A Moment in Tolland History: Underwood Belting Company

A look back at local history, courtesy of Town Historian Barbara Cook and the Tolland Historical Society.

From Town Historian Barbara Cook:

The original Underwood Belting Company factory was on Tolland Stage Road approximately where St. Matthew Rectory is today. The factory, and a later one the company built on Old Post Road, manufactured belting for everything from sewing machines to 4-foot wide belts for industrial use. 

One Underwood brother was an inventor, and held several patents including one for a leather and cotton belting product and another for a V-belt. The factory shipped belts all over the world and had agents in New York, Boston, Providence, Chicago and Dayton, Ohio. 

Used later to house chickens, the building became unsafe and is shown being burned by the fire department.

Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone every day with our free newsletter. Simple, fast sign-up here.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »