World War Monument, Naugatuck
World War Monument, Naugatuck
– Dave Pelland,

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.


The Naugatuck Chemical Company with piles of old rubber tires

Naugatuck’s Early Chemical Industry

Naugatuck, and much of its surrounding area, has traditionally been associated with heavy industry. The naturally poor, rocky soil limited... Read more » …[more]



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