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The past meets the present in Middletown

Jan 01, 2015 01:20PM, Published by Kerigan Butt, Categories: Local History


The Middletown Academy, a private school, was founded in 1827 to offer English and classical education.


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By John Chambless

Staff Writer

While the edges of Middletown are seeing unprecedented growth and new construction, the heart of the town is dotted with ghosts of the past.

Whether it's the stately commercial buildings at the bustling corner of Main and Broad streets, or in the narrow alleys where 1800s horse barns still remain, the past and the future of Middletown are standing side by side. During a walk around town last month, armed with a camera, a street map and a copy of the 2014 book, “Images of America: Middletown” by Shauna McVey and the Middletown Historical Society, I stood in the same places where photographers of long ago captured the landmarks of Middletown. Some places – such as the former home of the M.O.T. Little League at West Green and Scott streets – are gone, leaving no trace. Other places are much the same, although the trees, signs and telephone lines have changed. See if you can find some reminders of Middletown's long history the next time you're walking around town.

Here's what I found.

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