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New England Photos

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Monday, August 01, 2005


Wethersfield, CT - Comstock, Ferre is the oldest continuously operating seed company in the country. It was established in 1820 by James Lockwood Belden as the Wethersfield Seed Company. The original tin signs adorn the buildings to this day. In more than a century and a half of business, the company has seen several transitions from local garden supplier to wholesaler and back to a wider retail operation. The company was expanded when Franklin Comstock and his son William succeeded Belden and were later joined by Henry Ferre. William Comstock brought great innovation and growth to the seed industry. The Comstocks had contact with a Shaker village located in nearby Enfield . William adopted their idea of packing seed in 'papers' and developed the scroll border still used today on our herb packets. In 1853 the seed house was incorporated as Comstock, Ferre & Co. Customers who visit our store will find rows of old oak rocker bins and tin lined oak drawers which to this day hold our seed stock.

Info from: www.comstockferre.com
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