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Redding, CT is recognized as one of the top small town in both the state, and nationwide. In fact, in 2012 Connecticut Magazine named it the 2nd best small town in the state, and in 2009 CNNMoney named it the 4th best small town to live in, nationwide. This picturesque town has a unique topography: three ridges run north-south, creating valleys with steep slopes. The Aspetuck, Little, Norwalk and Saugatuck Rivers are run through the town. The Saugatuck Reservoir, at the low point in town, sits over 500 feet lower than the highest ridges. The village of Georgetown lies partially in Redding, and partially in Wilton (it's not unusual in this part of the country for villages and hamlets to lie within the borders of larger towns, and even span towns as the case is here). Contained within is the Georgetown Historic District, comprised of 120 contributing buildings on 125 acres of land. The area is considered a rare example of rural, industrial life that has rarely been preserved. Houses are mixed in among the factories, and homes from different social (and management) levels sit side by side. A factory manager could be living not only in the same neighborhood as, but next door to, the person sweeping the factory floors. Nature lovers will find that the town has preserved over 4000 acres in parks and open lands. Over 60 miles of hiking trails are located with the city. A volunteer group, the Redding Tender Trails, help to maintain the trails. Also in Redding are not one, but two, state parks: Huntington State Park, and Putnam State Park. The parks consist of open fields and dense woodlands. The Parks and Recreation Department also runs summer and vacation camps for kids, childcare, and sports leagues. They also sponsor a Concerts on the Green series, an acoustic music series, and coffee house performers.

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  • Joel Barlow Regional High School
  • John Read Middle School
  • Redding Elementary School

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