Hartford Village History
The village proper is built upon both banks of the White River and has a diverse residential and commercial history producing, at times, chairs, tools, lumber, carriages, grist and textiles. It has many historic houses and buildings and was the birth site of Horace Wells, who was the first dentist to use "Laughing Gas" as an anesthesia.
Many families have moved into the center of the village creating a "walking" community. There are excellent fishing and swimming holes along the river anf there is a boat launch off Watson Memorial Park. Also located at the southern end of the park is a dog park, the only one in the Upper Valley. It has become very popular, not only for canines, but owners and families alike.