Known for its rural character, historic homes and natural vistas, Redding is situated in the center of Fairfield County with a population of just over 9,000. The town is approximately 50 miles from both New York City and Hartford, with I 84 to the north and the Merritt Parkway and I 95 to the south. Redding sits between Bethel, Wilton and Ridgefield.
Redding possesses a unique combination of quiet, country life with the convenience of active business districts (West Redding and Georgetown), a Metro North train station and enviable cultural offerings – including the Mark Twain Library and Shasta County Arts Council. Redding Park and Recreation offers before and after school care, summer camps, youth sports leagues and more. Residents enjoy swimming and canoeing at Topstone Park, which also includes a playground and dog park. Redding’s natural beauty is on display for hikers in both the Devil’s Den Preserve and Huntington State Park.
John Read settled in Redding in 1714 when it was part of Fairfield, setting up 500 acres for his family on property he called Lonetown Manor. Soon, mills and other farming enterprises sprouted up around Read’s busy settlement which eventually became the town of Redding, incorporated in 1767.
The Easton-Redding-Region 9 School District (awarded the National Blue Ribbon Schools Seal) includes Redding Elementary and John Read Middle School, as well as Joel Barlow High School which is shared with students from Easton. The Redding Elementary School was awarded the prestigious PTA School of Excellence Award for 2015-2017.
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