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The Town of Greenwich is located in Fairfield County, Connecticut was named after the town of Greenwich located in Kent, England. It's situated on the southwest corner of Connecticut where it is bounded on the west and north by Westchester County, New York; on the east by the City of Stamford; and on the south by Long Island Sound. From its southern boundary, Long Island Sound, north through the “in town” neighborhoods and its 2 and 4-acre zones of mid and backcountry, the terrain moves from the level water-edged properties to wooded hills and rolling meadows.
History of Greenwich
Founded in 1640, Greenwich, known as the “Gateway to New England” is within an hour of New York City and major airports. Nearly 50 square miles, it includes the community neighborhoods of Byram, Glenville, Cos Cob, Riverside and Old Greenwich. Greenwich is unique in that it offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle while still retaining its quaint New England feel and friendliness.
On July 18, 1640, Daniel Patrick and Robert Feake, acting in the name of the New Haven Colony, purchased all the land between the Asamuck and Potommuck Brooks, in the area now known as Old Greenwich, from the Native American "owners" living in the area for a sum of "twentie-five coates." The deed was signed by representatives of the tribe and witnessed by Robert A. Heusted, Andrew Messenger, and other members of the tribe. Greenwich became the tenth town established in Connecticut between 1633 and 1640.
Keeping the “Green” in Greenwich, the town offers more than 4,000 acres of parks, preserves, and playgrounds. Throughout the 32 miles of shoreline are many public and private boating facilities and 4 sandy beaches, two of which are islands that can be reached by boat or ferry. There is also a public golf course and many public tennis courts, as well as a number of private golf and yacht clubs. In addition, for the outdoor enthusiast, there are over 150 miles of trails managed by the Greenwich Riding and Trails Association.
The same school system and town government serve all residents. Greenwich Public Schools have a history of educational excellence. There is one high school, three middle schools, and eleven elementary schools. For those who choose a private education, there are top-rated day schools for boys and girls, as well as those who offer a co-ed education. In addition, the University of Connecticut has a campus in nearby Stamford, Connecticut. The State University of New York, as well as Manhattanville College, are located in nearby Purchase, New York.
Greenwich Hospital, a member of the Yale New Haven Health System, has a reputation for its facilities and caring patient services. There are four libraries servicing Greenwich residents. They contain vast collections of print and non-print materials and an extensive business library. The American Association of Museums accredits the Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, where there are many rotating and permanent exhibits. The cultural atmosphere of Greenwich is further enriched by the Greenwich Art Society, Greenwich Arts Council, the Greenwich Choral Society and the Greenwich Symphony Orchestra. There are also various theater groups and a nearby professional theater to round out the arts.
Greenwich Avenue and its adjacent streets offer an array of shopping and service facilities. There are countless restaurants of diverse cuisines, styles and settings making it easy to choose between elegant dining and family style or easy dining and even fast food.
Mention Greenwich, Connecticut, anywhere and chances are people will have heard of it. Most will have a vision of stately country homes and waterfront estates occupied by the famous and successful. While this reputation is well deserved, Greenwich is much, much more.
Town of Greenwich Links
- Town Site
- Police Department
- Parks & Recreation
- Fire Departments
- Community Answers
- Metro-North, New Haven Line
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