Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Sandy Hook, Connecticut
Sandy Hook post office and dam, from a postcard sent in 1914
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Sandy Hook borders the village of Botsford, the Newtown borough, and the towns of Monroe, Southbury, and Oxford along the Housatonic River. The village of Sandy Hook includes the communities of Berkshire, Riverside, Walnut Tree Hill, and Zoar. It also extends for a short distance into the town of Monroe along Old Zoar Road and Bagburn Hill/Jordan Hill Road.
Sandy Hook was founded when several proprietors with land in the area relocated together to reduce isolation. Within a year of the settlement of Newtown, some of its proprietors began moving away from the central village to some of their larger parcels. Colonists found that the Pootatuck River at Sandy Hook allowed for saw and grist mills, leading to it becoming one of the first outlying areas to be settled. The neighborhood did not grow dramatically until the mid-19th century post-industrialization.
2012 school shootingEdit
On December 14, 2012[update], Adam Lanza shot and killed his mother at home, then went to Sandy Hook Elementary School where he killed 26 people before taking his own life. It was the second-deadliest[update] mass shooting in U.S. history at the time, after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings.
Sandy Hook has a few historic landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places.
- John Angel, sculptor
- Luther Meade Blackman, major during the American Civil War accused of forging the Bat Creek inscription
- Suzanne Collins, American television writer and author of The Underland Chronicles and The Hunger Games trilogy
- Anthony Edwards, actor
- William Hamilton Gibson, 19th-century illustrator, author, and naturalist
- Charles Goodyear, gained renown in 1839 for the technique of the vulcanization of rubber
- Ruth Gordon, actress
- Arthur Twining Hadley, 13th president of Yale University
- John Howat, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Charles R. Jackson, 1950s writer and novelist, author of The Lost Weekend
- Caitlyn Jenner, 1976 Summer Olympics decathlon gold medalist
- Elia Kazan, stage/motion picture director and author
- Steven Kellogg, illustrator
- Grace Moore, operatic soprano and actress in musical theater and film
- Valentin Panera, Spanish actor, husband of Grace Moore
- Molly Pearson, 20th-century stage actress
- Albert Berger Rossdale, U.S. Representative from New York
- James Thurber, writer, satirist, cartoonist, author of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
- Marcus Tracy, professional soccer player
- Mead Treadwell, 13th Lieutenant Governor of Alaska and former chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission
- Jenna von Oÿ, actress and singer
- Thelma Wood, sculptor
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