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Waterbury

Summary    
City/Town Name:
Waterbury
State:
Connecticut
County:
New Haven County
Probate District:
20
Year Established:
1686
Year Incorporated:
1874
Form of Government:
Mayor-Board of Aldermen
Town Hall Address:
235 Grand Street
Waterbury CT 06702
Mon – Fri, 8:30 a.m to 4:30 p.m
Web Address:
www.waterburyct.org

History Brief:
What is now known as the city of Waterbury began with a meeting in October 1673 when the General Court of Connecticut appointed a committee to survey the area and evaluate a proposal to expand settlement into the Naugatuck Valley. In May 1674, a group of settlers from Farmington came to an area six miles wide and ten miles tall � from Woodbury at West to Wallingford on the East and from Derby at the South extending North into the wilderness. It then included all or parts of the latter towns of Watertown, Plymouth, Wolcott, Prospect, Naugatuck, Thomaston, and Middlebury.

The original Indian name for the area was 'Matetacoke' (meaning poorly wooded area) and this original settlement at Mattatuck would be named Waterbury upon official recognition by the General Court as the 28th town in the state of Connecticut. Having been established out of Farmington, Waterbury was originally part of Hartford County, but in May 1728 became part of New Haven County as it remains today.

History Narrative:
What is now known as the city of Waterbury began with a meeting in October 1673 when the General Court of Connecticut appointed a committee to survey the area and evaluate a proposal to expand settlement into the Naugatuck Valley. In May 1674, a group of settlers from Farmington came to an area six miles wide and ten miles tall � from Woodbury at West to Wallingford on the East and from Derby at the South extending North into the wilderness. It then included all or parts of the latter towns of Watertown, Plymouth, Wolcott, Prospect, Naugatuck, Thomaston, and Middlebury.

The original Indian name for the area was 'Matetacoke' (meaning poorly wooded area) and this original settlement at Mattatuck would be named Waterbury upon official recognition by the General Court as the 28th town in the state of Connecticut. Having been established out of Farmington, Waterbury was originally part of Hartford County, but in May 1728 became part of New Haven County as it remains today.

[Note: Anticipate posting more information shortly from Anderson's History of Waterbury, now in the public domain]
   
Other City Names (2)
Name:Brass City

Name:Mattatuck
 
Settled From (1)
Town Name:Farmington
State:CT
Country:Colonial America
 
Population (7)
Year:1790
Population:2937

Year:1800
Population:3256

Year:1810
Population:2874

Year:1820
Population:2282

Year:1830
Population:3070

Year:1840
Population:3668

Year:1850
Population:5137
 
Founding Families (3)
Surname:Bronson

Surname:Judd

Surname:Southmayd
 
Cemeteries (6)
Name:Calvary Cemetary
Location:East Main Street

Name:Pine Grove Cemetary
Location:Southington Road

Name:Riverside Cemetary
Location:Riverside Street
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/Genealogy_Riverside.php

Name:Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Cemetary
Location:Wolcott Road

Name:St. Joseph's Cemetary (New)
Location:Prospect Road

Name:St. Joseph's Cemetary (Old)
Location:Prospect Road
 
Churches (6)
Name:Immaculate Conception
Location:On the Green in Downtown Waterbury

Name:Our Lady of Lourdes

Name:Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Name:St. John's Episcopal

Name:St. Joseph's

Name:St. Patrick's
 
Monuments (1)
Name:Soldiers Monument
Description:A tribute to the Civil War experience, this 48-foot-tall bronze monument was cast in Paris and cost $25,000. A poem on the Soldiers Monument was written by noted Waterbury historian Dr. Joseph Anderson and reads:

"Brave men, who rallying at your country's call Went forth to fight - if Heaven willed, to fall: Returned, ye walk with us through sunnier years And hear your nation say, God bless you all! Brave men, who yet a heavier burden bore And came not home to hearts by grief made sore! They call you dead and lo ye grandly live. Shrined in the nation's love forevermore!"
Location:West end of the Green, Downtown Waterbury
Type:Military
Dedication Date:10/23/1884
Artist/Sculptor:George C. Bissell
 
Communities (20)
Name:Abrigador
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:Brooklyn
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:Bucks Hill
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:Bunker Hill
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:Center Square
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:CrownBrook
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:East End
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:East Mountain
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:Hillside
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:Hopeville
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:Long Hill
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:North End
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:Overlook
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:Robinwood
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:South End
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:Town Plot
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:Walnut-Orange-Walsh
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:Washington Hill
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:Waterville
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php

Name:Willow-Plaza
Website:www.greaterwaterbury.com/waterbury_neighborhoods.php
 
Historical Locations (1)
Name:The Green (Center Square)
Location:Located in the heart of downtown Waterbury where North, South, East, and West Main Streets intersect
 
Notable Citizens (3)
Name:Dr. Joseph Anderson
Type:Historic

Name:Mayor Michael Jarjura
Type:Contemporary

Name:Sturges Morehouse Judd
Type:Historic
 
Newspapers (4)
Name:Waterbury American
Type:Historic
Website:www.rep-am.com/

Name:Waterbury Democrat
Type:Historic

Name:Waterbury Republican-American
Type:Both
Location:389 Meadow Street
Website:www.rep-am.com/

Name:Waterbury Republican
Type:Historic
Website:www.rep-am.com/
 
Schools (2)
Name:Holy Cross High School
Type:High School
Location:587 Oronoke Road
Website:www.holycrosshs-ct.com/

Name:Naugatuck Valley Community College
Type:College
Location:750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT, 06708
Website:www.nvtc.commnet.edu
 
Libraries (1)
Name:Silas Bronson Library
Type:Current
Location:267 Grand Street, Waterbury CT 06702
Website:www.bronsonlibrary.org
 
Published Histories (0)
No Data Available.
 
Genealogy Websites (1)
Website Name:Greater Waterbury Genealogy & Local History
Website Address:www.greaterwaterbury.com
 
Historic Timeline (9)
Date:05/15/1686
Description:Settlers from Farmington return and establish the settlement of Mattatuck east of the Great River (Naugatuck) around center square (The Green in downtown Waterbury)

Date:05/1728
Description:Waterbury becomes part of New Haven County (formerly had been considered part of Hartford County given that it was settled from Farmington)

Date:10/23/1884
Description:The Soldiers Monument was unveiled at the west end of the green

Date:1674
Description:A group of 31 came from Farmington to establish a settlement at the Indian village called 'Matetacoke' (now the Town Plot section of Waterbury)

Date:1675
Description:Early settlers retreat to Farmington at the onset of King Philip's War

Date:1677
Description:Settlers from Farmington return and establish the settlement of Mattatuck east of the Great River (Naugatuck) around center square (The Green in downtown Waterbury)

Date:1691
Description:A great flood hits the Waterbury area

Date:1782
Description:Waterbury tax lists show just 310 dwellings

Date:1803
Description:Colonel William Leavenworth becomes the first postmaster as the city gets its own Post Office
 
Town Historian (1)
Name:Phil Benevento
Contact Data:c/o City Clerk's Office
236 Grand Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
 
Vital Records (1)
Birth:1686/1871
Marriage:1686/1851
Death:1686/1864
 





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