Washington is a rural town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, in the New England region of the United States. Washington is known for its picturesque countryside, historic architecture, and active civic and cultural life. The town has strong ties to New York City, and is home to many cultural and business elites.
In 1734, Joseph Hurlbut settled the eastern section of what is now Washington, marking the beginning of the town’s inhabitation by colonists. The area around the Hurlbut homestead came to be known as the Judea Parish, a name preserved in the still active Judea Cemetery. The area was initially part of Woodbury.
In 1746, Edward Cogswell secured the right to mine iron ore, as part of the New Milford North Purchase, and established ironworks along the East Aspetuck River in New Preston. 1746 also marked the purchase of land from the Wyantenock tribe by the Averill family for a homestead on Baldwin Hill, which is still occupied and farmed by direct descendants of the original inhabitants.
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