Easton, Connecticut

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Easton is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 7,272 at the 2000 census. Easton contains the historic district of Aspetuck.

The town is a small rural community situated amongst Redding, Monroe, Trumbull, Fairfield, Weston, and Newtown.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.6 square miles (74.2 km²), of which, 27.4 square miles (71.0 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km²) of it (4.23%) is water. The city has three named sections/neighborghoods: Easton center, Aspetuck, and Plattsville.

History

Easton was first settled in 1757 by men from Fairfield. In 1762 a congregation called the North Fairfield Society was established, and it gradually evolved into Easton. In 1787 Weston, then including lands now defined as Easton, was incorporated from Fairfield. The area was slow to develop because of the rough hills along the Aspetuck River, and so it was not until 1845 that Easton was incorporated from Weston. Today, while close to the New York metropolitan area, Easton remains a quiet and even rural residential town. Half of the town's property is owned by the Aquarion Water Company of Connecticut, the major supplier of water in the area.

On June 1, 1968, the deaf and blind activist Helen Keller died at the age of 87 in her Easton, Connecticut home, where she chose to spend her final days. Her house is still intact today and has been owned by several families since her death.

The 2009 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was a 76-foot Norway Spruce donated from a private residence in Easton.

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