Situated on the scenic shore of the Long Island Sound between Bridgeport and Stamford, historic Fairfield’s roots reach back to 1639, when its vast sweep of salt marsh inspired the subsequent naming of both this town and its county. Rebuilt after being torched by the British in the Revolutionary War, treasured traces of the Colonial past remain within this diverse modern town of 30.6 square miles, population approximately 57,300. Fairfield is primarily suburban, a cosmopolitan residential community with a wide range of housing choices and a charming Victorian downtown area, beautifully reflective of the town’s colorful history of almost four centuries of settlement.
Educational and Cultural Facilities
Excellence in education is the watchword of the
Fairfield Public School System, with its ten elementary schools, three middle
schools, two high schools and a Learning Co-op. Numerous fine undergraduate
level private schools exist; Fairfield University and Sacred Heart University
meet higher educational needs. Fairfield University also provides an active
cultural calendar and in this sophisticated town the Arts thrive with staunch
local support. Historic structures house the Old Town Hall, Sun Tavern, Fairfield
Academy Museum and some university buildings.
Every form of salt-water recreation accompanies life in Fairfield, where sun and sea provide joyous diversion every day of the year, and miles of sandy shoreline in the Southport section includes five inviting beaches. A Country Club, Yacht Clubs, golf, camping and hiking facilities, parks, athletic fields, and organized sports leagues answer other recreational desires. Up-scale specialty shopping is available in town and major malls are located nearby.
Metro-North commuter rail service accesses Manhattan in about an hour and ten minutes, as do Interstate Route 95 and the Merritt Parkway. Neighboring Bridgeport provides ferry service to Port Jefferson, Long Island.
Fairfield…Scenic Sophistication on Long Island Sound