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Madison CT: Connecticut’s Best Communities

November 16th, 2022

Madison occupies a central location on Connecticut’s scenic Long Island Sound shoreline in the southeastern corner of New Haven County. The combination of its beautiful oceanfront living, together with its close location to major metropolitan centers makes Madison one of Connecticut’s best cities for your home and family.

First settled in 1641 and known throughout the 18th Century as East Guilford, it was named after President James Madison after it was incorporated as a town in 1826.

The heart of the town’s historic district is The Madison Green which is bordered by immaculately maintained historic houses, some of which date back to more than 300 years. The Green is also a very popular location for summertime concerts, antique and art exhibits.

Madison’s town center is the main business area and the location of the town library. The center has preserved its old village charm by keeping large franchise and chain stores out of the historic area.

The impressive natural setting of Madison provides plenty of outdoor fun. Summertime swimming, sunbathing and water sports are available at the private and public beaches, which includes Connecticut’s largest state beach – Hammonasset Beach State Park. The park has picnic areas, campsites with a fishing pier which is extremely popular in the summer.

Surf Club Beach is the town’s major public beach with lifeguards, recreational facilities for volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball and horseshoes. There are also playgrounds for children and picnic tables for families, as well as kayak racks and sailboat racks.

The City of Madison Parks and Recreation Department promote little league throughout the town with playgrounds, tennis courts and ball fields. Numerous private golf courses serve all of the player’s needs.

Located in North Madison west of Route 79 is the Rockland Preserve which is an area of steep gray cliffs, rolling hills and lovely wooded areas. The centerpiece of Rockland Preserve is Coan Pond – which is a mixture of bog with black, damp soil and beautiful wildflowers as well as a pond with turtles, frogs and even beaver.

Madison’s scenic coastal setting showcases some of Connecticut’s finest oceanfront homes and summer cottages, as well as a collection of beautiful colonial and federal period homes. Also available are contemporary homes and inviting summer rentals.

Madison’s school system provides a college preparatory program, as well as continuing education for adults and a specialized curriculum for disabled students. The town also offers private schooling.

The combination of its beautiful oceanfront living, together with its close location to major metropolitan centers makes Madison one of Connecticut’s best cities for your home and family.

Fall Foliage Scenic Drive – Connecticut Route 169

April 21st, 2022

This fall foliage scenic drive runs south to north in the eastern corner of Connecticut along Route 169. Peak fall foliage in Connecticut usually starts mid-October and lasts through end of October.

Traveling Route 169 is as much about historic buildings and communities with traditions, as about brilliant color changes – although you’ll be blessed with plenty of leaf-peeping opportunities as well.

The drive follows Route 169 from Lisbon, CT, to the border with Massachusetts – A short drive of just over 30 miles but as you’ll see it packs a lot into a small area.

Let’s turn the ignition and get moving…

You’ll begin this scenic drive in the town of Lisbon, which can be reached, from I-395 exit 83A. The center of town is known as Newent.

Visit the Bishop House Museum and the Newent Congregational Church for a flavor of some of the architectural styles you’ll get familiar with during this drive.

Take Route 169 out of Lisbon/Newent and drive the 8 miles to Canterbury.

Named for the cathedral city in Kent, England, Canterbury was originally settled in 1697, and offers a window into Connecticut’s early American past. Highlights are the classic New England Town Green and the Prudence Crandall Museum.

The Prudence Crandall Museum documents an extraordinary woman and her attempt to educate black women during a time of violent oppression. Prudence’s neighbors and friends ostracized here and forced her to close her school and eventually move away from the area.

During the fall foliage season Wright’s Mill Tree Farm offers a spooky hayride, and the chance to pick your own pumpkin. This 250-acre farm is in the north end of Canterbury.

Continue on Route 169 the 7 miles to Brooklyn, where along the way you’ll pass farms and homes set among the rolling hills in this area of Connecticut known as the “Quiet Corner.”

Brooklyn is a history buffs dream. You’ll discover historical buildings galore with a high concentration of them in a 1.75-acre area known as Brooklyn Green. Both Brooklyn and Brooklyn Green is on the National Register of Historic Districts.

Places to view include Friendship Valley Inn, a stop on the Underground Railroad, and where Prudence Crandall was given refuge during her trail, and the 18th century Old Brooklyn Burying Ground. The close-by C. Vaughan Ferguson, Jr. Conservancy offers walking trails among marshlands and hills.

The best way of visiting Brooklyn Green is simply to park the car and walk though it. With five churches on the green and a cluster of historical buildings, statues, and commemorative stones, something is bound to catch your eye to explore further.

Leaving Brooklyn on Route 169 and heading north towards Pomfret, you’ll pass the 200-acre Lapsley Orchards in the Bush Hill historic district. Here during the fall you can pick apples or purchase the perfect pumpkin for your front porch.

Another side trip worth taking before you reach Pomfret is Mashamoquet Brook State Park and Putnam Wolf Den. At the junction with Route 101 head west and take the entrance into the park less than a mile down Route 101. With the abundance of maples and oaks in the park the fall foliage dazzles. Be sure to take the path and short walk to the Wolf Den where a plaque describes the killing of the last wolf in Connecticut.

Back on Route 169 take the next few miles into the center of Pomfret.

A walk through Pomfret presents another chance to check out an 18th century graveyard at The Sabin Cemetery, 19th century churches, and a 13th century French window at the Pomfret School chapel.