Woodbury CT History
The seasons in Woodbury are distinct and beautiful. The turning of the leaves is a highlight of every year and children of all ages look forward to the snow for sledding, skiing, and snowball fights. Spring promises renewal with budding trees and bright flowers while summer brings idyllic days of lazy afternoons, swimming and fishing, drinking lemonade and catching fireflies. The original settlers, colonists who came from Stratford in 1673, no doubt felt the same sense of wonder at nature that residents feel today.
Woodbury CT Architecture
Woodbury also has many architectural wonders to rival its beautiful geographic features. The Hurd House, built in 1680, is the oldest home in Litchfield County and one of only a few of its style from the time period in all of Connecticut. Today the Hurd House belongs to the Old Woodbury Historical Society. The Glebe House was built in 1750 with an interesting and unusual combination of saltbox and gambrel roof architecture. The No. 2 South Center District School building—a one room school house—was built in 1867 and was used for classes until 1900. The Archives Building, built in 1888, was the original Office of the Town Clerk. Today it houses the Library for the Old Woodbury Historical Society. The nearby Hotchkissville Historic District covers 3,200 acres with 160 buildings in a variety of architectural styles including Greek Revival, Colonial and Federal. Buildings were used for residences, commerce, animals and storage. Walking tours wind past these architectural treasures and other historical sites in Woodbury.
Perhaps the most famous resident of Woodbury was Leroy Anderson, a music composer. He lived in Woodbury from 1947 until his death in 1975. His best loved piece is undoubtedly “Sleigh Ride,” which he wrote during a heat wave in July 1947.
Woodbury CT Local Attractions
The town’s Parks and Recreation Department oversees two parks, Hollow Park and Orenaug Park. Hollow Park has athletic fields, playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, picnic areas and a trail along the Pomperaug River. Fishing derbies are a popular activity. The swimming area is used for lessons and open swimming from mid-June to the end of August. A trail at Orenaug Park leads to the observation tower where one can view the town, the valley and the river while enjoying the sights and sounds of nature. The Parks and Recreation Department offers programs, activities, field trips and classes for all ages.
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