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Woodbury Historic District No. 1
United Methodist Church, Part of Woodbury Historic District No. 1.png
United Methodist Church in Woodbury
Location Both sides of Main St. (U.S. 6) for 2 mi., radiating rds., Woodbury, Connecticut
Area 200 acres (81 ha)
Built 1680 (1680)
Built by Multiple
Architectural style Mid 19th Century Revival, Early Republic, Colonial
NRHP reference No. 71000908
Added to NRHP March 11, 1971

The Woodbury Historic District No. 1 encompasses the linear town center of Woodbury, Connecticut. Extending along two miles of Main Street (United States Route 6), from Flanders Road in the north to Old Sherman Hill Road in the south, the district represents an architectural cross section of the town history, from the late 17th century to the present. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 11, 1971.

Description and history

The town of Woodbury was settled by colonists in 1673, having purchased its land from the Potatuck people. The early settlement was made along a long-standing Native American trail, now roughly followed by Main Street. It was incorporated in 1674, and was the mother town for several surrounding communities, achieving its present municipal bounds by 1807. It was a prosperous agricultural community in the 18th and early 19th century, the period to which much of the town center's architecture dates.

The historic town center stretches for about two miles along Main Street, with branching elements along some of the side streets. Its northernmost extent is Flanders Road, and its southern end is at Old Sherman Hill Road. In an area of more than 200 acres (81 ha), there are 161 historically significant buildings. About half were built before 1830, including thirteen that were built before 1740. The oldest buildings, houses and barns, date to the 1680s. The Glebe House, built in 1740, is also historically important as the site of an early foundational meeting of the Episcopal Church. There are nine churches in the district, including three Federal style buildings erected before 1820. The visually most prominent is the Roman Catholic church, which was built in 1902.

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