New Hartford, Connecticut

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New Hartford, Connecticut
"Central Avenue, New Hartford", a 1910 postcard
"Central Avenue, New Hartford", a 1910 postcard
Official seal of New Hartford, Connecticut
Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°50′29″N 73°00′15″W / 41.84139°N 73.00417°W / 41.84139; -73.00417Coordinates: 41°50′29″N 73°00′15″W / 41.84139°N 73.00417°W / 41.84139; -73.00417
Country United States
U.S. state Connecticut
RegionNorthwest Hills
 • TypeSelectman-town meeting
 • First selectmanDaniel V. Jerram (R)
 • SelectmanAlesia R. Kennerson (R)
 • SelectmanLaura Garay (D)
 • Total38.2 sq mi (98.9 km2)
 • Land37.0 sq mi (95.9 km2)
 • Water1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
873 ft (266 m)
 • Total6,970
 • Density188/sq mi (72.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
Area code(s)860
FIPS code09-51350
GNIS feature ID0213470
Major highwaysUS 44.svg US 202.svg

New Hartford is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 6,970 at the 2010 census,[2] up from 6,088 at the 2000 census. The town center is defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as the New Hartford Center census-designated place (CDP). The town is mainly a rural community consisting of farms, homes, and parks. Brodie Park and Ski Sundown are located in New Hartford.


New Hartford is in eastern Litchfield County and is bordered by the city of Torrington to the west and Hartford County to the east and south. It is 19 miles (31 km) northwest of Hartford, the state capital. According to the United States Census Bureau, New Hartford has a total area of 38.2 square miles (98.9 km2), of which 37.0 square miles (95.9 km2) are land and 1.1 square miles (2.9 km2), or 2.97%, are water.[2] The CDP has a total area of 3.4 square miles (8.8 km2), of which 6.09% is water.[3]

Principal communities[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2014 (est.)6,812[4]−2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 6,088 people, 2,228 households, and 1,748 families residing in the town. The population density was 164.4 people per square mile (63.5/km2). There were 2,368 housing units at an average density of 64.0 per square mile (24.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.67% White, 0.64% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.

There were 2,228 households, out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.9% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.5% were non-families. 16.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.9% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 28.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $69,321, and the median income for a family was $78,065. Males had a median income of $52,077 versus $36,946 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,429. About 1.5% of families and 1.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 3.1% of those age 65 or over.


The town of New Hartford has three elementary schools: the New Hartford Elementary and Bakerville School have grades Kindergarten through Second Grade. The New Hartford Elementary School includes preschool classes, with most children, attending whichever school they're closest to. All children from grades three through six attend the Ann Antolini School.

Resident middle and high school students attend the Northwestern Regional District 7, located in Winsted, Connecticut. It operates Northwestern Regional Middle School and Northwestern Regional High School.[7]

Community and recreation[edit]

New Hartford is home to Ski Sundown, a locally popular ski mountain that attracts many skiers and snowboarders in Litchfield County. It hosts several Slopestyle Competitions and winter events every year. Many other community events are held at Brodie Park, which lies on the edge of West Hill Lake, where a small beach and swimming area is welcome for New Hartford Residents. Several of the events held at Brodie Park are The Race Around The Lake, on Memorial Day weekend, several camps and concerts during the summer, a community picnic in July, and an annual children's Christmas Party held in Berkshire Hall. All other events are held in New Hartford Center, primarily the annual Light New Hartford held in early December. New Hartford is the largest town in the local area and therefore has many of the regional sports teams. Most games for baseball, softball, soccer and football are held at Brown's Corner, which is off Route 202.

Places of worship[edit]

There are six churches in New Hartford: two Congregational churches (the oldest church in the town, at New Hartford Center, and another in the village of Nepaug), an Episcopal church (at Pine Meadow), Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, a Methodist church (in the village of Bakerville), a Baptist church (Harvest Baptist) and Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. There is also a Buddhist temple, at Bakerville.


Girder bridge, "Satan's Kingdom", sometime in the 1910s

The town's main thoroughfares are U.S. Route 202 and U.S. Route 44. US 202 leads west to Torrington and east to Avon, while US 44 leads northwest to Winsted and southeast to Hartford. Connecticut Route 219 has its southern terminus at US 202 between Bakerville and Nepaug, and leads north through New Hartford Center into Barkhamsted.

Being a primarily rural town, New Hartford does not have any public transit services.

On the National Register of Historic Places[edit]

Gillette's Grist Mill
  • Philip Chapin House—55 Church Street—An Italian Renaissance house built in 1867
  • Esperanza—511 Town Hill Road—A country estate, first built in a Greek Revival style in 1835, then expanded in a Colonial revival style between 1874 and 1893
  • Pine Meadow Historic District—A collection of mid to late 18th-century houses built in the Pine Meadow area
  • Sun Terrace—Route 219—A country house built in the International style, first completed in 1932.
  • Gillette's Grist Mill—Maple Hollow Road—a 19th-century gristmill on the Nepaug River

Notable locations[edit]

Notable people[edit]

The following is a list of notable people who were born in New Hartford, live in New Hartford, or for whom New Hartford is a significant part of their identity.

  • Ian Pisarcik,[8] author of Before Familiar Woods[9]


  1. ^ U.S. Census website,
  2. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), New Hartford town, Litchfield County, Connecticut". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), New Hartford Center CDP, Connecticut". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  7. ^ "About Us". Northwestern Regional School District No. 7. Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  8. ^ "IAN PISARCIK". IAN PISARCIK. Retrieved 2020-01-21.
  9. ^ Retrieved 2020-01-21. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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