Matthew Curtiss House

Matthew Curtiss House, Newtown
– Daniel Sterner,

The town of Newtown is located in Fairfield County in the southwestern portion of the state. Settled from the town of Stratford and incorporated in 1711, Newtown was originally a stronghold for Tory sentiment during the Revolutionary War. Although primarily a farming community, Newtown saw local industry flourish in the 19th century and factories in town produced various items including buttons, combs, folding boxes, and fire hoses. The town was also the site of mica and feldspar mines. Industry declined during the 20th century, and Newtown became a residential community that retains its rural nature today.

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