Other Superlatives

Connecticut has an amazing array of superlatives (firsts, oldests, tallests, largest, onlies, and smallests) to its credit. You’ll find these all over the site (and the state) in the museum reports and elsewhere. This page lists those that that don’t really fall into any of the other categories, for one reason or another.

Note: many of these things are tagged with the “Dubious Claims” tag, for reasons that will become apparent as you skim through them.


Site of the First Payphone in the World, Hartford
Birthplace of the Business Computer, Rowayton
Site of World’s First Condensed Milk Factory, Torrington
First state agricultural experimental station, CT Ag Experimental Station, New Haven
Site of the First Cigar Factory in the US, Suffield
Site of first Bishop Consecration in US, Woodbury


Only section of Appalachian Trail on a Tribal Reservation, Kent


Oldest bell in the New World, East Haddam
Oldest Themepark in the US, Lake Compounce, Bristol
Oldest Public Park in the US, Hartford
Oldest Free-Standing Department Store in the US, Waterbury
Oldest Cider Mill in the US, Glastonbury
Oldest Public Library in the US, Salisbury
Oldest Theological School in the US, Bethlehem
Oldest School for the Deaf in the US, ASD, West Hartford
Oldest continuous producer of hard cider in US, BF Clyde’s, Old Mystic
Oldest Collegiate Sports Rivalry in the US, Yale-Harvard Regatta, New London
Oldest Church in CT in Continuus Use/Oldest “Ladies’ Library” in US, Pomfret
Longest Continuously published Newspaper in US, Hartford
Oldest Seed Company in the US, Wethersfield


World’s Largest Colonial Building, Aetna Rogers Building, Hartford
The Largest Casino in North America, Foxwoods
World’s Largest Jack-in-the-Box, Middletown
World’s Largest Wacky Wobbler, Middletown
World’s Largest Dairy Store, Newington/Norwalk/Danbury
World’s Largest Suspended Natatorium, New Haven (Yale)
The Largest single occupancy House in the US, West Hartford


World’s Most Expensive Chocolate, Norwalk
World’s Most Powerful Tandem Van de Graaff Accelerator, New Haven (Yale)


Smallest Waterfall in the US, Newington
Smallest Indian Reservation in the US, Trumbull


Giant Goofy Things

I didn’t know where else to put these pictures. So here you are – pictures of my son(s) on/near big, giant, goofy things.


To be Visited

Please let me know of any stuff missing from this page!

Oldest Jazz Concert Series in the US, Bushnell Park Jazz Series
Longest continuous currently operating organization devoted to horseshoe pitching, Deep River (Info)
Oldest continuous agricultural fair in US, Brooklyn Fair, Brooklyn
Oldest Carillon made in US, St. James Episcopal Church, Danbury
Oldest House in CT, Henry Whitfield House, Guilford
First Elks Lodge built as an Elks Lodge, Hartford
First snow-making operation, Mohawk Mountain
First Civil War monument, Kensington
First two-sided building in the world, Hartford
Oldest saddlery in the US, Smith-Worthington Saddlery, Hartford
First FM Radio station, WDRC, Bloomfield
First town in US to be named for George Washington, Washington
Oldest Inn in Connecticut, Curtis House, Woodbury
First Railroad Tunnel in US, Lisbon
Oldest continuous Water-skiing Club, Bantam
Oldest bird sanctuary in the U.S., Birdcraft Sanctuary, Fairfield
Home of America’s First Diplomat, Silas Deane House, Wethersfield
Oldest surviving smack, Emma C. Berry, Mystic
First operational nuclear-powered submarine in world, Nautilus, Groton
Oldest Gun Club in the US, Hartford Gun Club, East Granby
Site of Oldest Mill in US, Manchester (Info)
Oldest wooden timber frame house still a private residence in US, Guilford (Info)
Oldest Fife-and-Drum Corps Muster in the world, Deep River
Oldest Chamber Music Festival, Music Mountain, Falls Village
Oldest Co-Ed Camp in the US, Ivoryton (Info)
First To Be Ordained By First American Bishop, Fairfield (Info)


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