Redding is a quiet country village, that has resisted giving up its tranquillity . It is largely residential, serving as a bedroom community for cities such as Danbury and Norwalk. Approximately 2/3 of the land area is beautiful open countryside. Redding has an attractive town green. The Mark Twain Library is very good. Shopping in Redding is limited to basics, although it does have some fine restaurants. Larger stores are available in nearby Ridgefield and Danbury. Among the 38 Connecticut towns with a population between 4,700 and 10,000, Redding ranked #1.
Redding was settled by John Read, an 18th century land speculator. One of Redding's most prominent residents was Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens).
Board of Selectmen and Town Meeting
Redding has over 3,000 acres of open space and park lands. Nearby Putnam State Park, offers picnicking and winter skating. The nearby YMCAs in Danbury and Wilton provide a variety of recreational programs.
1 elementary, 1 middle and 1 regional high school (with Easton).
No parochial and private schools
No parochial and private schools
The Redding Country Club has a 9-hole golf course.
6 churches, 1 synagogue
Residents use the nearby Danbury Hospital.
Redding is on the Danbury spur of Metro-North. There are train stations in West Redding, Branchville, Wesport and Katonah. The train commuting time to NYC is about 60 minutes. Redding has access to the Merritt parkway, I-95, I-84 and I-684. The drive by Route 7 to Stamford is 35 minutes. It takes 15 minutes to drive to Danbury and 60 minutes to drive to White Plains.
- West Redding
Ridgefield has often been rated by Connecticut Magazine as one of the best small cities in Connecticut. Although primarily residential, Ridgefield has some light industry and corporate headquarters. It has terrific schools and a vibrant economy. Ridgefield has charming boutiques and large shopping centers. Many of the state's top-rated restaurants are in Ridgefield.
Ridgefield was settled in 1708 by a scouting party who happened to camp at Settler's Rock on North Salem Road. In 1777 the city was the site of a major Revolutionary War battle. Ridgefield is home to many historically significant sites such as the Keeler Tavern, a former stagecoach stop on the New York City - Boston run.
Board of Selectmen
Ridgefield has 1500 acres of park lands and preserves. There is boating and a town beach at Lake Mamanasco. There are 3 tennis court complexes and an ice skating rink. There are several performing arts groups. The Aldrich Museum is devoted to the works of living artists.
5 elementary, 1 middle and 1 high school. No Parochial or private Schools
Ridgefield has two country clubs with golf courses, and a tennis club.
Christian, Jewish and Bahai.
Ridgefield is served by the Norwalk and Danbury hospitals, as well as by the Ridgefield Medical Center which provides out-patient care.
NYC is 75 minutes away by Metro-North train, using the Branchville station on the border of Redding, Wilton and Ridgefield. Driving time to Stamford is 30 minutes; Danbury 10 minutes; White Plains 40 minutes. Interstate 684, Interstate 84 and the Sawmill Parkway are only a few miles away, making access to Westchester County easy.
- North Ridgefield
- South Ridgefield
Shelton is one of the faster growing communities in the State. It has an blend of urban, rural and suburban environments. Shelton has a policy of seeking our commercial and industrial growth. It has attracted a number of large companies such as I.T.T. and Tetley. In addition to its commercial development, Shelton has some rather run down areas as well as attractive residential areas. The original colonial village of Huntington which includes lovely historic homes, stately churches and a handsome town green.
Huntington was governed in the early 1700's by the Stratford Congregational Church. In 1789 Ripton Parish, now known as Huntington and Monroe and the New Stratford parish, broke away and formed the town of Huntington, named for Governor Samuel Huntington. In May 1823, New Stratford was incorporated as the town of Monroe. In 1919, Huntington was incorporated and its name changed to Shelton, in honor of the town's leading industrialist, Edward Nelson Shelton.
Mayor and Board of Alderman
Recreation is a part of the town's comprehensive plan for continued growth. The town has 15 recreational areas in addition to the Indian Well State Park and Housatonic River. The town maintains excellent facilities for a multitude of activities, including boat yards on the Housatonic River. The Shelton-Derby Boy's Club provides organized recreation programs.
Two parochial schools (K-8), and a regional voc-ed high school. No private Schools. Five elementary, one middle and one high school. The high school is on a 50 acre site and has some of the state's finest sports facilities. Numerous colleges, universities and community colleges are within 30 minutes.
Shelton has two private golf clubs.
Shelton is served by the nearby hospitals in Bridgeport and Derby (on Shelton's north-east border).
Route 8, with its connections to the Merritt Parkway provides easy access to New Haven and Bridgeport (10 miles). Driving time to NYC is 110 minutes; White Plains is 75 minutes; Hartford is 90 minutes. Train time from the Shelton/Derby station to Grand Central in NYC is about 108 minutes. Shelton is served by the New Haven, Bridgeport and Oxford Airports.
- Shelton Center
- Trap Falls
- White Hills
Sherman is essentially a rural town and its residents are determined to keep it that way. Land use and growth are controlled, though the population increases during the summer as vacationers come to enjoy the beaches along Candlewood Lake. Among the 40 small towns in Connecticut with a population between 4,700 and 10,000, Sherman ranked #10.
Sherman was named for the 18th century shoemaker, Roger Sherman, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
Board of Selectman, Town Meeting
The town has several parks as well as public lake-front beaches on Candle Wood lake.
Sherman is part of a regional school district. High school students attend either New Milford High School (just to the east of Sherman) or Brookfield High School. There are no parochial or private Schools.
No major private golf clubs.
Both Danbury and New Milford Hospitals serve Sherman.
The train station for Metro-North is in Danbury; the trip to NYC takes 80 minutes. Interstate 84 and 684 are only a few miles away, making access to Westchester county easy. Danbury Municipal Airport, about 30 minutes away, is one of the busiest general aviation fields in Connecticut. It books domestic flights to and from Danbury via either JFK or La Guardia. The airport is also a center for limousine service to the NYC airports.
Stamford has attracted a large number of corporate headquarters and has become a truly modern city. Stamford contains more that 1 million square feet of retail shopping, with some of the finest stores having locations in town. The Town Center is a center for shopping as well as movie theaters. The Performing Arts Center and Palace Theater provide a wealth of cultural offerings. Stamford has a great range of housing, from moderately priced condominiums and houses to castles.
Stamford was settled in 1641 by Puritans who selected the site of the Native American village of Rippowam. Like most New England towns, it was a self-sufficient agricultural community governed by the church fathers. In 1642 it was renamed from Rippowam to Stamford after a town in England. Because of its location, during the 17th and 18th centuries it was one of the largest seaports on the Sound. The arrival of the railroad brought major changes. Besides commuters and summer residents, a large number of manufacturers began to locate in Stamford. In 1892 the Board of Burgesses incorporated the city; however the outlying communities of Glenbrook, Belltown, Springdale and Shippan choose not to join and remained autonomous for some time. These communities–as well as Cove, Westover and North Stamford–still retain their own identities. By the 1950’s the city’s population was well over 70,000, but its industry was on the decline. However, with the help of government funding and some good planning, the downtown area was transformed into an vibrant area. Today many major companies maintain there corporate headquarters in
Stamford, and gentrification still continues as a fast pace.
Stamford, and gentrification still continues as a fast pace.
Mayor and a 20-member City Council.
Stamford has a great number of town parks (offering tennis, bocci, paddle tennis and handball courts), a YMCA and YWCA, beaches and two public marinas, as well as an indoor skating rink, and two town golf courses.
Seven parochial schools, including one middle and one high school. Five private schools. Fifteen elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools. The Stamford branch of the University of Connecticut is expanding and offers advanced degrees.
Two private golf clubs.
Many denominations are represented, conducting services in a number of languages. There are approximately 70 churches and 7 synagogues.
Stamford has two excellent hospitals and a rehabilitation center.
NYC is 48 minutes by train. Stamford has three train stations. In addition, Stamford is serviced by Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway, providing easy access to lower Fairfield and Westchester counties. Drive time to White Plains airport is 25 minutes.
- South End
- West Side
- Mid City
- North Stamford
Stratford is a balanced community of residential, waterfront, retail and major industrial plants (including Sikorsky Aircraft and Avco Lycoming). The town has done a good job of planning, preserving its historical buildings and locating most of its 700+ acres of industrial-zoned property away from residential areas. Downtown is a lovely place to shop or stroll. Most needs are catered to by the charming in-town stores, but the Trumbull shopping mall, the Dock Shopping Center and the New Haven shopping centers are easily accessible from Stratford.
Stratford was founded in 1639 by 25 families who settled along the Housatonic River. It was named for England's Stratford-on-Avon. Because of its strategic location, the town rapidly became a center of manufacturing and commercial development.
Town Manager and 11-member Town Council
Stratford is located along the shores of the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound. The town has a community center, 5 parks, two golf courses and public beaches. The town has three beaches on the Sound and 5 marinas. At the mouth of the river lies Short Beach Park, it is the recreational hub of the town. It is the site of a 9 hold, par three golf course, as well as having baseball diamonds, tennis courts, basketball courts and a soccer field.
Stratford has two parochial schools (K-8) and one private school. 13 elementary schools, 2 middle schools and 2 high schools. There are number of nearby colleges including Fairfield University and the University of Bridgeport. Yale University in New Haven is only 15 minutes away.
Two country clubs
31 churches, 1 synagogue
The area is serviced by hospitals in Bridgeport and New Haven.
Stratford is at a major confluence of highways: Interstate 95, the Merritt Parkway and Routes 8 and 25, giving the town easy access to a large part of Connecticut as well as New England. The main line of Metro-North stops in Stratford. Commute time to NYC by train is about 100 minutes. Driving time to White Plains is 75 minutes.
- North End
- Paradise Green
- South End
- West Side
Trumbull’s strategic location gives it easy access to the major cities of Hartford, New Haven, and Bridgeport, making it a good bedroom community for these cities. Although over 200 acres of land has been approved for commercial development, the town is still very country and has retained much of its colonial New England charm. Its an attractive community for family living. Ninety-Four percent of the homes in Trumbull are single-family, most on 2 acre or more. There are approximately 100 business units located in 5 shopping centers. The Trumbull Shopping Park has over 180 shops and contains many of the town's finest shops.
Originally the home of several Native American tribes - the Paugassets, Pequonnocks and the Tamtashuas - Trumbull was founded by Abraham Nichols in the early 1700s. The town was originally called “Unity” and was under the jurisdiction of the Stratford Parish. The Old Congregational Church was the parish's center. The town was incorporated in 1797 and named for Jonathan Trumbull, a British Governor who supported the efforts of the American Revolution.
First Selectman, 21-member Town Council
Over one thousand acres are preserved, comprising 18 recreational and conservation parks. Facilities include tennis courts, an 18-hole public golf course and indoor and outdoor swimming. Fishing and boating are available at the three area lakes. There are three skating ponds build by the town.
4 parochial schools, including one parochial high school. 5 elementary, 2 middle and 1 high school. No private schools. Colleges in the immediate area: Bridgeport universities, Fairfield University and Yale.
Three private clubs provide indoor and outdoor tennis courts as well as swimming.
Houses of 34 churches, 1 synagogue
Trumbull is served by the three major hospitals in Bridgeport.
Trumbull has a good strategic location with Routes 25 and 8 as well as the Merritt Parkway traversing it. Interstate 95 is only a short distance away. White Plains is 55 minutes by car; Stamford 40 minutes; La Guardia Airport is about one hour. Hartford (40 minutes), New Haven (20 minutes) and Bridgeport (15 minutes) are within easy commuting distance. Providence and Boston are about two hours away. The nearest Metro-North Railroad Stations are in Bridgeport and Stratford (15 minutes away). The train time to NYC is about 70 minutes.
- Long Hill
- St. Teresas
- Town Hall
- Trumbull Center
Weston consists mainly of business people who work in neighboring Fairfield County areas, as well as New York-oriented artists, writers and advertising executives. It is a wooded, tranquil enclave primarily zoned for two-acre residential lots. This small, rather elegant town, with its rural charm has lovely properties scattered across its 21 square miles of pretty country roads and streams. Its many stables and trails, make it particularly attractive for those who like horses. The town shopping facilities are small but very quaint. The large department stores and upscale restaurants are in nearby towns such as Westport, Stamford and Norwalk. Among towns in Connecticut with a population between 4,700 and 10,000, Weston ranked #5.
Originally part of the town of Fairfield, Weston became a separate church parish in 1757 when the Norfield Congregational Church was organized. Soon however, church leaders felt they did not have adequate representation at the Fairfield Town meetings, and in 1787 the Norfield Parish joined with the Parish of North Fairfield to become Weston, the “West Town.” In 1845 the town decided to split into two separate towns; Easton and Weston.
Board of Selectmen and Town Meeting
Weston maintains many miles of riding trails. There are 3 private riding schools in Weston. Devil's Den, Weston’s 1,500-acre nature preserve, provides an abundance of hiking and walking trails. Residents swim in the indoor pool at the town's Educational Campus or at the Westport beaches. The town residents have recreational privileges in Westport, including the use of the Westport Beach.
There are no parochial or private schools. The Weston school system (one elementary, one middle and one high school) is located on an attractive 120-acre Educational Campus. 1994 average SAT scores: Math 584, Verbal 482, almost all of its graduates go on to higher education.
Private clubs include a country club, two tennis clubs and a gun club.
The town is served by the Norwalk Hospital.
Weston is just north of the Merritt Parkway. NYC commuters can use one of the Metro-North Railroad stations in Westport. The train takes about an hour to reach Grand Central Station. Stamford can be reached by car in 25 minutes; Danbury in 35 minutes. Airport limousine service is available in Westport.
Westport is one of the traditional Connecticut Gold Coast towns, the others being Darien, New Canaan and Greenwich. It is a very cosmopolitan, small city with strong schools, great amenities and wonderful beaches. Its downtown shopping retains much of its New England flavor, while providing a quiet sophistication including high fashion apparel and first class restaurants. Its picturesque shoreline has served as the setting for many movies, novels and plays. As a result, it is very attractive to young, relaxed professionals, although many famous actors, writers, lawyers as well as corporate executives call Westport their home.
In 1835 the town was incorporated. At that time it included parts of Weston, Norwalk, Fairfield and Old Saugatuck. In 1848 the railroad opened service to the town, changing what had been a predominantly shipping and farming community into a community of factories and mills. By the beginning of the 20th century, the seaside town had become a popular vacation spot for wealthy New Yorkers, gradually turning into a town rich in culture as well as real estate.
Board of Selectmen and Representative Town Meeting.
Westport has an extensive coast line on Long Island Sound, as well as lying at the mouth of the Saugatuck River, offering a great variety of swimming and boating opportunities. There are 3 town beaches, 2 marinas, 26 indoor and outdoor tennis courts and an active YMCA. Westport has over 200 acres of parkland with bike paths and nature trails. The Westport Playhouse and Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts are renowned.
One parochial school (K-8), two private schools (K-8). Five elementary, three middle and one high school on a nice campus.
2 yacht clubs, 2 golf clubs
21 churches, 4 synagogues
The town is served by the Norwalk Hospital as well as the 3 hospitals in Bridgeport.
Westport has three stations on the main line of Metro-North. Commuting time to Grand Central Station in NYC is about 65 minutes. Interstate 95 and the Merritt Parkway provide easy connection up and down the Connecticut Coast. Nearby Route 7 provides good access to northern Fairfield County. The drive time to Stamford is about 20 minutes; Danbury can be reached in about 40 minutes; White Plains Airport in 40 minutes.
- Compo Beach
- Greens Farms
- Saugatuck Shores
- Stony Brook
Wilton is a rural, residential town with real New England charm. The town maintains its style with carefully zoning and attention to its older colonial landmarks. Wilton homes are mainly in two-acre wooded settings. Shopping is mainly in Wilton Center, which is the town's hub, although Cannondale Village has a small shopping area. Wilton has been consistently rated by Connecticut Magazine as the best small town (population under 20,000) in the state. Although many people commute to jobs elsewhere, there are several large corporations and research centers located along Route 7 as well as a number of banks and financial operations located in the town. Among towns with a population between 10,000 and 20,000, Wilton ranked #2 overall.
The written history of the area dates back to 1640 when Roger Ludlow bought the land between the Norwalk and Saugatuck Rivers. In 1726, the Wilton Parish was created and the first meeting house was built. Wilton obtained its town charter in 1802 and thrived as an agricultural town until the beginning of the early 1900s. The second surge of growth came about 1952, as the railroad opened up the town for summer residents and commuters. Many of the town's pre-Revolutionary homes have been preserved.
Board of Selectmen and a Town Meeting
The town has 497 acres of public parks and over 100 miles of riding and hiking trails. There are two swimming facilities and many ponds for skating as well as 12 tennis courts. The YMCA is very active. The Wilton Playshop provides several major productions each year.
One parochial school (K-8), two private schools (K-4, K-8). Three elementary, two middle and one high school.
Two country clubs and one tennis club
1 synagogue, numerous churches
Norwalk Hospital, about 15 minutes away, serves Wilton.
Wilton lies right at the intersection of Route 7 and the Merritt Parkway. Wilton has three train stations on the Danbury Spur of the Metro-North Railroad. The commute to Grand Central Station by train takes about 85 minutes. The drives to Stamford or Danbury take 25 minutes. White Plains Airport is 40 minutes away. Limousine service to NYC airports is also available.