b) Shelton
        c) Ousatonia
        d) All of the above

    10) The most pivotal event in 1870 was
        a) Building a new covered bridge over the river
        b) Building the Ousatonic Dam and canal
        c) The elimination of the toll booths on the Huntington (Rte. 108) and Wells Hollow (Bridgeport Ave.) Turnpikes
        d) The catching of a 145 lb. sturgeon in the Housatonic
        e) All of the Above

    11) Pine Rock Park was originally conceived as
        a) a balloon launching site
        b) a tuberculosis clinic
        c) a nature preserve
        d) an amusement park

    12) White Hills' Lincoln Spruce, is so named because
        a) it was planted the day President Lincoln was inaugurated
        b) it was planted the day President Lincoln was assassinated
        c) a family named Lincoln lived nearby
        d) it was planted on Lincoln Day

    13) Shelton is named after
        a) Daniel Shelton
        b) Sheltonshire, England
        c) Dr. Gould Shelton
        d) Edward N. Shelton

    14) Clarence Chamberlin was buried at Lawn Cemetery in 1976. He is best known as
        a) the first person to fly across the Atlantic with a passenger
        b) author of the best selling novel "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"
        c) A long-time missionary to China
        d) One of the organizers of the Smithsonian Institution

    15) 1975 is best known for
        a) The firebombing of Sponge Rubber Plant 4
        b) The Shelton Teachers' Strike
        c) The opening of the new Route 8 expressway
        d) The dedication of the new Shelton High School
        e) A helicopter crash in Huntington
        f) All of the Above

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