Introduction to North Branford, Connecticut
North Branford, Connecticut, in New Haven county, is 8 miles SE of Hamden, Connecticut and 75 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is part of the New Haven - Meriden metropolitan statistical area.
North Branford History
Theophilus Eaton and John Davenport purchased land from the Indian Sachem at Quinnipiac in 1638. The area called 'Totoket' was sold to them by Montowese, the leader of a small Native American tribe. This land later became known as Branford, and included the area now known as North Branford. Captain Jonathan Rose is said to be the first man to build his home in the North Branford area. The community was primarily agricultural, as North Branford was found to have the ideal climate for growing cherries and apples. The town of North Branford was officially incorporated in 1831.
North Branford and nearby Attractions
- Totoket Historical Society Building
- Thomas Griswold House
- Henry Whitfield State Museum
- Central Shopping Plaza Shopping Center
- Lake Gaillard
- Pardee Rose Garden
Things To Do In North Branford
The Henry Whitfield State Museum, the oldest house in Connecticut, was built in 1639 and an interesting and popular tourist destination. The Eli Whitney Gun Factory, the Harrison House, the Hyland House and the Thomas Griswold House are some of the historic sites within 10 miles of North Branford. The Central Shopping Plaza Shopping Center and Grant Oak Shopping Center are popular among shoppers. In addition, North Branford also hosts the Baked Potato & Roasted Corn Festival and the Touch-A-Truck festival every year.
North Branford Transportation
Air transportation is available from the Tweed-New Haven Airport.
North Branford Higher Education
Quinnipiac University, Yale University and Gateway Community College provide opportunities for higher education.