Town of ROXBURY
Facts of Interest
Year Town Incorporated: 1796
Form of Government: Board of Selectmen
Geographic Location; SE Tip of Region
Geographic Area; 26.3 mi²
Current Population: Est. 2,136 (2000 census)
Median Household Income: $87,794
Average Home Price: $378,098 (‘94)
Public Safety: Resident State Trooper
Health Care: Extensive
Sales Tax: 6%
Roxbury offers many unique events for locals and explorers into the community. The town’s popular Pickin’ and Fiddlin’ Contest entices musicians from throughout the region as they compete with special techniques to produce the unique sound of traditional “Mountain Music”. Onlookers from near and far come to Roxbury to cheer them on and revel in the festivities.
The Tractor Parade is also an exciting event, put together by some local boys Mark Murray, Bill Petruno & Bill Steers. Tractors big and small gather behind the Old school house, get in line then parade down South Street the tractors end their day at the Pavilion for a Pot Luck Picnic.
Roxbury, Connecticut | from The Connecticut Guide, 1935
Roxbury was settled about 1713, as a part of Woodbury. A parish was organized in 1743, and a town incorporated in 1796. The name, which we find also in Massachusetts, probably comes from the shire of Roxbury in Scotland. The town is mountainous, with the gorge of the Shepaug River to the west.
Entering the town from Washington by R. 131, Roxbury Fire Tower on Painters Hill lies about 2 miles to the east, with a fine view in all directions. Turning west to Judd's Bridge, and going south along the Shepaug. we reach a ravine in about a mile; on the hillside to the south of it is Gamaliel's Den, with a tradition of counterfeiters. At Roxbury Station, near the barn of C. W. Hodge. on the east side of the river, we find a large boulder known as Pulpit Rock, from which John Eliot is said to have preached to the Indians. Mine Hill lies to the west of the river. reached by a dirt road north from the Station. A silver mine was opened here in early days.
Ethan Allen had an interest in it at one time, and Jahez Bacon of Southbury bought up the various titles, which were subject to endless litigation. Later, the mine was found to contain spathic iron, specially adapted to steel making, and a small smelting furnace was built. No commercial mining has been done since 1871, but it is used for demonstration purposes by the School of Mines of Columbia University. The ore vein is along a fault zone, and is a source of many interesting mineral specimens. Ruins of the old smelting furnace can be seen on the west side of the river near the Station. Mine Hill also has granite quarries, and many churches and other buildings in surrounding towns have been built of this stone.
Roxbury Center is reached by R. 67, or by R. 131 from Washington. On the triangular village Green is a monument to Seth 1Warner (1743-1784) who moved to Vermont and was associated with Ethan Allen. He was one of the leaders of the Green Mountain Boys and captured Crown Point, later returning to Roxbury. The original gravestone is in the burial ground at the old center, 2 1/2 miles farther east. The third of the famous Vermont leaders, Remember Baker (1737-1775) lived about 1 mile west of the village, in the old house on the north side of the road.
Christ Church, west of the Green, has a lectern and pulpit of Mine Hill stone. The ironwork in the church. made by a farmer parishioner, includes two small crosses of the local spathic iron. The original part of the Episcopal Rectory, north of the Church, was built as a tavern before 1740. Southwest of the Green are two good Colonial houses, built about 1784: the Asahel Bacon House on the west of the street, and the Gen. Ephraim Hinman House on the east. To the southeast, where R. 67 turns the corner, is the Preston House of about the same date.
Route 131, only partly improved, leads south to *Roxbury Falls. The beautiful rapids, where the Shepaug flows between high cliffs, are 2 mile north, reached by a dirt road. Keeping south, beyond the turn to Roxbury Falls, almost to the Southbury line, we come to the Roxbury Garnet Mine. It is an open pit mine, where material was obtained for use in abrasives. One can find beautifully shaped crystals of brown garnet. Following H. 67 southeast to Southbury, Tophet Ravine lies 1/2 mile to the east, in about 2 miles. The highway makes an attractive drive, and there are some old houses along the way.
Set among the rolling hills on picturesque Route 67, the name Roxbury is all that it implies. Named for its most rugged terrain, Roxbury is a treasure of scenic delights. Lake Lillinonah lies partially within the town’s borders. Nature preserves, waterfalls, scenic lookout points, and other environmental treats abound. Roxbury, whose Indian name was "Shepaug", a Mohegan name signifiying "rocky water", was settled about the year 1713.
Roxbury Town Hall
29 North Street | Roxbury, CT 06783
860. 354.3328 | Fax 860. 354.0560
Office hours vary by department
Maple Bank Farm
Is one of the oldest family-run farms in the United States. It has been in the Hurlbut family since its formation in the late 1700’s. Jonathon Hurlbut has farmed in Roxbury since the early 1700’s. The Hurlbut’s settled the original farm in the center of Roxbury on six acres, granted to him by the King of England. He established what is now Maple Bank Farm in 1730, (with a tiny house within 100 feet of the current farm stand). The original foundation can still be seen today. Started as a subsistence farm with cows, sheep, and pigs Maple Bank Farm grew under the stewardship of descendants of Jonathon into 83 acres providing fruit, vegetables, wool, and much more.
57 Church St., Rt. 317 Roxbury
firstname.lastname@example.org 860.354.7038 www.maplebankfarm.com
Since colonial times, the farm has passed through the hands of four different families who raised crops and milked cows. Currently, Riverbank Farm grows a diversity of certified organic vegetables, cut flowers and hay in Roxbury, Connecticut. Nourished by the fertile bottomland soil of the Shepaug River, the farm uses no herbicides, synthetic fertilizers or synthetic pesticides.
33 River Road,Roxbury
Roxbury Market & Deli
Quaint market with good coffee, sandwiches and pantry staples
26 North St Roxbury 860.355.0733
Casual BYOB eatery offering French-American fare & pastries in a bright venue
with weekend brunch
162 Baker Rd Roxbury 860.210.0613
THINGS TO DO
Double D Living History Farm
Displaying over 100 antique farm tractors (1903 -1954), 50 garden tractors, old trucks and farm equipment on a 650-acre farm. Group or individual tours available by appt.
102 Painter Hill Rd., Roxbury, CT 06783. 860.354.0649.
Roxbury Land Trust
360-acre Mine Hill Preserve, on the National Register of Historic Places, is the site of a 19th century iron ore mining complex
Mine Hill Road, Roxbury, CT 06783.
Ethan Allen 1/21/1738–2/12/1789 Early American revolutionary and guerrilla leader, Green Mountain Boys
Seth Warner 5/17/1743-12/26/1784 Green Mountain Boys
Arthur Miller 10/17/1915–2/10/2005 American playwright
Marilyn Monroe 6/1/1926–8/5/1962 Actress
Alexander Calder 7/22/1898-11/11/1976 American sculptor and artist
Frank McCourt Author, Angela's Ashes
Stephen Sondheim Broadway playwright
Dustin Hoffman Actor
Denis Leary Actor
Mercer Mayer Children's book author (Little Critter)
Everett Hurlburt 7/31/1863-7/1971 Inventor of Aqua Velva aftershave
Richard Widmark 12/26/1914–3/24/2008 Actor
William Styron 6/11/1925-11/1/2006 Author, Sophie's Choice
Graydon Carter Editor, Vanity Fair