the family homestead of Hiram W. Hayden, industrialist and
inventor of the mid 1800's. "Maplewild" was located in
the center of what is today "Hayden Homestead Park" in
Image © 1998 J. A. Reynolds
Hayden, Industrialist and Inventor of the mid 1800's in Waterbury,
Connecticut constructed this unusual family homestead atop a shady
knoll, commanding an unparalleled view of the township below.
home was built in the first half of the 1800's and continued to be
expanded and be redesigned until the ultimate "magnificence" (as
envisioned by Mr. Hayden) was attained in the late 1870's.
In 1921, The
surviving granddaughters of Hiram Hayden, Margery Hayden and Rose Fulton,
transferred the property to the City of Waterbury, via a
quit claim deed, requiring the park area to be used as a
hired renowned park designer
Frederick Law Olmsted to create a gracious inner city
space as a lasting tribute to their family, and to guarantee the lasting
of the memories, required the park always be called, "Hayden Homestead
(Olmsted was the designer for Central Park in New York City and also
designed the 90 acre Fulton Park in Waterbury, CT.)
Hiram Washington Hayden
was the son of Joseph Shepard and Ruhamah (Guilford) Hayden, and came to
Waterbury with his parents when he was an infant. His schooling was at
the old Waterbury Academy.
Hayden was a lover of art and an avid inventor. While working at
Scovills & Co. (later Scovill Manufacturing) he made the first chased
buttons, believed to be the first made in the United States.
patented a design for brass kettles which completely evolutionized the
manufacturing of these pots, and in 1851 sold the patent to Waterbury
Mr Hayden joined Israel Holmes and John C. Booth in the formation of
Holmes, Booth and Haydens.
H.W. Hayden has taken out numerous patents, assigning many to Holmes,
Booth and Haydens.
patented inventions are a breech-loading rifle, a magazine rifle, and a
machine for making solid metal tubing, which he sold to manufacturing
concerns in Pittsburgh.
One of his
greatest endeavors was the enhancement of the daguerreotype, an early
photographic process. This lead to his development of a process of
taking a picture on paper. He holds the honor of being the independent
discoverer of the photographic process, having produced three paper
photographs of landscapes and delivering them to the Waterbury American
Newspaper in 1851. His future work in the photographic area led him
closer than anyone else of the era to producing a colored photograph.
the President of the Waterbury Photographic Society. His other artistic
endeavors included oil painting, copper etching, sculpturing in wax, as
well as pencil and
Pauline Migeon (native of France) on July 13, 1844 and had three
children: Edward Simeon; Lena Migeon and Florentine Harriet. Mrs.
Hayden passed away April 20, 1873.H.W.