Newtown is a scenic “small town” located in Fairfield County in southwestern Connecticut, about sixty miles from New York City. Newtown is bordered on the south by Easton and Redding, on the north by Bridgewater and Southbury, on the east by Oxford and Monroe, and on the west by Bethel and Brookfield. Newtown is traversed by Interstate 84, U.S. routes 6 and 302 and Connecticut routes 25 and 34. It covers 38,644 acres or 60.38 square miles, making it the fifth largest town, area-wise, in the state. Newtown was established in 1711 and is comprised of the Borough, Sandy Hook, Hawleyville, Botsford, and Dodgingtown neighborhoods.
Newtown successfully combines the rural charm of a New England small town with the sophistication and amenities of metropolitan suburbs. Citizens enjoy the use of many multi-functional facilities including the Edmond Town Hall, Cyrenius H. Booth Library, The Meeting House and Ram Pasture for recreation, art, music, movies and cultural events.
Since the Stevenson Dam was completed in 1919, which created Lake Zoar, the town has attracted a large summer colony. Corporate headquarters and utility offices have replaced the local industries, but the town retains its rural character and the picturesque qualities of its location atop a scenic ridge.
The town parks are open to the residents at no charge but permits are required on vehicles entering the parks. Dickinson Park with a swimming pool, playground, tennis and basketball courts, softball field, picnic area, pavilion, children’s day camp in the summer and ice skating in the winter. Treadwell Park requires a swimming pool pass and has a kiddie pool, soccer and softball fields, pavilion (may be rented), and tennis courts. Lake Lillinonah Park has a boat launch (ramp pass required), picnic tables and grills. A popular spot for fishing, boating, water-skiing and canoeing.
Newtown is known for its all-inclusive equestrian trails with its 2,670 acres of state-owned open space lands, including 400 acres of undeveloped, picturesque and heavily wooded land for recreation.