Newtown Borough Historic District

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Newtown Borough Historic District
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Edmond Town Hall
Newtown Borough Historic District is located in Connecticut
Newtown Borough Historic District
Location Roughly, Main St. from Hawley Rd. to Academy Ln., Newtown, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°24′43″N 73°18′32″W / 41.41194°N 73.30889°W / 41.41194; -73.30889Coordinates: 41°24′43″N 73°18′32″W / 41.41194°N 73.30889°W / 41.41194; -73.30889
Area 100 acres (40 ha)
Built 1780
Architect multiple
Architectural style Colonial, Italianate, Colonial Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 96001458[1]
Added to NRHP December 20, 1996

The Newtown Borough Historic District is a 100-acre (40 ha) historic district in the borough of Newtown within the town of Newtown in Fairfield County, Connecticut. There is a local historic district, and an overlapping district that was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

The National Register district includes just a small part of the current borough, but about half of the original borough as it was first incorporated in 1824.[citation needed]

The local historic district was smaller, but the Ram's Pasture and another property were added in 2009. The district has a governance structure.[2]

The district was designated as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) in 1996. The district area has buildings dating back from 1780. The district includes the separately NRHP-listed Glover House and Caleb Baldwin Tavern.

In 1996, the district included 225 contributing buildings, 2 other contributing structures, 1 contributing site, and 2 contributing objects.[1] The one contributing site in the district is the "Ram's Pasture", a meadow that was common land.[3]

Significant properties in the district include:

  • Glover House
  • Caleb Baldwin Tavern: The Baldwin Tavern is along the march route taken by French commander Rochambeau's troops in 1781 en route to Yorktown, Virginia and/or in 1782 during their return. It was built c. 1763 and is a two-and-a-half-story house. It housed some of the army's officers in June 1781, en route to the Siege of Yorktown. It also an example of traditional 18th-century New England architecture, and retains some details from that time period.[4]
  • 17 Main Street, home of Arthur J. Smith, publisher of the Newtown Bee newspaper which began in 1877 (see accompanying photo #9)[3]:15–16
  • Liberty Pole/Flagpole[3]:16
  • Soldiers and Sailors Monument
  • Edmond Town Hall
  • Matthew Curtiss House, 44 Main Street, a museum of the Newtown Historical Society (see photo #1, left)[3]:17[5]
  • Gen. Daniel Baldwin House, 38 Main Street, a formal Georgian style building that contrasts to most of the other architecture (see photo #4)[3]:17
  • Cyrenius H. Booth Library

In 2003, citizen protests and a petition of 700 residents led to re-siting of a planned communications tower so that it would not be visible from the historic district.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Nancy K. Crevier (2009-01-22). "Borough Historic District Welcomes New Properties". The Newtown Bee. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e Bruce Clouette and Hoang Tinh (November 9, 1995). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Newtown Borough Historic District". National Park Service.  and Accompanying 20 photos, from 1995 (captions on page 23 of text document)
  4. ^ Clouette, Bruce (February 1, 2001). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Caleb Baldwin Tavern". National Park Service. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Newtown Historical Society". 
  6. ^ Andrew Gorosko (December 31, 2003). "State Approves Telcom Tower For Edmond Road". The Newtown Bee. 

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