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Washington represents the best of both worlds, a small town lifestyle with a very rich and vibrant cultural scene. With a backdrop of the Berkshire Mountains in Litchfield County, the town is blessed with picturesque natural surroundings that feature gems such as Lake Waramaug and the Shepaug River. Stunning farmland, rolling hills, and quiet... Read More

Washington represents the best of both worlds, a small town lifestyle with a very rich and vibrant cultural scene. With a backdrop of the Berkshire Mountains in Litchfield County, the town is blessed with picturesque natural surroundings that feature gems such as Lake Waramaug and the Shepaug River. Stunning farmland, rolling hills, and quiet country roads combine with historic colonial architecture to give Washington a quintessential New England ambiance as well as a laid-back atmosphere.

With a population around 4,000, Washington is home to a tightknit and friendly community. The town hosts several community events throughout the year, such as the Harvest Festival and the Holiday in the Depot, which brings everyone together in order to celebrate the seasons as well as one another. These events are sponsored and organized by Washington’s non-profit organizations and local businesses. In fact, Washington’s business atmosphere is thriving as small and family owned stores continue to be the backbone of town in addition to excellent restaurants and gourmet markets.

The cultural scene in Washington is quite large for a small town. For decades, artists, musicians, and writers have been coming to Washington for inspiration and to showcase their work. There are several fabulous art galleries in town that showcase all types of artistic mediums. Washington also has two renowned museums and two world-famous dance companies within its borders.

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Facts about Washington

Town/City established:

  • Incorporated in 1779. 

Named from:

  • Washington was named after the first U.S. President, General George Washington. He past through the area several times during the Revolutionary War and, in order to honor him as well as the Patriot's cause, the original settlers decided to call their new home Washington. 

County:

  • Litchfield.

Notable citizens (past and present):

  • Santiago Calatrava, architect.
  • Graydon Carter, editor of Vanity Fair magazine.
  • Jim Dine, artist.
  • Rufus Easton, U.S. Congressman..
  • Benjamin Delahauf Foulois, aviator
  • William Hamilton Gibson, illustrator, author and naturalis.
  • Frederick Gunn, abolitionist, educator, and inventor of summer camp..
  • Marie-Chantal, Crown Princess of Greece
  • Thomas Hastings, composer.
  • Conan O'Brien, comedian..
  • Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece
  • James Taylor, musicianWilliam vanden Heuvel, diplomat and author.
  • Orville Hitchcock Platt, U.S. Senator (CT 1879-1905), graduate of The Gunnery, Washington, CT, author of the Platt Amendment dictating U.S.-Cuba relations after 1901.

Top Five Attractions:

  • Gunn Memorial Library & Museum.
  • Hopkins Vineyard.
  • Hollister House Gardens.
  • Institute of American Indian Studies.
  • Washington Art Association.

Annual Events:

  • Winter Festival, February.
  • New Preston Summer Stroll, July.
  • Design & Antique Show, October.
  • Harvest Festival, October.
  • Holiday in the Depot, December.
  • New Preston Winter Walk, December.

Quality of the town:

  • Washington is a collection of five iconic villages in glorious Litchfield County. Nestled in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, the town offers visitors a plethora of fun and friendly things to do no matter the season. The warmer months of the spring and summer allow people to take advantage of the town's beautiful natural surroundings as hiking through the trails of the Steep Rock Preserves, kayaking on Lake Waramaug, and biking around town are just a few of Washington's most popular activities. For the colder months of fall and winter, visitors can explore the town's breathtaking foliage while stopping to pick some apples at one of Washington's farms. However, the renowned boutique shops of New Preston and Washington Depot provide visitors with a world-class shopping experience all year long. 

 

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