HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: From George
, who had traveled through the area on more than one occasion, and to commemorate the fact that it was the first town in
to be incorporated after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
ORIGINS: Settled in 1734 when Joseph Hurlbut moved into the eastern section of the area known as the North Purchase of
, later renamed Judea. The western part of the town, then belonging to
, was settled in 1741 and later renamed
. The town was incorporated in 1779 by combining the Parishes of Judea and New Preston with additional land taken from Litchfield and
DID YOU KNOW: The town's luxurious Mayflower Inn served as inspiration for the "Dragonfly Inn" in the television program Gilmore Girls (2000-2007), set in the fictitious Connecticut town of Stars Hollow.
FAMOUS RESIDENTS: Some of the town's notable residents have included entertainer
, actresses Linda Dano and
and educator and prominent abolitionist Frederick William Gunn.