West Haven

Bradley Point, West Haven by Michael Herrick
Bradley Point, West Haven - Michael Herrick, Historical Marker Database

The city of West Haven, located in New Haven County, is in the southern portion of the state and forms part of New Haven Harbor on the Long Island Sound. Settled in 1648, West Haven (then known as West Farms), was a part of the original New Haven Colony. In 1822, the areas of West Haven and North Milford joined and became the town of Orange. It was not until 1961 that West Haven incorporated as a separate town. Today West Haven is Connecticut’s youngest city, but one of the state’s oldest settlements. It is home to the Savin Rock Amusement Park, a late nineteenth-century seaside resort famous for drawing visitors from all over New York and New England.

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Websites

“Greater New Haven Labor History Association,” 2013. Link.

Places

“Savin Rock Museum,” 2012. Link.
“Ward-Heitmann House Museum,” 2011. Link.
“West Haven Historical Society,” 2005. Link.

Documents

“Images - Savin Rock, Connecticut.” Connecticut History Online, 2012. Link.
“West Haven - WPA Architectural Survey.” Connecticut State Library Digital Collections, 2013. Link.

Books

McCain, Diana. Connecticut Coast: A Town-by-Town Illustrated History. Guilford,  CT: Globe Pequot Press, 2009.
Reynolds, Edith. Savin Rock Amusement Park. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 2006.
Malia, Peter. Visible Saints: West Haven, Connecticut, 1648-1798. Monroe,  CT: The Connecticut Press, 2009.
West Haven Historical Society. West Haven. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2005.
McElrath, Carole. West Haven Revisited. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 2010.
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