Lakeville, Connecticut

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Lakeville, Connecticut
Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°57′52″N 73°26′27″W / 41.96444°N 73.44083°W / 41.96444; -73.44083
Named forWononskopomuc Lake
 • TypeCity Council
 • Total3.69 sq mi (9.57 km2)
 • Land3.15 sq mi (8.16 km2)
 • Water0.55 sq mi (1.42 km2)
720 ft (220 m)
 • Total928
 • Density294/sq mi (113.7/km2)
ZIP Code
FIPS code09-41830
GNIS feature ID208366

Lakeville is a census-designated place (CDP) in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States, close to Dutchess County, New York. It is within the town of Salisbury, but has its own ZIP Code (06039). As of the 2010 census, the population of Lakeville was 928,[1] out of 3,741 in the entire town of Salisbury. The Hotchkiss School is located in Lakeville, and the Indian Mountain School is nearby.


Lakeville is in the southwest part of the town of Salisbury, on U.S. Route 44 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southwest of the Salisbury town center. US 44 leads northeast 8 miles (13 km) to Canaan village and west 4 miles (6 km) to Millerton, New York.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Lakeville CDP has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), of which 3.2 square miles (8.2 km2) are land and 0.54 square miles (1.4 km2), or 14.8%, are water.[1] Most of the water area is part of Lake Wononscopomuc, the deepest natural lake in the state.


Until 1846, Lakeville was called "Furnace Village", due to the location there of one of the early blast furnaces of the historic Salisbury iron industry (one of which was established in the 1760s by future Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen.[2] Benjamin B. Hotchkiss, inventor of the Hotchkiss gun was born in nearby Watertown. A boarding school in his name, the Hotchkiss School, was founded by his widow Maria Bissell Hotchkiss in Lakeville in 1891.[3] It later became coeducational.[4] The Indian Mountain School, a boarding school for students Pre-K through 9th, is south of the Lakeville CDP.[5] It was founded in 1922.[6]

Lakeville was the original home to what would eventually relocate and become the Mansfield Training School, an institution for mentally challenged residents of Connecticut from 1860 to 1993.[7]

Other notable events[edit]

Lakeville is the site of Connecticut's oldest cold case. Camp Sloane camper Connie Smith left the camp on Indian Mountain Road on the morning of July 16, 1952. She was ten years old and was from Sundance, Wyoming; she was the granddaughter of former Wyoming Governor Nels H. Smith. Several people observed her walking and hitchhiking toward the center of Lakeville. She was last seen walking along Route 44 near the intersection of Belgo Road. Her disappearance sparked one of the largest searches ever conducted by the Connecticut State Police. Despite a nationwide search, she was never found, and foul play is suspected. Her case remains open and still has a detective assigned to it.[8]

Local institutions[edit]

Lakeville United Methodist Church

New England's oldest Methodist congregation is in Lakeville.[9]

Lime Rock Park, 4 miles (6 km) southeast of Lakeville, is a motorsport race track that hosts sports car and stock car races.

YMCA Camp Sloane is located in Connecticut, between Indian Mountain Road and Lake Wononpakook, and has operated there since 1928.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Lakeville CDP, Connecticut". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved October 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Our Community | Salisbury Association". Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "Welcome to Hotchkiss". Hotchkiss School. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "Hotchkiss celebrates 125 years". Hotchkiss School. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "TIGERweb: Lakeville, Connecticut". Geography Division, U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "IMS by the Numbers". Indian Mountain School. Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  7. ^ "Mansfield Training School, 1863-1992". Retrieved October 5, 2020.
  8. ^ Dooling, Michael C. Clueless in New England: The Unsolved Disappearances of Paula Welden, Connie Smith and Katherine Hull. The Carrollton Press, 2010.
  9. ^ Williams, Nancy Pollock (September 18, 2009). "Lakeville UMC Celebrates History as It Rethinks Church". Archived from the original on September 25, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  10. ^ "AllMovie – Movies and Films Database – Movie Search, Ratings, Photos, Recommendations, and Reviews". Retrieved October 13, 2016.

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