DescriptionAfter inventing the cotton gin, Eli Whitney moved to Hamden in 1798 to harness the power of the Mill River. Whitney had obtained a contract to provide 10,000 muskets to the government before ever producing a single firearm. Innovations at his armory included water-driven machinery, the use of interchangeable parts and a model housing project for his workers; the contract was fulfilled in 10 years. Whitney's son later used the Mill River to provide New Haven with its first public water supply.
Things to SeeIreland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University