Closeup on Washington
The Bryan Memorial Town Hall in Washington Depot is not only a municipal office building but also houses two duck pin bowling allies. It also has facilities for the town residents to hold weddings and receptions. (RICHARD MESSINA/THE HARTFORD COURANT / August 27, 2010)
ORIGINS: Settled in 1734 when Joseph Hurlbut moved into the eastern section of the area known as the North Purchase of Woodbury, later renamed Judea. The western part of the town, then belonging to New Milford, was settled in 1741 and later renamed New Preston. The town was incorporated in 1779 by combining the Parishes of Judea and New Preston with additional land taken from Litchfield and Kent.
DID YOU KNOW: The town's luxurious Mayflower Inn served as inspiration for the "Dragonfly Inn" in the television program Gilmore Girls (2000-2007), set in the fictitious Connecticut town of Stars Hollow.
FAMOUS RESIDENTS: Some of the town's notable residents have included entertainer Conan O'Brien, singer James Taylor, actresses Linda Dano and Christine Baranski, and educator and prominent abolitionist Frederick William Gunn.
SOURCES: The Hartford Courant; washingtonct.org; imdb.com; Connecticut State Register and Manual