Plainville Historic Center will present a look into the town's last dairy farm

Published on Friday, 17 May 2019 19:48


PLAINVILLE –The Plainville Historic Center will present a look at The Tyler Farm, the town’s last dairy farm, as part of its ongoing “Plainville History” programs celebrating the town’s 150th anniversary.

David Tyler will present the program May 21 at 7 p.m. at the Plainville Historic Center. He will discuss his family’s farm, which was located on Unionville Avenue.

“We are very excited to be presenting our fifth in a series of ‘Plainville History’ programs,” said Rosemary Morante, who does the publicity for the Plainville Historical Society and is the recording secretary. “The Tyler Family farm was part of our agricultural legacy for many, many years.”

Morante said Tyler will recount the story of his family members and talk about what it was like to grow up as part of a “legendary farming family” in Plainville.

“David is the son of Alan Tyler and the nephew of Fred Tyler, both of whom many residents may remember,” she said. “The Tyler farm was considered the last dairy farm in town and Fred Tyler still had cows into the 1980’s although the farm was no longer really commercial at that point.”

Rose Stanley, vice president of the Plainville Historical Society, said that the farm was eventually broken up into smaller pieces of property and sold. One of those pieces is located near the Plainville Campgrounds.

“David will talk about what it was like growing up on the farm, the buildings that were there and how they were used,” said Stanley. “He said that there used to be a pond on the farm which they would cut out ice from. They placed the milk from the dairy cows in a box that was kept refrigerated with that ice. Eventually, they switched over to an electric machine though.”

Stanley said that the program will feature numerous photographs of Tyler’s family and daily life on the farm, which she said went back many generations.

“David said that parts of that farm dated back to the 1700s,” said Stanley. “I’m trying to copy his books on the family. He has so many stories to tell about them. His grandfather served in the Civil War.”

Another farming family that will be covered in the program is the Cowles family, who lived on Unionville Ave. Morante said that their lives often intersected with the Tyler family.

“The program will offer a special personal look into the legacy of farming and agriculture which, along with manufacturing, were an important part of Plainville history,” she said. “It will also be a portrait of one local family whose earliest members were even able to recount stories of the Tunxis Native Americans who lived in the area.”

Elevator access is available. All programs of the Plainville Historical Society are free of charge to the public. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the Plainville Historic Center at 860-747-6577.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Friday, 17 May 2019 19:48. Updated: Friday, 17 May 2019 19:50.