Goshen, Connecticut

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Goshen is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 2,697 at the 2000 census.

Each July, the Connecticut Agricultural Fair is held in town. It is also home to the Goshen players.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 45.2 square miles (117.1 km²), of which, 43.7 square miles (113.1 km²) of it is land and 1.5 square miles (4.0 km²) of it (3.43%) is water. A large portion of the Mohawk State Forest is located in the town. The Appalachian Trail formerly passed through the town until it was re-routed west of the Housatonic River.

Principal communities

Other minor communities and geographic areas in the town are: Hall Meadow, North Goshen, Tyler Lake, West Side, and Woodridge Lake. Woodrige lake is private it is only available to residents and all of its beaches


The town was incorporated in 1739, one year after settlement of the town center began. The Congregational Church was founded the following year. During the 18th century, Goshen was a farming, and later, prosperous business community. The town manufactured musket rifles during the American Revolution. Other notable business include the pineapple cheese factory and the Brooks pottery shop.

The first school in Goshen was built in 1753. A seminary for young women was established in 1819. The Goshen Academy was established several years later and became a well-regarded preparatory school during the 19th century.

Settlers from Goshen were the first to settle Hudson Township, Summit County, Ohio in the Connecticut Western Reserve.

Notable locations

Historic sites in the town include:

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