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Redding, Connecticut is often referred to as the “Vermont” of Connecticut for its rural setting. It boasts 32 square miles of country road and 25% of the land is designated as open space. Incorporated in 1767, it was made a parish and named “Reading” (after Col. John Read) in May of 1729 and then incorporated as Redding in May of 1767.
It is bordered by Bethel, Danbury, Easton, Newtown, Ridgefield, Wilton, and Weston. The population is just under 10,000. Redding is part of the Easton-Redding Region 9 School District, having its own elementary (Redding Elementary) and middle (John Read Middle) schools, but sharing its high school with Easton.
There are many reasons to visit Redding!
Nature and Outdoor Fun
Topstone Park’s 280 acres offer a sandy beach with a swimming area along with kayaks, paddle boats, and canoes.
Collis P. Huntington State Park has over 1,000 acres of woods and fields to explore (along with some life-life sculptures of bears and wolves). Go fishing in one of the five ponds or try cross-country skiing in the Winter.
Highstead Wildlife & Woodlands is a nature conservatory with over 100 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and meadows, boasting a focus in sustainable forest management. Take a walking tour and observe native flowers, trees, and herbs.
Devil’s Den Preserve is the largest preserve in Connecticut with 1,756 acres of land and 20 miles of hiking trails.
New Pond Farm is a working farm that hosts two annual festivals, the Founders’ May Fair and the Fall Harvest Festival. Take part in the annual Redding Road Race, with all proceeds supporting the farm.
Visit Warrup’s Farm for fresh produce (to pick yourself or from the farm stand), pumpkin picking, maple syrup, and apple cider.
Downtown Georgetown and Restaurants
Despite its rural setting, Redding is home to some amazing restaurants, many located in downtown Georgetown, including Wiremill Saloon and Barbecue, The Spinning Wheel, Black Cat Grille, Rancho Alegre Mexican Restaurant, Lombardi’s Trattoria, the new Milestone Restaurant, and of course Uncle Leo’s Coffee & Donuts (absolutely the best fresh donuts around!).
The Lonetown Farm Museum is home to the Redding Historical Society.
Putnam Memorial State Park is Connecticut’s first archaeological preserve and oldest state park. It is also the site of the Continental Army’s 1779 winter encampment under General Israel Putnam. Go ice skating in the winter or fishing in the summer. You might also catch a war reenactment!
The Mark Twain Library was founded in 1908 by the author himself (a resident of Redding) and was opened in 1910 after his death.
If you like nature, then Redding is the place to be!
Have you visited Redding? Do you live here? What do you love about it?
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