Greenwich

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HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: Named in 1640 after the town in England.

ORIGINS: The area was settled by people from Watertown, Mass., in 1640, as part of New Haven Colony. The Dutch claimed it in 1642, and the settlement remained part of New Netherland Colony until 1650, when the Dutch agreed to relinquish control to New Haven. A rebellious Greenwich refused to submit to the New Haven Colony until 1656. It was made a separate town in 1665.

DID YOU KNOW?: What is now known as Greenwich Point or Tod's Point was known as Elizabeth's Neck for many years, in honor of one of the founders, Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett, whose third marriage to her estranged husband's business manager scandalized Puritan society.

NOTABLE RESIDENTS: Greenwich has been home to many famous people, including entertainers Mel Gibson, Glenn Close, Mary Tyler Moore, Diana Ross, and Victor Borge; Olympic champion skater Dorothy Hamill; baseball hall of famer Tom Seaver; pro tennis player Ivan Lendl; New York Yankee Mark Teixeira, and author Truman Capote. U.S. Senate candidates Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon, and gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley, all live in Greenwich.

SOURCES: Connecticut Place Names; Connecticut State Register and Manual; The Hartford Courant

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