TownTOWN OF KENT of KENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facts of Interest

Year Town Incorporated: 1739
Form of Government: Board of Selectmen
Geographic Location; NW Tip of Region
Geographic Area; 49.6 Sq. Miles Current
Current Population: Est. 3,000
Median Household Income: $66,000
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Danbury, CT (22.2 miles , pop. 74,848).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Oyster Bay, NY (59.4 miles , pop. 293,925).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: New York, NY (76.8 miles , pop. 8,008,278).
Nearest cities: Dover Plains, NY (7.2 miles ), Warren, CT (8.9 miles ), New Preston, CT (9.0 miles ), Amenia, NY (10.0 miles ), Sherman, CT (10.1 miles ), Sharon, CT (10.7 miles ), New Milford, CT (10.9 miles ).
State Lands: Kent Falls State Park; Lake Waramaug State Park; Macedonia Brook State Park; Wyantenock State Forest
Federal Lands: Appalachian Trail; St. John's Ledges
Recreation: Emery Park, Route 341E (Segar Mountain Road) is open daily from 11 am. to 7 pm. The park features swimming, picnic and playground area. A park pass is required at a cost of $30 for residents; $60 for non residents; free for residents over age 65. The Park pass also entitles holders to use the tennis courts at Kent Common Playground at Swift Lane and winter ice skating at local rinks. Passes are on sale at the Park and Recreation office and at Emery Park. For more information call 860 927-1003.
 
Kent History

Kent, Connecticut | from The Connecticut Guide, 1935
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Kent may be described as a mountain country, some of it still farmed, cut by a deep river valley with broad bottom lands, adapted to corn and tobacco. There was an important iron industry, and the present town has attracted schools and summer homes, with an artists' colony. Kent is one of the best centers for tramping in Connecticut. It contains two State Parks: Macedonia Brook and Kent Falls.

At the south end of the town, the Housatonic has cut a gorge through the limestone, with tine potholes and characteristic limestone flora. This is a good place to study the relations of the limestone and schist. For a view of the rapids, especially fine in high water, walk west 100 yards, just beforre crossing the power canal. Bulls Bridge, above this point, is one of the few covered bridges surviving in Connecticut. The unimproved Rt. 130 leads east to South Kent, passing on the right Pickett Rock, with a fine west view, and on the left South Kent School, established in 1923 as an offshoot of Kent School.

About a mile east of South Kent (1st left turn) is the location of the Kent Iron MInes, an important source of ore. Exploitation began soon after the settlement. Of the early furnaces, one was located on Forge Brook, at the entrance to Macedonia Park, where the oak timbers can still be seen under the water. There was a forge at East Kent, ore being transported up the mountain on horseback. By 1845 there were three blast furnaces in operation, employing 280 hands and turning out 3,000 tons a year. The picturesque ruin of one of the furnaces stands just north of Kent village, across the R. R. opposite Gilbert's store.

In Kent Village there is a Community House, an annual art exhibit, and a World War Memorial Library, in Colonial style, designed by Heathcote M. Woolsey. Crossing the river to the west on R. 341, we come to Kent School with its attractive buildings, an Episcopal preparatory school for boys on the self-help system, established in 1906 by Father F. H. . Sill. Going 1 1/2 miles farther a road turns north to Macedonia Brook State Park, the gift of the White Memorial Foundation in 1918, a tract of 1830 acres along the beautiful Nodine Hollow Brook and on the slopes of the adjacent hills. The park has facilities for picnicking and camping.

On the west bank of the Housatonic, just behind Kent School. a country road leads in 11/2' miles to the Schaghticoke Indian Reservation.

 

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GOOD EATS
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Fife n Drum
Dolph Traymon at the piano Wine Specator "Best of Award of Excellence" 1992 - 2006. CT Magazine "Best Continental Cuisine in Litchfield County 2004". 860.927.3509

The Villager
Offers traditional breakfast items, Mexican delicacies, American cuisine
and an extensive lunch menu.
Tuesdays Mexican Night 5 PM to 9 PM from April - November.
28 North Main Street Kent 860.927.1555

Kingsley Tavern
At Kingsley Tavern, you'll find creative, fresh food from local farms, and a great selection of craft beer, wine and cocktails in a friendly, casual setting. Join us in the dining room, at the bar, or outside on the porch. Reservations are accepted for parties of five or more, and for any size party on holidays and special events.
14 North Street Main Street Kent 860.592.0261

J.P. Gifford Market
Like an old world market in Paris or Rome, a new world emporium in San Francisco or New
York, you’ll discover a source of unique items and a great place to meet friends..
Good food, pure and simple, is the J. P. Gifford promise.
12 North Main Street Kent, CT 06757  860.592.0200

Panini
Voted Best Take-Out/Litchfield County. Panini, sandwiches, salads, breakfasts, ice cream, freshly-made gelato. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. summer til 8 p.m. Wi-fi hot spot.
7 Old Barn Road 860.927.5083

Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
Quality Chinese food.
Take out or dine in. Stop by our restaurant to pick up a menu.
8 Landmark Lane 860.927.4809

Wasabi Japanese
24 South Main 860.927.0048


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THINGS TO DO
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Appalachian Trail
"Schaghticoke" (ska-ti-coke) means "
the place where the river divides" in Mohegan, a Native American language. You are climbing Schaghticoke Mountain and soon will pass through a reservation by the same name. There are only a few Schaghticokes in Connecticut today, but they are politically active. The trail follows numerous switchbacks over the next 2.8 mi. to the top of the mountain at 1300 ft. Though this is a Connecticut hike, the trail crosses the New York state border two times on the way up and on the way down, all on Schaghticoke Mountain.

Bulls Bridge Golf Course
Bulls Bridge Golf Club is a unique golf adventure, set in beautiful New England. The private Tom Fazio designed course is one of the top golf courses in the state of Connecticut.
(860) 927-7135 www.bullsbridgegolfclub.com

Bycicle Tour Group
getaway adventures designed and guided by cycling professionals. Van supported routes are available for all ability levels, with no pressure to ride fast or to bike on difficult terrain
1-888-711-KENT http://bicycletours.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kent is a town located the scenic northwest corner of Litchfield County, Connecticut, on the Housatonic River, alongside the border with New York. Incorporated in 1739, Kent has had a history as a farming community and thriving iron ore producer. It is now a rural community of about 3,000 residents. It has a lively mix of rural life, education and the arts, well represented in the many galleries downtown. Nearby parks & recreation: Kent Falls State Park, Lake Waramaug State Park, Macedonia Brook State Park, Appalachian Trail.

Long-time resident Henry Kissinger often conducts his television interviews from the town. Also, Seth MacFarlane, creator of the show,"Family Guy," was born and raised here. Patti LuPone, and Lynn Redgrave also live here. Kent is also home to three highly regarded New England prepratory boarding schools; The Kent School, The South Kent School and The Marvelwood School (Actor Ted Danson is a graduate of The Kent School).

Kent
Town Hall

Assessor's Office
860.927.3160
Kent Center School
860.927.3537
First Selectman
860.927.4627
Tax Collector
860.927.3269
Town Clerk
860.927.3433
Zoning Land Use
860.927.4625
   

 
ARTS


Foreign Cargo Gallery
Upstairs features authentic and museum quality artifacts, antiques, and furniture. Unique Handicrafts, Antiques, African, Asian and Pacific Island Art or Wearable Art and Jewelry
860.927.3900
www.foreigncargogallery.com


Heron American Craft
We represent over 100 American craftsmen in wide range of work from ceramics and blown glass, to jewelers and fiber artists.
860.927.4804
www.heroncraftgallery.com


Morrison Gallery
collectors will find signed original works by renknowned masters including David Armstrong, Cleve Gray, Herb Abrams, Eric Sloane, Paul Suttman, Peter Woytuk, and others, in addition to work of mid-career and emerging artists showing promise.
860.9274501
www.themorrisongallery.com

Ober Gallery
specializes in Contemporary, Russian Non-Conformist, German Neo-Realist, and Reductive Art.
6 N Main St, Kent 860.927.5030
www.obergallery.com


Gallery At Kent Art Association
This 83 yr. old association hosts representational paintings and sculptures by prominent northeast artists
21 S. Main St. Rte. 7 860.927-3989.
www.kentart.org

GOOD EATS

Bulls Bridge Inn
Dine on great steaks, fresh seafood or enjoy the salad bar. Maybe just a cocktail at the copper top bar. 333 Kent Road Kent 860.927.1000

Kent Coffee and Chocolate Company 
We feature over 100 Varieties of Coffees and Teas. Cappuccino, espresso, coffee, chai, hot chocolate and teas sold by the cup. Frozen cappuccino and fruit drinks to cool you in the summer. We also offer fresh-baked muffins, cookies and biscotti. Hand-dipped truffles,fudges and assorted chocolates including sugar-free and exotic tea chocolates made on premises. Open daily 7-5.
45 N Main St, Kent 860.927.1445



 

THINGS TO DO

Macedonia Brook State Park
300-acre Park, originated with a 1,552-acre gift from the White Memorial Foundation of Litchfield in 1918. The park's exciting terrain has resulted from the slow wearing down of its hard rock formation base. The Blue Trail crosses Cobble Mountain and several other peaks, offering outstanding views of the Catskills and Taconics
159 Macedonia Brook Road
860.927.3238 

Kent Falls State Park
Home to Connecticut's highest waterfalls. A staired path leads to the summit of the 200-ft. cascading falls, and a pleasant picnic area
rt 7 North of town

Sloane-Stanley Museum
A re-creation of Eric Sloane’s art studio and a display of 18th-century tools. A meeting place for those wishing to discover and share in the rich contributions of this great champion of early American life and values, celebrating the life and work of the most preeminent and prolific Americana philosopher, artist and early environmentalist, Eric Sloane
860.927.3849 
www.ericsloane.com

Conn. Antique Machinery Association Museum..which will appeal to the gearhead in anyone 31 Kent Cornwall Rd
860.927.0050
www.ctamachinery.com