Koch to discuss 'Indian Wars in Connecticut History'

“Indian Wars in Connecticut History” will be discussed by David Koch, associate professor of history at Housatonic Community College, at the Milford Historical Society’s general meeting on Monday, Sept. 16, at the Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church on the Green, 168 Broad Street.

A short business meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and Koch will begin his talk about 7:15 p.m. The program is free and open to the public; there is parking in the lot behind the church.

The talk will center on two major Indian wars — the Pequot-Mohegan War and the King Philip’s War — and the influence each had on Milford’s history.

In 1637, near the end of the Pequot-Mohegan War, Sergeant Thomas Tibbals noticed that the land along the Wepawaug River flowing into Long Island Sound would be an ideal site for a future English settlement. Later Tibbals mentioned the location to Rev. Peter Prudden and his congregation, and in 1639 they settled here and founded Milford.

Koch will also talk about King Philip’s War (1675-1676) between colonists and the Native Americans in New England. Although none of the battles were fought on Milford soil, Milford men were mustered in the Connecticut quota, and early settler Samuel Eells received extra land in Milford for his part in the war.