By TINA BACHETTI | Hartford Courant HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: New Milford was named in 1703 when a land company from Milford, Conn., bought the land from the Indians. New Milford was settled in 1707 and the town was incorporated in 1712. GREAT FIRE OF 1902: New Milford's commercial district was nearly destroyed by what came to be called the Great Fire of 1902, which started in the stables behind the buildings on Railroad and Bank streets and quickly spread to Main Street. More than 30 buildings and a dozen stables were lost to the fire, and merchants were forced to conduct business on the town green during restoration. Bank Street Theater was created from the brick shell of the old Green Hotel, one of the few buildings left standing, and the cinema's Art Deco facade was added in 1937. FAMOUS RESIDENTS: New Milford has been home to many famous people, including comedian Joan Rivers, actor Christopher Meloni of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," sportscaster Bob Costas, fashion designer Diane von Furstenburg, actor Peter Gallagher, the late singer Eartha Kitt, self-help author M. Scott Peck, and Francis "Hap" Moran, who played on the New York Giants from 1929 to 1933.
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