The town of Naugatuck, located in New Haven County, spans both sides of the Naugatuck River and lies just south of Waterbury. Incorporated as a town in 1844, it became, in 1895, the only town in Connecticut that is both a consolidated borough and a town. Settled in 1701 as a rural farming community, Naugatuck became, like other area towns in the 19th century, a bustling industrial center. It was known primarily for its rubber production and for manufacturing naugahyde, a synthetic leather material. Today, Naugatuck is largely a bedroom community and is known for its impressive town common that features eleven commissions designed by the renowned architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White.
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