What Are Some Interesting Facts About North Haven, Connecticut?


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Interesting facts about North Haven, Connecticut, include that the city is home to the first brickyard in North America, Money magazine listed the city as the 86th best place to live in 2007, and Peter's Rock is the highest point in town at 373 feet above sea level. North Haven has two colleges: Gateway Community College and Quinnipiac University.

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In 1714, Reverend James Pierpont left 8 acres of land in his will to be used for a meeting house, burying ground and marketplace. Residents constructed the first meeting house on an area called The Green in 1722. As the city of New Haven grew, settlers expanded into the land that Pierpont left, and residents held the first official North Haven town meeting in Pierpont's meeting house on Oct. 19, 1786. The first U.S. census in 1790 recorded 1,236 people in North Haven, and a 1789 Grand List recorded 1,620 sheep, so sheep outnumbered people.

North Haven is located 27 miles south of Hartford, Connecticut, and 76 miles northeast of New York City. The town is only 10 miles from Long Island Sound. North Haven has six principal communities, including Clintonville, Montowese, Green Acres, Ridge Road and Quinnipiac. The population quadrupled after World War II from 1945 to 1970 because Pratt & Whitney and Marlin Firearms opened factories in the town.

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