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The town of Sterling is located in the Southeast part of Windham County. It was incorporated in May 1794 and was originally part of Voluntown. The town is bordered by Killingly to the North, Washington & Kent County, RI to the East, Voluntown to the South and Plainfield to the West. It has a land area of 27.3 square miles and a 2000 census population of 3,099 residents. The town got its name from temporary resident Dr. John Sterling who promised the town a library in return, upon which he never delivered. A library was eventually built with private donations.
In 1800, The American Manufacturing Company, also known as the Potter's Factory was established along the Quandock River. A second mill was established in 1808 along the Moosup River known as the Sterling Manufacturing Company. Quarrying began in the 1850's and still an active industry today.
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