Washington Connecticut Homes for Sale and Real Estate
With its picturesque homes and public buildings, village atmosphere, and notable history, Washington epitomizes the small New England town.
Named after George Washington, who often traversed through town, Washington —and its five villages, the Washington Green, Washington Depot, New Preston, Marbledale and Woodville — is an affluent area, with many New York City natives establishing second homes here.
A mecca for affluent New Yorkers, who are attracted to its abundant natural resources, rich history, outstanding eateries and upscale shopping
A country setting in an historic part of Connecticut.
Chief Waramaug Pinnacle, the Washington Art Association’s exhibits, the Institute of American Indian Studies, The Gunn Museum and Library and the historic Rossiter homes off the Green.
Searching history, country life, hiking, other outdoor activities in a New england scenic setting.
Around the Area
Washington’s countryside encompasses a wide variety of terrain, sitting in the foothills of the the Berkshires. The Shepaug River runs north to south, with large areas of the river valley undeveloped and preserved as open space, such as Steep Rock Reservation and Hidden Valley Preserve. Lake Waramaug sits in the Northwest corner of the town and is the largest natural lake in Connecticut. Mount Tom and its associated pond are in the northeast corner of Washington and features a stone tower at the top, attracting hikers of all ages and skill levels, as well as boasting impressive views of much of Litchfield County. Meeker Swamp, part of the Macricostas Preserve, is home to migratory birds, rare plants, and is a significant wetland area.
Prehistoric evidence shows Native Americans of the Wyantnock tribe settled in the Shepaug River valley about 10,000 years ago, until the Colonial era. Joseph Hurlbut was the first settler in 1734, and established the Judea Parish. Originally part of Woodbury, the burgeoning town established an iron mine and incorporated in 1779, shortly after the Revolutionary War.
Factories and mills soon settled in the valley, and Washington’s first railroad was built soon after. In 1861, abolitionist Frederick W. Gunn established the Gunnery, a prep school that is still in operation. Washington flourished with new visitors from New York City, exploring New England from the rails, and with support of architect Ehrick Rossiter, an alumna of the Gunnery, the town became an alternative to Greenwich and Newport as a summer destination for wealthy visitors.