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Newtown Connecticut

County: Fairfield
Population: 28,224
Area: 60 square miles
Government: Board of Selectman / Town Meeting
Distance to Major Cities:
Hartford: 40 Miles
Boston: 133 miles
New York City: 61 miles

Newtown is known for its artist community and rich history.  Embracing 60.38 square miles amid the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, Newtown’s sparsely populated rolling woodlands encompass Fairfield County’s largest township.  It is bound on the north and east by the Houstanic River and the Shepaug River, both rivers flowing into lovely Lake Lillinonah.


Newtown was settled in 1708 on land purchased from the Pootatuck Indians.  During its distinguished history Newtown was a Revolutionary War campsite; a number of pre-Revolutionary residences still exist within the township’s boundaries.

The town of Newtown was originally known as Quanneapague. In 1708, 36 Connecticut Englishmen petitioned the General Assembly to settle an area north of Stratford (at least seven men previously had been given permission to settle the area). The 36 became "petition proprietors" legally entitled to own its common land and share in the division when the town decided to parcel out tracts into private hands. The town was incorporated in 1711.  Newtown was a stronghold of Tory sentiment during the early American Revolution. French General Rochambeau and his troops encamped here in 1781 on their way to the siege of Yorktown, Virginia which ended the Revolution.

The rooster weathervane (a town symbol), located atop the Newtown Meeting House, is said to have been used as a target by French soldiers encamped here in 1781 during the Revolutionary War.

Gracious antique homes line Main Street; a 100 foot flagpole proudly rises at Main and Church Hill Road.  Despite the area’s pastoral quietude, Newtown has easy access to major population centers.  This uncrowded 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 an abundance of open spaces and protecting the uncommon atmosphere of rural tranquility enjoyed by Newtown’s 25,000 inhabitants.  Newtown is governed by a Board of Selectman.

Some of 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 know and wealthy residents.

Lake Lillinonah, is a popular site for boating, water-skiing and canoeing.  Residents and visitors can also swim, play tennis and picnic at Dickinson Park and Treadwell Park.

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