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Simsbury, Connecticut (U.S.)

Hartford County

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Flag of Simsbury, Connecticut image by Ethan Dubrow, 4 June 2024

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Simsbury is a town in Hartford County. It is bordered by Canton to its West, Granby and East Granby to its north, Avon to its south, and Bloomfield to its east. Simsbury has about 25,000 people and has a lot of bears. Simsbury was incorporated in May of 1670, and is the only town in the United States officially named Simsbury.

The Flag

Here is a description of the flag and seal:
The flag would be reddish brown, symbolic of the original quarried stone in Simsbury, and show a copperish gold round seal in the center, with the significant elements of the seal sewn in black, and the flag edged with a copperish gold fringe. The seal embraces the Higley Copper, first copper coin to be minted in America; the Old Meeting House, a replica of which stands in the Simsbury Historical Center; the Tree, symbol of our natural resources; and the family group which is the base of our whole society. The leaves on the outer circumference of the seal represent the hop vine, from which many familiar Simsbury names are derived, and the inner circle represents a fuse, symbolic of America's first such industry which was founded in Simsbury.
Carolyn Keily, Town Clerk, Simsbury

Peter Orenski, 1 December 2010

The Seal

image by Ethan Dubrow, 4 June 2024

According to this source

The Town of Simsbury officially adopted the Town Seal on November 30, 1969. Allen W. Hixon submitted this winning design during a competition for a town symbol. What are the meanings behind the symbols on the Town Seal? The Higley Copper was the first copper coin minted in America. Samuel Higley, born in 1687, was a Simsbury resident. The Old Meeting House, a replica of which stands in the Simsbury Historical Society, was built in 1683 and used for religious services and town meetings. The Tree symbolizes the town’s natural resources. Today, 30% of Simsbury is designated as open space. The family group is the base of our society. The circumference of leaves represents the hop vine, from which many Simsbury names are derived, e.g., Hopmeadow and Hopbrook. The inner circle depicts a fuse, symbolic of America’s first such industry, Ensign Bickford, founded in Simsbury and incorporated in 1836.
Ethan Dubrow, 4 June 2024