Suffield Trivia

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1. Approximately how high is the West Suffield Mountain at its peak?

a. 1,200 feet

b. 710 feet

c. 850 feet

2. Which one of these brooks is not found in Suffield: Stony Brook, Rocky Gutter Brook, Roaring Brook, Rattlesnake Brook or Muddy Brook?

3. The road on the western side of West Suffield Mountain remained a wilderness for some time after Suffield was established. It was not partitioned for settlement until…

a. 1702

b. 1759

c. 1776

4. Among the mills established during the early days of Suffield was an oil mill built by Eli Granger and managed by John Rising along Stony Brook in the vicinity of North Street. What did he process to make the oil?

a. Bog water from the Great Swamp below West Suffield Mountain

b. Cow skin

c. Flax seed

5. In 1684, the town was brought before the General Court of Hampshire County in Massachusetts (Suffield was part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the time) because it failed to do what?

a. Secure a minister for the church

b. Create a school

c. Allow Quakers to settle in the town

6. Until 1852, there was no poor house in Suffield. What happened to the poor, where did they go?

a. To debtor’s prison in Hartford

b. They were escorted out of town.

c. They were sheltered in East Granby.

7. Gideon Granger, Jr. came into national prominence when he was made Postmaster General in the administrations of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. He was also a state legislator and

a. Established the Connecticut Literary Institute (now the Suffield Academy)

b. Founded a law school in Suffield

c. Built the water cure spa on Poole Road

8. The native variety of tobacco first grown by Suffield settlers was colloquially known as…

a. Shoestring leaf

b. Indian leaf

c. King Phillip gold

9. Nearly all of Suffield’s main roads were established by the

a. 1790s

b. 1830s

c. 1850s

10. Delphina Clark’s lifelong interest in Suffield architecture and history made a lasting mark on the town’s historical heritage by researching Suffield land records and preserving the history of many of the old houses. She was also the first female graduate from the Yale School of Architecture and was the first female in the United States who…

a. Qualified for a commercial radio operations license

b. Flew a jet airplane

c. Ran for a U.S. Senate seat


1. b. 710 feet

2. Roaring Brook

3. b. 1759

4. c. Flax seed

5. b. Create a school. A schoolmaster was not appointed until 1696 and a school was not built until 1704

6. c. They were sheltered by Owen Phelps in his East Granby home

7. b. Founded a law school in Suffield

8. a. Shoestring leaf because it was long and thin, not ideal for cigar making

9. b. 1830s

10. a. Qualified for a commercial radio operations license.

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