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Haddam History: Program on the Early Years of Scovil Hoe to be Held May 19

Submitted by Elizabeth Malloy, Haddam Historical Society.
(May 5, 2022)—On Thursday, May 19, 2022 the Haddam Historical Society will hold its annual meeting with a presentation by Lindamae Peck on D. & H. Scovil and Company, Hoes, Gun Barrels and Ramrods: A Recap of the Early Years. The program will be held at Haddam Fire Station #1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum. A short business meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Founded in 1844 by brothers Daniel and Hezekiah Scovil, the Scovil Hoe Company was one of Higganum’s most prosperous industries in the 19th century. Daniel, after touring the south and observing the methods and tools of the slaves in the cotton fields, developed the “planters hoe” and convinced his brother, Hezekiah to go into business with him. The innovative design of the Scovil Hoe, a self-sharpening tool with a softer outer edge over a harder steel core, allowed the business to flourish. The Scovils thrived in business by achieving success in mass production, labor relations and marketing. They produced the “planters hoe” for more than sixty years, supplying markets in the south and South America. The Scovil Brothers also produced gun barrels for muskets, carbines, rifles and pistols, as well as, ramrods.
For additional information call 860-345-2400 or email contact@haddamhistory.org

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