The Town of Washington
Incorporated in 1799
Population: about 4,000
The town of Washington, named after General George Washington because of his travel in and around the area during the American Revolution, is known for its pastoral countryside, historic architecture, and the many civic and cultural activities that take place here. However, it’s the residents of Washington who make this such a vibrant community. With an active arts association, a bookstore drawing book-lovers far and wide (in addition to notable authors and lecturers), and a full calendar of volunteer and fundraising events, there’s always something “going on” in this active community.
Washington encompasses five villages:
In addition, the town includes four historic districts:
•The Washington Green Historic District—is in the Washington Depot area of town and is where the arts association, the bookshop, and Bryan Memorial Town Hall are located.
•The Calhoun-Ives Historic District—runs along Calhoun Street and Ives Road, where you can find many examples of 18th and 19th century farmhouses, open fields, and fruit orchards. It is the only historic district in Connecticut that is agricultural.
•The Sunny Ridge Historic District—is in the Washington Depot area of town and consists of 10 properties of historic significance, some dating back to Colonial times.
•The New Preston Hill Historic District – is a 210-acre district on a hill west of the village of New Preston. It includes 12 buildings including a school, parsonage, a horse barn, a tavern, several houses, and a sheep barn.