Sandy Hook, Connecticut

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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Village
Sandy Hook post office and dam, from a postcard sent in 1914
Sandy Hook post office and dam, from a postcard sent in 1914
Country United States
State Connecticut
City Newtown

Sandy Hook is a village in the town of Newtown, Connecticut. Sandy Hook was founded in 1711.

It borders the Botsford section of town, Newtown borough, and also the towns of Monroe, Southbury and Oxford along the Housatonic River. The village of Sandy Hook includes the communities of Berkshire, Riverside, Walnut Tree Hill, and Zoar, which also extends for a short distance into the Town of Monroe along Old Zoar Road and Bagburn Hill/Jordan Hill Road.

History[edit]

Within a year of the settlement of Newtown, some of its proprietors began moving away from the central village to some of their larger parcels. Several proprietors with land in the same area relocated to these areas together to reduce isolation. Sandy Hook was one of the first of the outlying areas settled. Colonists found the Pootatuck River at Sandy Hook allowed for the setting up of saw and grist mills. The neighborhood would not grow dramatically until the industrialization of the mid 19th century.[1]

2012 school shooting[edit]

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza shot his mother at home, then killed 26 people (20 children and 6 staff) and himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School.[2] It was the second-deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.[3][4][5]

Points of interest[edit]

Sandy Hook in 2007
  • Eichler's Cove Marina is located off Route 34 at the end of Old Bridge Road. It offers a small beach on Lake Zoar with a marina, town boat launch, and picnic area for residents of Newtown. Eichler's Cove is the only public access to Lake Zoar for Newtown residents.
  • Saint Rose of Lima Parish is a Latin Rite, Roman Catholic Church which hosted many weddings in Sandy Hook, and later some of the bereavement ceremonies for victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary shooting. The church hosted the governor and later, another bomb threat was made at the church which resulted the military interception and swift evacuation of its parishioners.
  • Fire Department Sandy Hook is home to Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, Inc. It is the only fire station in Newtown with two locations: the main one at 18–20 Riverside Road and a substation at 249 Berkshire Road. This fire department is led by Chief William Halstead, who is also the Fire Marshal for the Town of Newtown. It has over 60 members, and 10 pieces of apparatus. They have won numerous awards for their outstanding service to the community.[6] Every June they host their annual LobsterFest, a major fundraiser for the company that runs on Friday and Saturday following the first Monday of the month.
  • McLaughlin Vineyards is a family-owned vineyard and winery located at 14 Albert's Hill Road, 160 acres (0.65 km2) bordering the Housatonic River, with a tasting room in a converted 19th Century bar and access to hiking trails and picnic spots. McLaughlin Vineyards is committed to producing wines that reflect the terroir of the Northeast, and thus use only grapes from this region.[7]
  • Timothy B. Treadwell Memorial Park, located on Philo Curtis Road, is an outdoor recreational area that features a baseball/softball field, basketball courts, four tennis courts, multi-purpose sports fields (including two artificial surface fields), Newtown's community swimming pool (an eight-lane 25-yard (23 m) pool with a diving L and wading pool), a pavilion, and two playground areas. In season, the park is open from 8 am until 8 pm, The park was named for the late Timothy Treadwell, who served as First Selectman of Newtown before his death in February 1972. Mr Treadwell also served, from 1959 until 1962, on the town’s Parks & Recreation Commission.

Landmarks[edit]

  • Nathan B. Lattin Farm — 22 Walker Hill Road, National Register of Historic Places
  • New York Belting and Packing Co. — 45–71 and 79–89 Glen Road, National Register of Historic Places

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cruson, Daniel, "A Brief History of Newtown", Web page at Newtown Historical Society Web site, accessed December 14, 2012.
  2. ^ Miguel Llanos (December 14, 2012). "Authorities ID gunman who supposedly killed 27 in elementary school massacre". NBC News. Associated Press. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ News, BBC (December 15, 2012). "28 dead in school shooting". BBC News. Retrieved December 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ Christoffersen, John. "Official: 27 dead in Conn. school shooting". ap.org. Retrieved January 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ CBS News http://www.cbsnews.com/2718-201_162-1950/cbs-news-live-video/ |url= missing title (help). 
  6. ^ "Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue — Established 1938". Retrieved June 12, 2008. 
  7. ^ "Connecticut Weekender: Wines & Breweries Category". Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  8. ^ Gendreau, LeAnne (March 15, 2012). "Anticipated Film Based on Local Author’s Book". NBC. Retrieved December 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ Adams, John Coleman, 'William Hamilton Gibson,' "New England Magazine". Retrieved June 28, 2010. , Feb. 1897, p. 643

Coordinates: 41°25′12″N 73°16′55″W / 41.42000°N 73.28194°W / 41.42000; -73.28194