Schuetzen Park - Welton Street
Our Story: The Way it Was
Our town has a very rich history. Some of our past is well-known to many of us, but some is completely unknown to most of us. Every month in this space, your town Historian and other History Room researchers will showcase an important personality, landmark, or event from Hamden's past. We hope this feature will inspire our website visitors to know more about people, places, and events that have shaped our town since 1786.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, the town attracted Italian, German and Irish immigrants searching for work, first in stone quarries and sawmills, and later in factories. Eventually small businesses, shops and banks sprouted up. A little known fact is that the German immigrants maintained a social club in the State Street area called Schuetzen Park. The park was a popular venue for athletic competitions and of course, partaking of their cultural foods and drinks..