All About: Newtown

Population: About 25,000 

County: Fairfield

Size: 60.38 square miles

History: Formerly Quanneapague, the land that makes up Newtown was purchased from the Pohtatuck Indians in 1705 and incorporated in 1711. Sure, early in the American Revolutionary War some French troops camped out in present day Newtown, on their way to Yorkstown, VA where the revolutionary war ended… but the real exciting history of Newtown is the fact that it’s the birthplace of a little game we like to call Scrabble. The first versions of the board game were manufactured in a converted schoolhouse in the Dodgingtown section of Newtown.

Something Weird: The Edmond Town Hall houses some of Newtown’s town offices, which is weird because one would think it would be named the Newtown Town Hall.  The building, constructed in the 1930’s, has a few other tricks up it’s sleeve. In addition to town offices, the building includes a banquet space available for event rentals as well as a movie theater which runs second run films which are no longer in theaters but not yet available on DVD.

 

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