Easton, Connecticut

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Easton, Connecticut
Town
Official seal of Easton, Connecticut
Seal
Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Location in Fairfield County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°15′57″N 73°18′03″W / 41.26583°N 73.30083°W / 41.26583; -73.30083Coordinates: 41°15′57″N 73°18′03″W / 41.26583°N 73.30083°W / 41.26583; -73.30083
Country United States
State Connecticut
NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford
Region Greater Bridgeport
Incorporated 1845
Government
 • Type Selectman-town meeting
 • First selectman Adam Dunsby
Area
 • Total 28.6 sq mi (74.1 km2)
 • Land 27.4 sq mi (71.0 km2)
 • Water 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
Elevation 301 ft (92 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,490
 • Density 260/sq mi (100/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06612
Area code(s) 203
FIPS code 09-23890
GNIS feature ID 0213427
Website www.eastonct.gov
Town hall
Easton Volunteer Emergency Medical Service

Easton is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 7,490 at the 2010 census.[1] Easton contains the historic district of Aspetuck.

The town is situated amongst Redding, Monroe, Trumbull, Fairfield, Weston, and Newtown.

Geography[edit]

History[edit]

Easton was first settled in 1757 by men from Fairfield. In 1762 a congregation called the North Fairfield Society was established, and it gradually evolved into Easton. In 1787 Weston, then including lands now defined as Easton, was incorporated out of Fairfield. The area was slow to develop because of the rough hills along the Aspetuck River, and so it was not until 1845 that what is now Easton separated from Weston. Today, half of the town's property is owned by the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut, the major supplier of water in the area.

On June 1, 1968, the deaf and blind activist Helen Keller died at the age of 87 in her Easton home, where she chose to spend her final days. Her house is still intact today and has been owned by several families since her death. The local middle school bears her name.

The 2009 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was a 76-foot (23 m) Norway Spruce donated from a private residence in Easton.

On the National Register of Historic Places[edit]

Historical
population
of Easton
[2]
1850 1,432
1860 1,350
1870 1,288
1880 1,145
1890 1,001
1900 960
1910 1,052
1920 1,017
1930 1,013
1940 1,262
1950 2,165
1960 3,404
1970 4,885
1980 5,962
1990 6,303
2000 7,272
2010 7,490

Operational Farms[edit]

Maple Row Tree Farm is located at 539 North Park Avenue. It was started in the mid-1950s. During the 1700s it was a dairy farm owned and run by the Edwards family. The farm is over 200 acres (81 ha) in size, and the Edwards family continues to own and operate the farm. During the Christmas season, visitors can choose and cut their own tree, or they can buy a pre-cut tree. Pre-cut trees are up to 12 feet (3.7 m) tall, while trees to select and cut may be up to 9 feet (2.7 m) tall. Maple Row Tree Farm grows eight different types of trees, including Balsam Fir, Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Concolor Fir, Douglas-fir, Eastern White Pine, Fraser Fir, Norway Spruce and White Spruce.[3]

Silverman’s Farm is located at 451 Sport Hill Road. The farm was started in the 1920s by Ben Silverman. During the 1970s and 1980s Silverman’s became a pick your own fruit farm. In 2004 the apple cider mill was closed due to changes in the pressing standards. Today apple cider is sold at Silverman’s Farm Market, but it is not made on the premises. Silverman’s has a petting farm which includes buffalo, llamas, sheep, pigs, goats, fallow deer, donkeys, emu, and other animals. The farm also has tractor rides, an orchard, a farm market and a florist.[4]

Sport Hill Farm is located at 596 Sport Hill Road. It is a small sustainably operatede farm farm providing fresh, healthy, and organic delicious produce as well as education on farming in the area to anyone who is interested. Founded in 2001, the farm raises chickens, goats, and dozens of other vegetables.

Sherwood Farm is located at 355 Sport Hill Road. It includes a shop where one can purchase fresh produce. Founded in 1713, the farm now produces Eggs, Peppers, Cucumbers, Corn, Tomatoes, Radishes and Honey whilst offering Pumpkins throughout the months of October and November.

Operational Non-Agricultural Businesses[edit]

The Easton Village Store is located at 440 Sport Hill Road across from the town green. The store offers Brick Oven Pizza, A Selection of Sandwiches, and other Hot Food Items. The Store has an operational Citgo petrol station, too. Along with this, the Store also functions as a basic grocery store and a community meeting place. A recent addition and renovation which opened in Spring/Summer 2013 practically doubled the size of the store.

Jesse Lee Pre-Kindergarten is located on 25 Flat Rock Road and adjoins the Jesse Lee Parish. This, along with Little Phoenix Pre-Kindergarten which adjoins Easton Country Day make the two Daycare options in Easton.

Local Government Businesses[edit]

The Easton Public Library is located at 691 Morehouse Road, across from the Police Department. The Library offers a selection of Children's and adult books along with a reference section. Local Rumors provide that the library is on the verge of bankruptcy. The annual Memorial Day Parade finishes at the 9/11 memorial in front of the building.

The Easton Post Office is located at 295 Center Road. It offers 700 P.O. boxes and adjoins a petrol station.

The new Easton Animal Control Faculty is located at 385 Morehouse Road. The center responds to dog and cat related calls along with wildlife, bird and livestock calls. There is currently one officer stationed there. The new shelter was built in 2012. All the dogs there are up for adoption.

Emergency services[edit]

Emergency medical services[edit]

Easton Volunteer Emergency Medical Service (EVEMS) is located at 448 Sport Hill Road and offers the EMT-B certification course.[5] The agency was established in 1946 and currently has two ambulances and a staff of two officers, two career techs and twenty nine volunteers.[6]

 Ambulance 851 Ford/ Braun 2001
 Ambulance 852 Ford/Lifeline 2009

Fire department[edit]

The town of Easton is protected constantly by the eight paid firefighters of the Easton Fire Department (EFD) and the volunteer firefighters of the Easton Volunteer Fire Company # 1. Founded in 1921, EFD operates out of one fire station, located at 1 Center Road in the center of town, and runs an apparatus fleet of three engines, one attack engine, one haz-mat unit, one brush unit, and one command vehicle. The Easton Fire Department responds to approximately 100 emergency calls annually.

Police department[edit]

The Easton Police Department (EPD) is located at 700 Morehouse Road. The department includes a K9 unit, D.A.R.E and an animal control unit.[7] The Easton Police Explorer Post 2001 is an affiliated with the department.[8] Easton Police are also first responders for all EMS calls in town. They are all certified MRT’s and can provide oxygen, perform basic first aid, and defibrillation.[9]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 7,490 people, 2,465 households, and 2,077 families residing in the town. The population density was 265.2 people per square mile (102.4/km²). There were 2,511 housing units at an average density of 91.6 per square mile (35.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.74% White, 0.22% African American, 0.04% Native American, 2.02% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.76% of the population.

Of the 2,465 households, 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 75.8% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.7% were non-families. 12.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.6% under the age of 18, 3.6% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 27.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $125,557, and the median income for a family was $135,055. Males had a median income of $85,777 versus $51,528 for females. The per capita income for the town was $53,885. About 1.9% of families and 2.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.0% of those under age 18 and 1.0% of those age 65 or over.

Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 25, 2005[11]
Party Active voters Inactive voters Total voters Percentage
  Republican 1,797 68 1,865 35.08%
  Democratic 1,011 37 1,048 19.71%
  Unaffiliated 2,307 87 2,394 45.03%
  Minor parties 9 0 9 0.17%
Total 5,124 192 5,316 100%

Bridge Issues[edit]

The Route 59 bridge in Easton, which carries more than 10,000 cars and trucks every day over the Mill River, has a substructure rated in critical condition by state safety inspectors. As of early August 2007, the bridge was one of 12 in the southwestern part of the state (including New Haven) with safety inspection ratings so low they are considered to be in critical condition. The ratings for these bridges were worse than the I-35W Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis, which collapsed during rush hour on August 1, 2007.[12]

Notable residents, past and present[edit]

School systems[edit]

Easton has three schools: Samuel Staples Elementary school, for children in grades from kindergarten to 5th grade, Helen Keller Middle School, for children in grades 6 through 8, and the private school Easton Country Day for children K-8 (formerly Phoenix Academy). High school students attend Joel Barlow High School in Redding.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Easton town, Connecticut". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved August 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Maple Row Tree Farm. Mrfarm.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  4. ^ Silverman's Farm History. Silvermansfarm.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  5. ^ http://www.eastonems.com
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ http://explorers.eastonctpolice.com/calendar/index.html
  8. ^ Index of /. Explorers.eastonctpolice.com. Retrieved on 2013-08-16.
  9. ^ [3][dead link]
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 25, 2005" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2006-10-02. 
  12. ^ Kaplan, Thomas, Martineau, Kim, and Kauffman, Matthew, "12 state bridges are judged to be in critical condition" article in The Advocate of Stamford, Connecticut, article reprinted from The Hartford Courant, August 5, 2007, pp. 1, A6
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j [4] Kaufman, Joanne. "Weekender: Easton, Conn." article in The New York Times, October 12, 2002, accessed September 25, 2006
  14. ^ Ikenson page 24

External links[edit]

External links[edit]

Easton and Bridgeport do not officially border but, the town lines are a half mile from each other.