The Town of Goshen
Incorporated in 1739
Population: about 2,470
Located in the heart of Litchfield County is Goshen, a small New England town that has much to offer! Goshen is the most elevated township in all of Connecticut, and as such, offers some breathtaking vistas of the nearby countryside. As well, Goshen is known for its good grazing land, attracting dairy farmers both in the past and today. In fact, Goshen has been referred to as the “Land of Milk and Honey” a reference to its ties to agriculture. During the American Revolution, Goshen produced muskets for the militia—and later became a thriving business community with its own pottery shop and kiln.
Today, the town center is a charming New England village that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its fine examples of Greek Revival and Federal architecture. Here you’ll find the white Congregational Church built in 1740 as well as Goshen Academy, now known as Eagle Hall and which houses the town’s library. Nearby is The Goshen Playhouse, home to the Goshen Players, as well as the West Goshen historic district with more fine examples of architecture dating from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Two wineries, offering Connecticut varieties, are also located close to the town center along with an artisanal chocolatier and cheese-maker using milk from their own dairy cows.
West of the village is the community of Tyler Lake as well as Woodridge Lake, a private lake community with a clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, and boat docks for members.
Perhaps the best-known destination in town is the Goshen Fairgrounds. During the spring, summer, and fall, the Fairgrounds hosts numerous events, including:
- The Goshen Fair, an agricultural fair held each year on Labor Day weekend
- The Connecticut Wine Festival
- The 4-H Fair
- The Northwest Connecticut Dog Show
- The Litchfield Jazz Festival
- The Housatonic Horse Show
Town Information: http://www.goshenct.gov/Pages/GoshenCT_WebDocs/about
School Information: http://www.rsd6.org/