“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
From Producing Iron Ore To Producing Incredible Charm
Kent, CT – If we were to ask you to name the best thing about small towns in America, you’d surely have an opinion on the matter, and a valid one, at that. And if someone were to ask us, we’d also have a thing or two to say about that particular subject. Namely, it’s the fact that small towns are virtually countless and can be found in every corner of the country. Of course, needless to say they often provide a very calm, quiet and serene environment that allows you to relax and unwind. So, what is it about Kent, CT that’s made it worthy of being a part of HopAmerica.com’s small town series? Well…lots of things, actually.
Located in the picturesque and scenic northwest corner of Connecticut’s Litchfield County, the town has had a colorful history as a thriving producer of iron ore, as well as a bustling farming town. Incorporated in 1739, today Kent has some 3,000 residents and represents a charming rural community that boasts numerous small hamlets, such as The Cobble, South Kent, Kent Hollow and Bulls Bridge. When heading into town, the impossible-to-miss obelisk Civil War Soldiers Monument at the intersection of Route 341 and State Route 7 is a definitive sign that you have reached downtown Kent.
No Worries There
And speaking of this area of the town, it can be said that it has become a favorite day trip and weekend destination for people all across the country, including hordes of New Yorkers, who are only 90 minutes away. And while the town is primarily a residential area with a number of farms and small industry, the downtown section is comprised of restaurants, art galleries, shops and residential homes. That being said, it should be noted that it’s a good idea to stop and talk to business owners about Kent, since most shops and businesses in town are, in fact, owner operated.
If you happen to have a family, or are in the process of becoming one, you’ll be glad to know that this place holds education in the highest regard. There are three preparatory schools in town: South Kent School, Marvelwood School and Kent School. There’s also the Kent Center School, which has been renovated and represents the public elementary/middle school (K-8), and along with the Housatonic Valley Regional High School, which serves as the public high school (9-12) and is located in Falls Village, it is part of the Region One school district. So, no worries there.
Kent, CT – Spoiler Alert
It’s no secret that residents often comment how lucky they are to have such a great place to call home, and that’s completely understandable. After all, Kent is revered as the perfect destination for scenic drive lovers, especially during the fall, as the area becomes the stuff of fairytales and myths thanks to the abundant foliage. On the other hand, this small town is also known for offering conventional ways of enjoying life, including fishing, camping, biking and hiking at local and State parks.
WARNING: Insider Info – If you want to take HopAmerica.com’s advice, be sure to fish the famed Housatonic River, boat on beautiful Lake Waramaug, set up camp in Macedonia State Park and/or explore the dramatic Kent Falls State Park. And if you’re particularly fond of cultural elevation, you’d be scoring 10/10 by visiting the CT Antique Machinery Museum, Seven Hearths Museum and/or the Eric Sloane Museum, as well as the incredible Kent Historical Society.