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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Sandy Hook post office and dam, from a postcard sent in 1914
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 and 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.
Points of interest
- 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.
- Fire Department Sandy Hook is home to Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & 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. The company has won numerous awards for its service to the community. 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.
- 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.
- Paugussett State Forest, is a Connecticut state forest with two separate sections located on impoundments of the Housatonic River in the town of Newtown. The forest's Upper Block encompasses approximately 800 acres on the western shore of Lake Lillinonah. It offers boating access to the river and hiking on the blue-blazed Lillinonah Trail. The forest's Lower Block encompasses approximately 1,200 acres on the western shore of Lake Zoar and offers hiking on the blue-blazed Zoar Trail.
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