Are you thinking of moving to Newtown, CT and would like to know more about the different sections of town? In this blog entry, we'll give you a brief desciption of each section. Here we go:
- The Borough - is basically the center of town in Newtown near the flagpole. Homes in the Borough pay an extra tax (the Borough Tax) and many residents have public water and sewers.
- Dodgingtown - is located along Route 302 and borders Bethel. It is rumoured that Dodgingtown received its name way because the Bethel tax collector would come to collect taxes and the residents would say they were a part of Newtown. When the Newtown tax collector came to collect the taxes, the residents would say that they were a part of Bethel. Essentially, they were dodging the tax collector.
- Hattertown - is located in the Southwest section of Newtown (Hattertown Road will bring you right there). Hattertown received it's name because hat manufacturing was a big industry in Danbury and Bethel. Some hatters from Danbury relocated to Hattertown and opend up shop. The hat business in Newtown didn't last too long, but the name remains.
- Huntingtown - is located in southern Newtown close to Monroe and to the the west of Route 25. Huntingtown was where the Jewish population in Newtown lived.
- Botsford - is located adjacent to Huntingtown, but on the east side of Route 25. Botsford is an old Newtown name & I assume it was named for the family.
- Sandy Hook - is a large section of Newtown. Sandy Hook Center is the "downtown" of Sandy Hook. Sandy Hook is where the industrial part of town was approximately 100 years ago. People who lived in Newtown proper considered Sandy Hook to be more of a working class area, as many of the workers lived within walking distance of work. These two parts of town are now on par with one another. There are many newer homes in Sandy Hook than in other parts of Newtown.
- Hawleyville - is located near Exit 9 off I-84. A lot of railway lines used to pass through Hawleyville, but not any more. There is still rail service through Hawleyville, but now 2-3 trains pass through. Hawleyville is where the "teaball" was invented. This later became the teabag.
- Taunton - is located south of Hawleyville - also near Exit 9. Taunton Lake has non-motorized boats on it.
There were other sections of Newtown, but you rarely hear of them now. An example is Palestine. All that is left of Palestine is a road with its name and a schoolhouse. Cedarhurst is another example. Cedarhurst is a water community located along Lake Zoar.
We hope this is helpful to you. If you have any questions about the sections of Newtown, please email us.