Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Sandy Hook post office and dam, from a postcard sent in 1914
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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.
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.
2012 school shooting
On December 14, 2012[update], Adam Lanza shot his mother at home, then killed 26 people besides himself at Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was the second-deadliest[update] mass shooting in U.S. history at the time, after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.
- Luther Meade Blackman, Major during the Civil War, accused of forging the Bat Creek inscription, born in Sandy Hook, Newtown, in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
- James Brunot, promoter of the game Scrabble, resident of Newtown, Connecticut in the 1940s.
- Suzanne Collins, American television writer and author of The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games trilogy, resident of Sandy Hook.
- William Hamilton Gibson, 19th-century American illustrator, author, and naturalist, born in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
- Charles R. Jackson, writer and novelist, author of The Lost Weekend lived in Sandy Hook in the 1950s.
- Caitlyn Jenner (then Bruce),[a] 1976 Summer Olympics decathlon gold medalist, attended Newtown High School in Newtown, Connecticut.
- Molly Pearson, 20th-century stage actress, lived in Sandy Hook, Connecticut at the time of her death in 1959.
- Albert Berger Rossdale, U.S. Representative from New York, lived in Sandy Hook, Connecticut in the early 1930s.
- James Thurber, writer, satirist, cartoonist, author of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty lived in Sandy Hook in the 1930s.
- Marcus Tracy, professional soccer player, grew up in Newtown, and attended Newtown High School.
- Mead Treadwell, 13th Lieutenant Governor of Alaska and former Chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission, grew up in the Sandy Hook section of Newtown, Connecticut.
- Jenna von Oÿ, actress and singer, attended Newtown High School.
- Thelma Wood, American sculptor, lived in Sandy Hook in the 1930s.
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