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NEWTOWN: A Rich Historic Legacy

 

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Newtown, known for its artist community and rich history, was settled in 1708 on land purchased from the Pootatuck Indians.

Embracing 60.38 square miles amid the scenic foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, Newtown's sparsely populated rolling woodlands encompass Fairfield County's largest township.  It is bounded on the north and east by the Housatonic River and the Shepaug River, both rivers flowing into the lovely Lake Lillinonah.  Newtown's distinguished history includes having been a Revolutionary War campsite; a number of pre-Revolutionary residences still exist within the township's boundaries.  Gracious antique homes line Main Street, and a 100-foot flagpole proudly rises at Main and Church Hill Road.  The Newtown Bee has reported area news since 1877.  Despite the area's pastoral quietude, Newtown has easy access to major population centers.  This crowded township's richly historic, expansive New England ambiance has been cherished and actively maintained by civic-minded residents.  Thoughtful town planning has guided growth, maintaining as abundance of open spaces and protecting the uncommon atmosphere or rural tranquility enjoyed by Newtown's 25,000 inhabitants.  Newtown is governed by a Board of Selectmen.

Some of the well-known spots in Newtown are Lake Zoar, Edmond Town Hall, the Hawley School, and Cyrenius H. Booth Library, many of which were created through the generosity of Mary Elizabeth Hawley.  Miss Hawley was one of Newtown's better-known and wealthy residents.  She is also responsible for the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and the restoration of the Village Cemetery.

Other famous residents also contributed to the growth of Newtown.  C.B. Taylor gave Taylor Field Playground behind Hawley School, and Bertram Stroock contributed to Dickenson Memorial Park.

Lake Lillinonah is a popular site for boating, water-skiing, and canoeing.

Residents and visitors can also swim, play tennis, and picnic at Dickenson Park and Treadwell Park.
 
 
Note: Updated March 2015

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