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Encyclopedia > Woodbridge, Connecticut

Woodbridge is a town located in New Haven County, Connecticut. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 8,983. New Haven County is located in the south central part of the state of Connecticut. ...

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History

Woodbridge was originally called "Amity", having been carved out of land originally belonging to New Haven and Milford as an independent parish in 1739. In 1742, the Rev. Benjamin Woodbridge was ordained in Amity, and it is after him that the modern town was named. Nickname: The Elm City Official website: www. ... Milford town hall. ...


In 1661, the town was the location of one of the hideouts of the "Regicides" -- judges who had signed the death warrant for King Charles I of England. The ruins of their hideout can be found nearby the West Rock hills, which run along the town's eastern border. Charles I (19 November 1600 – 30 January 1649) was King of England, Scotland, and Ireland from 27 March 1625 until his execution in 1649. ... West Rock is a traprock hill that rises to the northwest of downtown New Haven, Connecticut. ...


In the modern era, Woodbridge has undergone significant suburbanization, although the majority of homes in town are located on large plots of land. The town also serves as the location of Amity High School, which it shares under a tri-partite school system arrangement with the neighboring towns of Bethany and Orange. It is also home to Ezra Academy, a Jewish day school, and Beecher Road School, an elementary school for grades k-6. Amity High School is a regional high school system located in Woodbridge, Connecticut and organized to provide high school education (grades 9-12) for the children of the residents of the three towns of Woodbridge, Orange and Bethany. ... Bethany is a town located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ... Orange is a town located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ...


Woodbridge is one of the wealthiest towns in Connecticut, ranking 15th in the state in terms of per capita income. Connecticut is the richest state in the United States of America, with a per capita income of $28,766 (2000) and a personal per capita income of $43,173 (2003). ...


Geography

Woodbridge is informally divided into two distinct parts: central Woodbridge, which occupies the western hilly side of town, and the area known as The Flats, which occupies the eastern slice of town bordering the less wealthy West Rock and the New Haven neighborhood of Westville. The Flats is an informal neighborhood located in the southeastern end of Woodbridge, Connecticut, in the valley that runs between the hilly western part of town and the rock formation known as West Rock. ... West Rock is a traprock hill that rises to the northwest of downtown New Haven, Connecticut. ... This article is about the city in Connecticut. ... Westville is a neighborhood of the city of New Haven, Connecticut located in the northwestern part of the city, primarily bordering the neighboring town of Woodbridge, Connecticut, the neighborhood of West Rock-Westhills, and the geographic landmark of West Rock. ...


Interesting facts

Municipal government is currently headed by first selectman Edward Sheehey, elected in April 2006 to replace Amey Marella who stepped down to accept a job as Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. Before assuming the post of first selectwoman she was an attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


The sulfur match was invented in Woodbridge by Samuel Beecher and Thomas Sanford in 1835. A match is a simple and convenient means of producing fire under controlled circumstances on demand. ...


External links

  • Town of Woodbridge official Web site
  • Beecher Road School
  • Amity Regional School District
  • Troop 963

 
 

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