Introduction to Ansonia, Connecticut
Ansonia, Connecticut, in New Haven county, is 8 miles W of New Haven, Connecticut and 63 miles NE of New York, New York. The city is part of the New Haven - Meriden metropolitan statistical area. About 18,554 people live in Ansonia.
The area was first settled in in 1652. The community was named Ansonia in honor of Anson Greene Phelps, a local merchant and philanthropist. The city was initially chartered as the borough of Derby in 1864. In 1889, it became a separate town, and was finally incorporated as a city in 1893. The Great Flood of August 19, 1955, caused heavy damage to Ansonia. In the following years, a flood wall was erected along the east bank of the Naugatuck River in order to protect the city from future flooding.
Ansonia and nearby Attractions
- Weir Farm National Historic Site
- Peabody Museum of Natural History
- Connecticut Children's Museum
- Quillinan Reservoir
- Beardsley Zoological Gardens
- Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center
Things To Do In Ansonia
While in Ansonia, one can visit the Weir Farm National Historic Site, which was once the summer retreat of American painter J. Alden Weir. For those interested in learning more about the region's history and culture, a visit to the Discovery Museum, the Knights of Columbus Museum, the Peabody Museum of Natural History, the Yale Center for British Art and the Connecticut Children's Museum may prove interesting.
The nearest major airport is Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial.
Ansonia Higher Education
For higher education, one can enroll at Southern Connecticut State University, the University of New Haven, Gateway Community College or Yale University.