Squantz Pond State Park, New Fairfield

Squantz Pond State Park, New Fairfield – Diana LeRoi-Schmidt

This Fairfield County town shares its western border with New York State while Candlewood Lake, Connecticut’s largest body of water, lies along its eastern edge. Incorporated in 1740, New Fairfield’s early residents farmed and maintained small enterprises. The heavily wooded terrain of its Big Basin area supported a modest timber industry until the 1920s when Connecticut Light & Power flooded the area, along with land from neighboring towns, to create Candlewood Lake. The lake, Squantz Pond State Park, and tracts of unspoiled terrain have made New Fairfield an attractive residential community and summer retreat.

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“Preserve New Fairfield,” 2015. Link.


Preserve New Fairfield. “Hubbell House and the Parsonage,” 2015. Link.
Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. “Squantz Pond State Park,” 2012. Link.


Connecticut State Library Digital Collections. “New Fairfield - WPA Architectural Survey,” 2015. Link.
“New Fairfield Collection.” Connecticut Digital Archive, n.d. Link.


Murphy, Susan, and Gary Smolen. Candlewood Lake. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2005.
Hurd, D. Hamilton, ed. History of Fairfield County, Connecticut with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia, PA: J.W. Lewis & Company, 1881. Link.
Preserve New Fairfield, Inc. New Fairfield. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 2008.