Located in lower Fairfield County on Long Island Sound, Darien, which incorporated in 1820, was originally the Middlesex Parish area of Stamford. Coastal trading and agriculture supported the early community; its location on the post (or postal) road, established in the late 1600s between New York and Boston, also enlivened the local economy. In time, new routes carried people and commerce to, and through, Darien: the New York & New Haven railroad line in 1848 and the Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) in 1958. As the affluent increasingly called Darien home, either for the summer or year round, the rural town became part of the state’s “Gold Coast,” an area distinguished by its residents’ wealth.
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