BOYHOOD IN HARWINTON
AMONG THE HILLS of Harwinton, Connecticut, lies a small but pretty valley known as Poverty Hollow, a region of small farms and several saw mills. Here was located the 80-acre farm of William Huntington and the house in which Collis Potter Huntington was born. The farm was mostly woodland, meadow land and pasture. The house was a plain white, story-and-a-half frame structure with a large cellar and having a huge stone chimney at one end. The gable end faced the road, and at the front of the house was the well with its picturesque bucket and sweep.
Across the field about twenty yards from the house stood the barn. The beautiful Lead Mine Brook flowed westward down the valley across the Huntington property. A small stream flowed into this brook upon which stood the woolcarding mill owned by William Huntington. About five hundred yards down the valley stood the one-room school house where Collis went to school. All these buildings have long since disappeared.1
From early childhood Collis led a busy life. He has said that he could not remember the time when he was not doing something useful. One of his early tasks was to assist his father in building a stone wall which fifty years later was in a state of good repair. He hauled wood from a nearby hill