Sunday Oct. 2, the West Haven Historical Society will conduct a bus tour of historic sites in Allingtown. Departing at 1:30 p.m. from the Poli House 686 Savin Ave. The event will cost $20 per person. Participants must email emmettpur@msn to reserve a seat. Deadline is Wednesday Sept. 28. Early registration is advised since space is limited.
The tour will include several sites along Campbell Avenue including a late 19th century residence of a member of the Alling family, Harugari Hall, the Crittenton Institute which is now UNH’s South Hall, and will include a stop at Adjutant William Campbell’s gravesite on Prudden Street. There well-known author, historian, and West Haven native Peter Malia will present a brief talk about Campbell who saved the life of the local Minister Rev. Noah Williston during the British invasion of West Haven July 5, 1779. The stop at the gravesite will be a special feature of the tour and will also show a notable Allingtown historical landmark.
The tour will proceed through a revitalized Allingtown center while also taking note of the Battle of Allingtown which was a significant military encounter between the British invaders and local militia. The militia’s successful defense of the area is commemorated by the Defender’s Monument located on the eastside of the West River.
Each person on the tour will receive a commemorative packet of pictures of the historic landmarks on the tour.