Calendar of Events
Confederate Agent Found Hiding in Branford
Wednesday, August 15 from 6 - 8 pm
at Blackstone Memorial Library
Author Joe Goodbody will discuss his new book
Parker Hardin French (1826-1878)
– The Notorious Scoundrel and Delightful Rogue of Antebellum & Civil War America
Join author Joe Goodbody for a presentation about one of history’s most devious conmen. A notorious scoundrel in his time, Parker Hardin French has been relegated to a minor footnote in American antebellum and Civil War history—until now. Joe brings this cunning rascal out of the shadows and into the spotlight in this well-researched historical biography. Joe’s talk will cover French’s connection to Branford. Branford Town Historian Jane Bouley assisted with this information and perspective. French was arrested in Branford in November 1861 and charged with being a Confederate agent.
About the Author: Emmet Joseph (Joe) Goodbody Jr. is a retired United States Army Colonel and Virginia resident. His great-grandfather was a victim of Parker Hardin French on the fraudster’s California-bound gold rush expedition. The adventure faltered in mismanagement and collapsed in deception, fraud, and forgery.
Tour The Harrison House Museum
The Historic Harrison House Museum at 124 Main Street, Branford is open to the public for free guided tours every Saturday from 1-4 pm, June through the end of September or by appointment, (donations are appreciated).
For more information email us at: email@example.com
The circa 1724 saltbox house and property is recorded on the National Register of Historic Places, and is maintained by the Branford Historical Society. It features period furnishings and Branford artifacts.
Also on the two acre site, is the Harrison House Barn with a display of local period tools, a colonial flower garden, and a lovely herb garden. The gardens were established and are beautifully maintained by the Branford Garden Club.
Historic House Plaques and Research Service
Book Signing with Town Historian Jane Bouley
Saturday, July 21 from 9 am - noon
Blackstone Memorial Library
Town Historian Jane Bouley will be signing copies of her fascinating and extensively researched new book, The Origin and Naming of Branford’s Streets. With extensive research using maps, town meeting records, city directories, and land records the author examines the origin and history of Branford’s roads and the relevance of the street names.
Books will be available for sale for $25.
The Life and Times of Morton F. Plant
7:00 p.m. on July 11, 2018 at the Branford High School Auditorium
Gail B. MacDonald brings to life this important figure in Connecticut history and demonstrates his long-reaching impact in her book, Morton F. Plant and the Connecticut Shoreline.