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.
Connecticut | from The Connecticut Guide, 1935
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
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.
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.
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.
North Street | Roxbury, CT 06783
860. 354.3328 | Fax 860. 354.0560
Office hours vary by department
Roxbury Market & Deli
26 North St
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
Mine Hill Road, Roxbury, CT 06783. (860) 350-4148
Ethan Allen 1/21/1738–2/12/1789
Early American revolutionary and guerrilla leader, Green
Seth Warner 5/17/1743-12/26/1784 Green
Arthur Miller 10/17/1915–2/10/2005
Marilyn Monroe 6/1/1926–8/5/1962
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
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,
Graydon Carter Editor, Vanity Fair