Westbrook, Connecticut

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Westbrook is a town in Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 6,292 at the 2000 census. The town center is also classified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a census-designated place (CDP).

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Geography

Westbrook lies in the shoreline area of the state. The town is bordered by the towns of Essex, Clinton, and Old Saybrook, where the Connecticut River empties into Long Island Sound. The Salt Meadow Unit of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge is located in town.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 21.4 square miles (55.4 km²), of which, 15.7 square miles (40.7 km²) is land and 5.7 square miles (14.7 km²) (26.47%) is water. The CDP has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.6 km²) of which 22.33% is water.

Principal communities

  • Grove Beach
  • Pond Meadow
  • Westbrook center

Other minor communities and geographic features in the town are: Chapman Beach, Coral Sands, Grove Beach Point, Grove Beach Terrace, Horse Hill, Island View, Kelsey Point, Little Standard, Middle Beach, Pilot's Point, Pointina, Quotonset Beach, Sagamore Terrace, Salt Works, Stannard Beach, West Beach.

History

David Bushnell, the inventor of the submarine, was born in what is now Westbrook in 1742. The name of his submarine was the "Turtle".

Art Carney, Academy Award-winning actor, lived in Westbrook for some time before his death in 2003 at a rest home in Chester.

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