HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: Believed to be named after John Manners, Marquess of Granby, (1721-1770), a popular hero of the Seven Years' War.
ORIGINS: The area was inhabited as early as 1664. Settled in the early 18th century as the Salmon Brook section of Simsbury. Granby was incorporated in October 1786.
DID YOU KNOW? The "notch" of land between Granby and Southwick, Mass., on the otherwise straight Connecticut border, was given to Massachusetts in 1804 as a compromise after a long dispute over border towns. Granby's Cooley School, built in the 1870s at East Street and Cooley Road, placed its schoolhouse in Granby, but its outhouse in Southwick. The two were separated by a stone obelisk marking the border. Students requested a bathroom trip by asking, "Can I go to Massachusetts?"
NOTABLE RESIDENTS: Rebecca Lobo, first UConn player to be inducted to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame; William M. Maltbie (1880-1961), Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court from 1930 to 1950; and Garret Lucash, who won the 2005 U.S. Figure Skating Championships with partner Katie Orscher of Glastonbury.
SOURCES: Connecticut State Register and Manual; The Salmon Brook Historical Society website; The Hartford CourantCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun