Redding, Connecticut

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Redding is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 8,270 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 32.1 square miles (83.0 km²), of which, 31.5 square miles (81.6 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it (1.75%) is water. Redding is rural compared to the towns along the Golden Coast.[citation needed] Although Redding boasts the wealth that is identified with Fairfield County, it is a more secluded option for home ownership. As such, real estate prices have remained at a premium for the last couple years. It borders the towns of Bethel, Danbury, Easton, Newtown, Ridgefield, Wilton and Weston.

Sections of Redding

Georgetown is partly in Redding. West Redding (including Lonetown, Sanfordtown, and Topstone), Redding Center, and Redding Ridge are three other parts of town.

History

According to Fairfield county and state records from the time Redding was formed, the original name of the town was Reading named after the town in Berkshire, UK, Probably more accurate however, Town history attributes the name to John Read, an early major landholder who was both a prominent lawyer in Boston, and a former congregationalist preacher, who converting to Anglicanism. John Read helped in both demarcating the boundaries of the town, and in getting it recognized as a parish in 1729. In 1767, soon after incorporation, the name was changed to its current spelling of Redding to better reflect its pronunciation. The resulting confusion lasted into the mid 1880s when the U.S. Post Office formalized the name. The first land grant was given to Cyprian Nichols in 1687 and 2 more followed soon after the turn of the century.

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