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Town of WASHINGTON

 

 

 

Facts of Interest


Year Town Incorporated: 1779
Form of Government: Board of Selectmen
Geographic Location; NW Tip of Region
Geographic Area; 38.7 mi²
Current Population: Est. 4,000 (2000 Census)
Median Household Income: $80,745
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Danbury, CT (22.2 miles , pop. 74,848).
State Lands: Kent Falls State Park; Lake Waramaug State Park; Macedonia Brook State Park; Wyantenock State Forest
Federal Lands:

Recreation:

Washington History

 

WASHINGTON, Connecticut
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The eastern section of what is now Washington was settled by Joseph Hurlbut in 1734 and was known as the Parish of Judea and belonged to Woodbury. The western section was known as the Parish of New Preston and belonged to New Milford. The present town was incorporated in 1779, being named in honor of General George Washington, who traveled through the area several times during wartime. For many years, Washington was principally a farming community. Among early local industries were ironworks and quarries as well as small mills and factories run by waterpower along the Shepaug and Aspetuck Rivers.

 

Private institutions:

Rumsey Hall School is a private boarding and country day school for kindergarten through ninth grade. Founded in 1900 the school moved to its current location in 1949, at which point it became coeducational. As of 2005, the school enrolled about 300 students and employs 55 full- and part-time faculty members. The school has 29 buildings on 147 acres (0.59 km2) along the Bantam River.
http://www.rumseyhall.org

The Gunnery, founded in 1850, is a coeducational boarding and day prep school for 295 students in grades nine through twelve. The school has a 220-acre (0.89 km2) campus bordering the village green of Washington. The Gunnery is an integrated living and learning community characterized by high expectations, trusting relationships and pervasive warmth. Many of the most important lessons you will learn will be on athletic teams, in community service and theatrical productions and in the dorms with friends. Our small scale and our advisor/advisee system allows students and faculty to develop close, enduring relationships. The Gunnery is also a diverse, global community offering a framework for your understanding of an increasingly complex world. Gunnery students come from 15 countries and 20 states; 38% of the student body receives some financial assistance based on need
http://www.gunnery.org .



The Devereux Glenholme School is a therapeutic boarding school for children situated on over 100 acres (0.40 km2). The Glenholme School is a specialized boarding school that provides a therapeutic program and exceptional learning environment to address varying levels of academic, social and emotional development in boys and girls ages 10 to 18.

The goal is to prepare our graduates for continued education in traditional schools, boarding schools, colleges and universities.

SPECIALIZING IN:
Asperger’s/ADHD, emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities
Career Exploration
Multimedia Curriculum
Motivational Management Relationship mentoring
Self-discipline strategies Social Coaching
Positive Behavior Supports Character development

81 Sabbaday Lane, Washington, Connecticut 06793, t: 860.868.7377, f: 860.868.7413
www.theglenholmeschool.org

 

 

BANTAM

BRIDGEWATER

CAANAN

CORNWALL

GOSHEN

KENT

LAKEVILLE

LITCHFIELD

NEW MILFORD

ROXBURY

SALISBURY

SHARON

SHERMAN

WARREN

WASHINGTON

 

 

 

 

Washington is one of Connecticut's most scenic small towns, tucked into the foothills of Connecticut's Berkshire Mountains and accented by the natural beauty of Lake Waramaug, the Shepaug River, and the Bantam River. The town of Washington covers 38.7 square miles of Litchfield County, a section of the state known for its rolling hills, open space, and cultural pursuits.

The Town of Washington encompasses the following Villages:
• Washington Depot
• Washington (or Washington Green)
• New Preston
• Marbledale (or Marble Dale)

Washington Town Hall

9:00 AM - Noon, 1:00 PM - 4:45 PM
860-868-2786

 

 

ARTS

WASHINGTON ART ASSOCIATION
Washington Depot, CT 06794
860.868.2878
a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers, was established in 1952 by a group of local artists seeking ways to better connect with fellow artists in the community. Their goals were to promote an understanding and appreciation of art and to encourage and facilitate the study and practice of the arts.
http://www.washingtonart.org/

GOOD EATS

Boulders Inn
New Preston - (860) 868-0541
Highlights of the Zagats Review:"The country inn you've always hoped to find", this "cozy, romantic and relaxing" New American "justifies the trek" to New Preston's Lake Waramaug; on "lazy summer evenings", "excellent food" is served on a "charming terrace overlooking the lake", while in Winter, the "elegant" dining room is the focus.
http://bouldersinn.com/

Crossroads Cafe
(860) 868-1006
5 Kirby Rd, Washington, CT 06793

Hopkins Inn
New Preston - (860) 7295
Sitting high above the northern shore of Lake Waramaug, the Hopkins Inn has welcomed travelers since 1847. Guests enjoy expansive views of the lake, the Berkshire foothills, and neighboring vineyards from the dining areas and guest rooms. In addition, guests have access to the waters of the lake through the Hopkins Inn beach, located a short distance from the inn. Adirondack chairs on the lawn provide a pleasant afternoon's rest and are just steps above the sandy shoreline.
http://www.thehopkinsinn.com/

G. W. Tavern - Washington Depot
20 Bee Brook Road Washington Depot, CT 06794
(860) 868-6633
Our food is a rich blend of the traditional & the contemporary. Recent food items have included everything from the luxurious Kobe Beef, to locally raised venison, quail, and duck. As the weather warms and seasons change, our menu reflects the wide range of local crops, and seafood. Tomatoes, arugula, basil to mention a few items from Waldingfield organic farm, will transform to a variety of daily specials. Shad roe and soft-shell crabs will be available as well as wonderful swordfish from the Grand Banks
http://gwtavern.com/home.php

Mayflower Inn
Washington - (860) 868-9466
Luxuriously nestled amidst 58 acres of century old rhododendron and specimen trees, the Inn is surrounded by the vast acreage of the nearby Steep Rock Reserve and the spectacular Shepaug River. The Inn's superb setting combines with the elegance of five-star accommodations. Once you've settled into one of our romantic, rooms and suites you might simply luxuriate or you might choose instead to hike, kayak, play tennis, or practice putting before returning to the Inn to enjoy the seasonal pleasures of your own fireplace and a tub deep enough to soak away all stress.
http://www.mayflowerinn.com/home_inn.shtml


Pantry
Titus Park,Washington Depot (860) 868-0258
Celebrating 28 years as northwest Connecticut's outpost for imported and domestic artisan and specialty foods. Continental breakfast, luncheon, and afternoon tea is served at café tables surrounded by hand painted pottery, kitchenware and culinary gifts. Picnic boxes, take out foods, fresh bakery, and exceptional catering available. Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 6

Washington Pizza House
River Road Washington (860) 868-0198

White Horse
(formerly the pub) has undergone a complete transformation with a ground up rebuild. Beautifully designed, with a new layout, riverviews, deck and patio.
Owner John Harris, has tastefully displayed his British roots throughout the two dining areas, stocking them with antiques, artifacts and local art, with one side of the restaurant having more of a "feminine feel and the other a masculine." The pub's official birthday took place on June 25th.
Once a damsel in distress and now after approximately 6 months of hard work, the restaurant has been totally rebuilt from the ground up and includes an entirely new high-tech kitchen. The hardwood floors are sprinkled with solid Oak tavern tables, with one in particular revealing intricately carved details-an Elizabethan table from the year 1580 with its former residence being a castle in london. And behind the breathtaking Mahogany bar, rests an Indian Scout motorcycle from 1920. The welcoming deck and patio complete the "great American pub with English influence" theme. In fact, it's quite possible that you will immediately find yourself taking more than one cleansing breath as you look outside to view the water flowing down the river while you eat, drink and make merry.
A New Tale To Tell By Janine Graffeo
258 New Milford Tpke, Washington, CT 06777
860.868.1496

http://whitehorsecountrypub.com

 

THINGS TO DO

HOPKINS VINEYARD
25 Hopkins Road
New Preston, CT 06777
(860)868-7954

Set on the northern shore of Lake Waramaug, Hopkins Vineyard, a family-owned Connecticut Century Farm, proudly maintains a tradition of making fine wines of award- winning quality
http://www.hopkinsvineyard.com/index.asp

Institute For American Indian Studies
38 Curtis Road Washington, CT 06793
(860)868-0518
Edmund K. 'Ned' Swigart, an instructor at the Gunnery School, led the Wappinger Chapter of the Connecticut Archaeological Society from 1966 to 1970 with a focus on the Kirby Brook Site digs. In 1971, the chapter was incorporated as the Shepaug Valley Archaeological Society. With their collections growing and no place to exhibit them, co-founders Ned Swigart and Sidney Hessel began a capital campaign to raise monies and the American Indian Archaeological Institute was born. In 1975 the AIAI Visitor Center was officially dedicated. In 1978 the longhouse classroom and research library were opened and one year later the outdoor replicated Algonkian Indian Village was created.
http://www.birdstone.org/

 

SERVICES