Repeatedly rated the best town for its size by Connecticut Magazine, Redding’s historic New England ambiance and open countryside possess a tranquil beauty seldom seen today. From its settlement by John Read in 1711 until the 1960’s, Redding was primarily agricultural, set apart and protected by natural topography. Joel Barlow, Stuart Chase, Anna Hyatt Huntington, Charles Ives, Edward Steichen, Mark Twain: a notable and artistic community has been attracted to Redding’s beauty and peace, creating the tradition of single-family residences that today marks this quietly traditional retreat. The town’s impressive intellectual tradition (a legacy of its many distinguished residents), the commitment of Redding’s population of 8,300 and its Board of Selectmen have actively protected the striking natural beauty of this 32.2 square mile retreat, a sylvan haven surrounded by a busier world.
Educational and Cultural Facilities
The intelligence behind Redding’s policies
has created an exemplary public school system with diverse programs, composed
of an elementary, middle and high school. Joel Barlow, the regional High School,
has been named by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the nation’s
finest secondary schools.
Redding’s “Open Space Policy” has created a Land Trust with over 400 conservation acres that are augmented by Putnam State Park (an 800-acre Revolutionary War site), Collis P. Huntington Park (875 acres) and Topstone Park, an 1170-acre preserve. Wetlands such as Lonetown Marsh attract a wide variety of birds; the Saugatuck River and Reservoir add another element of lush beauty to the hilly terrain. Over 50 miles of trails invite hiking, biking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and simple appreciation of the town’s outstanding natural setting. Swim, canoe or go fishing; Redding offers every outdoor enjoyment.
Seven miles southeast of Danbury’s urban amenities
and train services, Redding is 90 miles from Manhattan. State Route 8 connects
Redding to Interstate Routes 95 and 84. Bus service is available.
Redding…Historic New England Haven
of Striking Natural Beauty