Industries of Old New Hartford Collection
New Hartford, New York was founded by Jedediah Sanger in the late 18th century. It’s located in Oneida County near Utica. Throughout the 19th century, New Hartford was known for its manufacturing industries, including: textiles, tanneries, and metalworks. New Hartford owes its history of industrial success to its location on Sauquoit Creek, which generated power to run the mills. The Seneca Turnpike, an early toll road, also helped the region prosper.
Scope of Collection
The Industries of Old New Hartford Collection contains photographs and postcards from the archives of the New Hartford Historical Society. This collection depicts factories of the Town of New Hartford’s initial industrial era in the late-nineteenth centuryand first half of the twentieth century. The photographs reflect the influence of the industrial revolution on the town and its surrounding area, when mills located on fast-flowing streams were built to take advantage of abundant water power. Significant aspects of workers’ lives appear in the photos; company housing, working conditions, entertainment, and strikes all find illustration. Also, the collection’s images of the American Fork and Hoe Company and the Perry & Kramer Feed Mill demonstrate New Hartford’s role as a commercial center for the many farms in the area surrounding the town.