From about 1867 to 1887, German immigrant and Civil War veteran Peter Grohman owned and operated
a cigar-making shop on the corner of Turkey Hills Road and Newgate
Road in East Granby, Connecticut. The shop is no longer standing, but historical and archaeological
investigations by the Public Archaeology Survey Team, Inc., have produced some interesting information about Grohman
and Connecticut's cigar-making industry.
The existence of similar tobacco shops in the Connecticut River
Valley and the importance of tobacco to the economy and consumer
culture of Connecticut make the site of the Grohman Shop a significant archaeological resource. Follow the links below to learn more.