Moodus Center Before the 1906 Fire

It was a growing mill town on the bank of the Moodus River

 

The Rebuilt Center Prospered for Decades

Millworkers, farmers, and vacationers shopped and gathered there in the first half of the 1900s

 

Residents Were Sold on 'Progress'

Town voters approved destroying the village in order to save it

 

Business Slowed and Buildings Deteriorated

Traffic declined in the five dispiriting years from referendum to demolition and construction

 

Houses in the Renewal Area Also Came Down

Throwing the baby out with the bath water