The town of Norfolk, located in Litchfield County, is in the northwest corner of the state and borders Massachusetts to the north. Situated in the foothills of the Berkshires, Norfolk was settled in 1744 and incorporated in 1758. Originally a farming community, the town saw a rise in industry in the 19th century as small factories built along its numerous streams produced tools and farm implements from locally mined iron ore. By the late 19th century Norfolk became a resort community, and visitors from Connecticut, New York, and Massachusetts flocked to the small town during the summer. Today, Norfolk retains its rural character and is home to three state parks, miles of hiking trails, and the Yale Summer School of Music and Art.
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