|— Town —|
|• Type||Selectman-town meeting|
|• First selectman||Barbara M. Henry|
|• Total||26.3 sq mi (68.1 km2)|
|• Land||26.2 sq mi (67.9 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||541 ft (165 m)|
|• Density||89/sq mi (34/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0213498|
History[edit | edit source]
Mine Hill and its minerals have been associated with Roxbury since the middle of the 18th century. A silver mine was opened here and was later found to contain spathic iron, specially adapted to steel making and a small smelting furnace was built. The abundance of granite found in many of Mine Hill's quarries provided the building material for the ore roaster and blast furnace, as well as for such world wonders as the Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central Terminal in New York City.
Geography[edit | edit source]
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.3 square miles (68 km2), of which, 26.2 square miles (68 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.23%) is water.
Principal communities[edit | edit source]
- Judd's Bridge
- Roxbury center
- Roxbury Falls
- Roxbury Station
On the National Register of Historic Places[edit | edit source]
Three places in Roxbury, Connecticut are included on the National Register of Historic Places listing. They are:
- Roxbury Center (CT 67, Weller's Bridge Rd., South and Church Streets); 32 buildings in designated local historic district.
- Roxbury Iron Mine and Furnace Complex
- Roxbury Station Historic District (added 2009) (CT 67, Botsford Hill, Hodge, and Mine Hill Roads)
Demographics[edit | edit source]
|Historical population of|
Roxbury   
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,136 people, 848 households, and 620 families residing in the town. The population density was 81.4 people per square mile (31.4/km²). There were 1,018 housing units at an average density of 38.8 per square mile (15.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.24% White, 0.23% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.94% Asian, 0.66% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.31% of the population.
There were 848 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.5% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the town the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 34.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 104.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $87,794, and the median income for a family was $97,672. Males had a median income of $61,477 versus $45,417 for females. The per capita income for the town was $56,769. About 3.0% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.1% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
Transportation[edit | edit source]
Local media[edit | edit source]
- Waterbury Republican-American - A Waterbury based independent daily newspaper.
- The Danbury News-Times - A Danbury based daily newspaper.
- The Greater New Milford Spectrum - A MediaNews Group-owned weekly paper.
- Voices - A local newspaper serving Southbury, Middlebury, Oxford, Seymour, Naugatuck, Woodbury, Bethelhem, New Preston, Washington, Washington Depot, Roxbury, Bridgewater, Monroe, Sandy Hook and Newtown.
- Macaroni Kid - An events calendar for families in Bridgewater, Roxbury, Bethlehem, Woodbury, Southbury, Oxford, Watertown, Oakville, Middlebury, Waterbury, and western Naugatuck.
Roads in Roxbury on the List of Connecticut State Scenic Highways[edit | edit source]
- Connecticut Route 317; 0.40 from Painter Hill Road, west to Route 67. (added November 14, 1990)
- Connecticut Route 67; 0.87 mile from Ranny Hill Road, south to 0.30 mile south of Route 317. (added November 14, 1990)
- Connecticut Route 67; 2.90 miles from the Roxbury/Bridgewater Town line, east to Ranny Hill Road. (added August 23, 1996)
Notable people[edit | edit source]
- Ethan Allen (1738–1789) Early American revolutionary and guerrilla leader, Green Mountain Boys.
- Robert Anderson (1917–2009) Playwright Tea and Sympathy
- Alexander Calder (1898–1976) American sculptor and artist.
- Graydon Carter Editor, Vanity Fair.
- Dustin Hoffman Actor.
- Denis Leary Actor.
- Manfred B. Lee, Author & editor (1905–1971), lived on South Street from 1951 until his death in 1971.
- Mercer Mayer Children's book author (Little Critter)
- Frank McCourt Author, Angela's Ashes.
- Arthur Miller (1915–2005) American playwright.
- Marilyn Monroe (1926–1962) Actress.
- Stephen Sondheim Broadway playwright.
- William Styron (1925–2006) Author, Sophie's Choice.
- Seth Warner (1743–1784) Green Mountain Boys.
- Sylvia Sidney (1910-1999) Actress.
- Richard Widmark (1914–2008) Actor.
References[edit | edit source]
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- Roxbury official website
- Roxbury Congregational Church official website
- Roxbury Land Trust official website
- Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust official website
- Shepaug Regional School District # 12 official website
- Macaroni Kid
- Northwest Connecticut Arts Council
- Northwest Connecticut Convention and Visitors Bureau
- Northwestern Connecticut Community College in Winsted
- Roxbury Road Races almost every Saturday. Free.
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