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Lakeville, Connecticut
State Connecticut
County Litchfield
Town Salisbury
Named for Wononskopomuc Lake
Area
 • Total 3.69 sq mi (9.57 km2)
 • Land 3.15 sq mi (8.16 km2)
 • Water 0.55 sq mi (1.42 km2)
Elevation
720 ft (220 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 928
 • Density 294/sq mi (113.7/km2)
ZIP Code
06039
FIPS code 09-41830
GNIS feature ID 208366

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, out of 3,741 in the entire town of Salisbury.

The Hotchkiss School is located in Lakeville, and the Indian Mountain School is nearby.

Geography

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. Most of the water area is part of Lake Wononscopomuc, the deepest natural lake in the state.

History

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. 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. It later became coeducational. The Indian Mountain School, a boarding school for students Pre-K through 9th, is south of the Lakeville CDP. It was founded in 1922.

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

Other notable events

In the early 1950s, the well-known Belgian-French writer Georges Simenon resided for several years in Shadow Rock Farm, a large house in Lakeville.

Harpsichordist Wanda Landowska was a resident of Lakeville from 1949 until her death in 1959. From the 1970s onward, Nobel Economics Laureate Wassily Leontief made his summer home here.

New England's oldest Methodist congregation is in Lakeville.

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