New Milford, Connecticut

New Milford, Connecticut
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Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°35′N 73°24′W / 41.583°N 73.4°W / 41.583; -73.4Coordinates: 41°35′N 73°24′W / 41.583°N 73.4°W / 41.583; -73.4
Country United States
State Connecticut
NECTA Danbury
Region Housatonic Valley
Settled 1707
Incorporated 1712
Government
 - Type Mayor-council
 - Mayor Patricia A. Murphy
Area
 - Total 63.7 sq mi (165.0 km2)
 - Land 61.6 sq mi (159.5 km2)
 - Water 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
Elevation 282 ft (86 m)
Population (2005)[1]
 - Total 28,667
 - Density 465/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06755, 06776
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-52630
GNIS feature ID 0213474
Website www.newmilford.org

New Milford is a town in southern Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States 14 miles (23 km) north of Danbury, on the Housatonic River. It is the largest town in the state in terms of land area at nearly 62 square miles (161 km2). The population was 28,671 according to the Census Bureau's 2006 estimates.[1] The town center is also listed as a census-designated place (CDP).

New Milford is home to the Canterbury School, a well-known Roman Catholic boarding school. The school's Chapel of Our Lady features the Jose M. Ferrer Memorial Carillon. The house that inspired the 1946 novel and 1948 film, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, still stands in the Merryall section of town.

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History

Colonial times

In 1707, John Noble Sr., previously of Westfield, Massachusetts and his eight-year-old daughter Sarah Noble were the first Anglo-American settlers. (A public school was later named after Sarah Noble.) They were soon joined by others who had also bought land there.[2]

On October 17, 1711, twelve families (including about 70 people) petitioned the General Assembly to create the town, together with the associated privilege of levying a tax to support a minister. With the legislature's approval, the town was organized the next year. The residents soon secured Daniel Boardman to preach and he was ordained as the minister of the Congregational Church on November 21, 1716.[2][3]

American Revolution

Roger Sherman lived in New Milford before moving to New Haven in 1761.[2] He later became a member of the Continental Congress and signed both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution. The lot of his former house is the site of the present Town Hall.

During the American Revolution, the 7th Connecticut Regiment (also known as 19th Continental Regiment) was raised in town on September 16, 1776. The regiment, and the New Milford men in it, would see action in the Battle of Brandywine, Battle of Germantown and the Battle of Monmouth. In total, the town "sent 285 men to fight in the War out of a total population of 2,776."[2]

The Boardman family

Elijah Boardman, 1789, painted by Ralph Earl
  • David Sherman Boardman (1786–1864), was the youngest child of Deacon Sherman and Sarah (Bostwick) Boardman. He became a lawyer in town and later chief judge in Litchfield County Court. He served as judge of probate for the district of New Milford in 1805, and held the place by successive annual appointments for sixteen years. He was elected Representative to the General Assembly eight times.
  • Elijah Boardman (1760–1823) was a U.S. Senator representing Connecticut. Born in New Milford, he was educated by private tutors, and served in the American Revolutionary War.
  • William Whiting Boardman (1794–1871), a U.S. Representative born in town, was the son of Elijah Boardman. He was a Connecticut state senator in the fourth district, 1830–32, a member of the Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1836–39, 1845, and 1849–51; Speaker of the Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1836, 1839, and 1845; US Representative from Connecticut's second district, 1840-43. He died in New Haven, Connecticut, and is interred at Grove Street Cemetery in New Milford.

19th and 20th centuries

In the second half of the 19th century, many new industries came to town. The Water Witch Engine Company, local telephone and electricity companies, and newspapers were all founded. Factories in town made buttons, paint and varnish, hats, furniture, pottery, lime, dairy products and pasteboard, among other goods. Tobacco became the major crop in the area, and tobacco warehouses sprang up to handle its storage and processing before sales.[2]

In 1942 Buck's Rock Camp was founded off of Bucks Rock Road, and has remained in operation ever since.

The population of New Milford was 4,804 in 1900; by 1910, the population had grown to 5,010. As of 2002, the town had a population of approximately 28,000.

21st century

The town has constructed a 1,000,000 gallon sewer plant expansion on West Street, sewer pump station on Boardman Road, reconstruction of the Rte. 67/ Grove Street Intersection, and ambulance facility on Scovill Street.

The Town has additionally added a skate park at Young's Field (2006), reconstructed the Tennis and Basketball Courts at Young's Field (2010), reconstructed the Basketball Court at Williamson Park in Gaylordsville (2010), and several streetscape projects were completed by the Department of Public Works(DPW) with Grant money on Church Street, Whittlesey Avenue and the west side of East Street (2009/2010). Candlewoof Dog Park is completed on Pickett District Road.

Geography

New Milford is located on the northeastern shore of Lake Candlewood. The Aspetuck River, Still River and Housatonic River flow through the town.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 63.7 square miles (165 km2), making it the largest town in Connecticut. 61.6 square miles (160 km2) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) of it (3.31%) is water. The CDP corresponding to the town center has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2). 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.88%) is water.

Principal communities

Public library, built in 1897-1898, as it appeared c. 1905
  • Gaylordsville (06755)
  • Boardman Bridge
  • Lower Merryall
  • Merwinsville
  • New Milford Center
  • Northville
  • Park Lane
  • Still River
  • Upper Merryall
  • Lanesville
  • Downtown
  • SouthSide

Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 27,121 people, 10,018 households, and 7,273 families residing in the town. The population density was 440.4 people per square mile (170.0/km²). There were 10,710 housing units at an average density of 173.9 per square mile (67.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.33% White, 1.41% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.91% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.77% of the population.

There were 10,018 households out of which 38.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.0% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.4% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $65,354, and the median income for a family was $75,775. Males had a median income of $50,523 versus $34,089 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,630. About 2.1% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

Town center

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 6,633 people, 2,756 households, and 1,603 families residing in the town center CDP. The population density was 1,955.7 inhabitants per square mile (755.5/km²). There were 2,872 housing units at an average density of 846.8 per square mile (327.1/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.19% White, 1.82% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 2.11% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 1.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.09% of the population.

There were 2,756 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.4% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 35.9% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $48,186, and the median income for a family was $58,367. Males had a median income of $38,571 versus $26,833 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,912. About 3.7% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.7% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

As a suburb of Danbury, New Milford is served by fixed-bus routes of the Housatonic Area Regional Transit. The main highways of the town are Route 7 and Route 202. There is a proposal to electrify and extend the Danbury Branch of the Metro-North Railroad north of Danbury to New Milford.[5]

The long-awaited completion of Super 7 happened in November 2009. The realignment of Grove Street and Prospect Hill Road (Rte. 67) was completed in the Fall of 2010. The Department of Public Works (DPW) awarded Stimulus ARRA Project 95-249 Grove Street (south of Anderson Ave) and Boardman Road (west of O+G Quarry). This was completed in the fall of 2010.

Schools

Elementary:

  • Northville Elementary School,
  • Hill & Plain Elementary School,
  • John Pettibone Elementary School

Intermediate:

Middle:

  • Schaghticoke Middle School

Private Middle:

  • Faith Academy

High:

Private:

  • Canterbury School
  • Faith Preparatory

Sports

2009 New Milford High School Boys Cross Country(X-Country) won its ninth consecutive Southwest Conference(SWC) Title, won the Class L State Title, finished second in the state open and sixth in New England. New Milford High School Girls Cross Country won the Southwest Conference(SWC)title and placed second in the Class LL state meet. New Milford High School Boys Soccer team was a state finalist in class LL. New Milford High School Wrestling team snapped Danbury's 260-match win streak and ended the year ranked #1 in Connecticut.

2010

Population

Historical
population of
New Milford
[2]
1756 1,137
1774 2,776
1782 3,015
1790 3,167
1800 3,221
1810 3,537
1820 3,830
1830 3,979
1840 3,974
1850 4,058
1860 3,535
1870 3,586
1880 3,907
1890 3,917
1900 4,804
1910 5,010
1920 4,781
1930 4,700
1940 5,559
1950 5,799
1960 8,318
1970 14,601
1980 19,420
1990 23,629
2000 27,121
2006 28,671 (Estimate)

National Register of Historic Sites

  • Boardman's Bridge — Boardman Rd. at Housatonic River, NW of New Milford (added June 13, 1976)
  • Carl F. Schoverling Tobacco Warehouse — 1 Wellsville Ave. (added May 12, 1982)
  • E. A. Wildman & Co. Tobacco Warehouse — 34 Bridge St. (added November 20, 1988)
  • Hine-Buckingham Farms — 44,46, 48 Upland Rd., 78,81 Crossman Rd. (added June 7, 2004)
  • Housatonic Railroad Station — Railroad St. (added April 1, 1984)
  • J. S. Halpine Tobacco Warehouse — West and Mill Sts. (added 1982)
  • John Glover Noble House (added September 29, 1977)
  • Lover's Leap Bridge — S of New Milford on Pumpkin Hill Rd. (added June 13, 1976)
  • Merritt Beach & Son Building — 30 Bridge St. (added May 28, 1992)
  • Merryall Union Evangelical Society Chapel — Chapel Hill Rd. (added July 5, 1986)
  • New Milford Center Historic District — Bennitt and Elm Sts., Center Cemetery, East, S. Main, Mill, and Railroad Sts. (added July 13, 1986)
  • United Bank Building — 19-21 Main St. (added May 12, 1982)

Notable residents

Movies filmed in New Milford

The following movies with their actual or expected year of release have been filmed in New Milford:[8]

References

  1. ^ a b U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates
  2. ^ a b c d e "New Milford History", Learning Zone section, Historical Society of New Milford Website, accessed August 2, 2006
  3. ^ "History", New Milford Congregational Church, accessed 23 Dec 2010
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "New Milford Town Web Site 12/27/2007: Rail Study". http://www.newmilford.org/controls//eventview.aspx?MODE=SINGLE&ID=135. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  6. ^ Carlson, Wendy, "Did I Mention The Graves Out Back?", news article, The New York Times, page 1 of the "Real Estate" section, April 18, 2010, retrieved same day
  7. ^ Catlin, Roger (2001-02-01). "Vertical Horizon Reaches For Stars: From Acoustic To Metal, Band Finally Hits It Big". Hartford Courant. http://articles.courant.com/2001-02-01/features/0102011910_1_vertical-horizon-matt-scannell-new-rock-bands. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  8. ^ [1] "Internet Movie DataBase" Web site, "New Milford, Connecticut" Web page, accessed August 2, 2006

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