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Encyclopedia > Barkhamsted, Connecticut
Barkhamsted, Connecticut
Location in Connecticut
Location in Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°55′45″N 72°58′20″W / 41.92917, -72.97222
NECTA Hartford
Region Litchfield Hills
Incorporated 1779
Government
 - Government type Selectman-town meeting
 - First Selectman Donald S. Stein
Area
 - Total 100.5 km² (38.8 sq mi)
 - Land 93.8 km² (36.2 sq mi)
 - Water 6.8 km² (2.6 sq mi)
Elevation 171 m (561 ft)
Population (2005)[1]
 - Total 3,711
 - Density 40/km² (103/sq mi)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06063, 06065
Area code(s) 860
FIPS code 09-02760
GNIS feature ID 0213386
Website: Barkhamsted

Barkhamsted is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut and contains six villages, West Hill, Mallory, Center Hill, Washington Hill, Pleasant Valley and Riverton. The population was 3,494 at the 2000 census. Barkhamsted was named after Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England.[1] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Official language(s) none (de facto English) Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport[2] Largest metro area Hartford Metro Area[3] Area  Ranked 48th in the US  - Total 5,543[4] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... A New England City and Town Area or NECTA is a geographic entity in the New England region of the United States. ... The Board of Selectmen is commonly the executive arm of town government in New England. ... The First Selectman (sometimes Selectwoman depending on the preference of the person holding the office) is the traditional head of the Board of Selectmen of a New England town. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... The Eastern Standard Time Zone is a geographic region that keeps time by subtracting five hours from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating telephone number ranges to countries, regions, areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks such as mobile phone networks. ... Area code 860 is a telephone area code that covers the eastern and northwestern parts of Connecticut. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... The system of local government in use in New England is very different from that found throughout the rest of the United States. ... Litchfield County is located in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Connecticut. ... Official language(s) none (de facto English) Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport[2] Largest metro area Hartford Metro Area[3] Area  Ranked 48th in the US  - Total 5,543[4] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... , Berkhamsted is an historic town of some 19,000 people. ... For the similarly named county in the West Midlands region, see Herefordshire. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.8 square miles (100.6 km²), of which, 36.2 square miles (93.8 km²) of it is land and 2.6 square miles (6.8 km²) of it (6.72%) is water. A high percentage of the land in the town is owned by the State of Connecticut as state forest (People's State Forest and American Legion State Forest) and by the Metropolitan District Commission as water supply area. Major bodies of water include the Barkhamsted Reservoir, Lake McDonough, and the Farmington River. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ...


Principal communities

  • Barkhamsted Center
  • Center Hill
  • Pleasant Valley
  • Riverton

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 3,494 people, 1,334 households, and 1,036 families residing in the town. The population density was 96.5 people per square mile (37.2/km²). There were 1,436 housing units at an average density of 39.6/sq mi (15.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.54% White, 0.06% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of encyclopedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 1,334 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.2% were married couples living together, 6.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.3% were non-families. 16.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 2.95. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the town the population was spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 4.8% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 28.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 101.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.8 males.


The median income for a household in the town was $65,972, and the median income for a family was $73,218. Males had a median income of $51,925 versus $38,102 for females. The per capita income for the town was $28,961. About 1.8% of families and 3.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.8% of those under age 18 and 1.4% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...

Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 25, 2005[2]
Party Active Voters Inactive Voters Total Voters Percentage
  Republican 707 21 728 28.26%
  Democratic 598 13 611 23.72%
  Unaffiliated 1,175 46 1,221 47.40%
  Minor Parties 15 1 16 0.62%
Total 2,495 81 2,576 100%

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Services

The town of Barkhamsted has one elementary school located in the village of Pleasant Valley. Its high school and middle school students attend Northwestern Regional 7 with students from three neighboring towns.


There are three fire departments located in Barkhamsted. The Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Riverton Volunteer Fire Company, and Barkhamsted East Volunteer Fire Company. The town employs one paid daytime driver/firefighter to assist the volunteers during normal work hours.


Transportation

Route 181 is the main highway through the town center. The village of Riverton is located along Route 20 and the village of Pleasant Valley is off Route 44 (via Route 318). Route 20 is a 31. ... U.S. Route 44 is an east-west United States highway that runs for 238 miles (383 km) from Plymouth, Massachusetts to the Hudson Valley region of New York. ...


Points of Interest

"West view of Hitchcocksville, Barkhamsted" by John Warner Barber, 1830s
"West view of Hitchcocksville, Barkhamsted" by John Warner Barber, 1830s

Home of the historical Saville Dam, Barkhamsted Reservoir, and People's State Forest. This one traffic light town is also the site of the Pleasant Valley Drive-In Movie Theater and Hitchcock Fine Home Furnishings. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... John Warner Barber (born February 2, 1798- died June 1885), an engraver whose books of state, national, and local history featured his vivid illustrations, said[1] to have caught the flavor and appearance of city, town, and countryside scenes in his day. ...


In Spring of 2006, Hitchcock Fine Home Furnishings closed their flagship retail store in Riverton. This news was a major disappointment to the other businesses and residents of the town.


Within the Barkhamsted Reservoir lies the foundations of Barkhamsted Hollow, an original portion of town that was purchased by The Metropolitan District Commission during The Great Depression. This area was intentionally flooded following the construction of the Saville Dam. Barkhamsted Hollow was a village in northwestern Connecticut. ...


The center of town contains the Pleasant Valley General Store, the Barkhamsted Elementary School, the Drive-In, the Post Office, and the Town Hall.


A section of Barkhamsted is called Riverton, which holds a post office, the Riverton General store, Sweetpea's Restaurant, Greenwood Glass Blowing Studio and Gallery, and the Riverton Inn. Two major points of interest in Riverton were once the Hitchcock Factory and the Sweet Shop, but both closed down in the Spring of 2006. This is also the location of the Annual Riverton Fair, which takes place in early October of each year. The Riverton Fair is the last fair of the year in Connecticut.


On the National Register of Historic Places

  • American Legion Forest CCC Shelter — west side of West River Road, American Legion State Forest (added October 4, 1986)
  • Barkhamsted Center Historic District — 119, 131 Center Hill Road; 2,5,6,8 Old Town Hall Road (added 1999)
  • Beaver Meadow Complex Prehistoric Archeological District (added October 21, 1988)
  • Old Riverton Inn — 436 E. River Rd. (added August 24, 1992)
  • Peoples Forest Museum — Greenwood Road, Peoples State Forest (added October 4, 1986)
  • William Jr. House — 5 Mountain Road (added May 14, 1999)
  • The Riverton Historic District — (added May 15, 2007)

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References

  1. ^ U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates
  2. ^ Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 25, 2005 (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Retrieved on 2006-10-02.

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