Hamden has the perfect blend of urban and suburban lifestyles. Known as "The Land of the Sleeping Giant", Hamden offers a wide variety of attractions from state parks to museums. 

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Hamden has the perfect blend of urban and suburban lifestyles. Known as "The Land of the Sleeping Giant", Hamden offers a wide variety of attractions from state parks to museums. Sleeping Giant State Park, a landscape rich in hills and walking trails, leads visitors on a 1.5 mile hike to the stone observation tower which overlooks Long Island Sound and the New Haven Area. Hamden also offers a variety of shops, restaurants, museums and gardens for every interest.

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Facts about Hamden

Town/City established:

  • Incorporated in 1786.

Named from:

  • This town was named from English statesmen John Hampden.

County:

  • New Haven County.

Notable citizens (past and present):

  • John Carpenter, very first winner of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
  • James J. Greco, former CEO and President of Sbarro.
  • Bob Heussler, voice of CT Sun and WFAN broadcaster.
  • Stephen Malawista, medical researcher, co-discoverer of Lyme disease.
  • Robert McVey, hockey player, Gold Medalist in 1960 Olympics.
  • Anttaj Hawthorne, former NFL player for the Oakland Raiders.
  • Eli Whitney, inventor of the cotton gin.
  • Jonathan Quick, NHL goalie, 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup champion for the LA Kings.
  • Avery Wilson, 2012 contestant on The Voice.

Top Five Attractions:

  • Sleeping Giant State Park.
  • Jonathan Dickerman House & Museum.
  • Eli Whitney Museum.
  • Pardee Rose Gardens.
  • The Space, music & art venue.

Annual visitor’s events:

  • Fourth of July Fireworks, July.
  • National Night Out, August.
  • Brooksvale Fall Festival, September.
  • Silverbells Celebration, December.

Quality of town/city:

  • Hamden has the perfect blend of urban and suburban lifestyles. Known as "The Land of the Sleeping Giant", Hamden offers a wide variety of attractions from state parks to museums. Sleeping Giant State Park, a landscape rich in hills and walking trails, leads visitors on a 1.5 mile hike to the stone observation tower which overlooks Long Island Sound and the New Haven Area. Hamden also offers a variety of shops, restaurants, museums and gardens for every interest. 

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