The Town of Easton is located in the heart of Fairfield County. It borders 6 towns, Redding, Fairfield, Trumbull, Weston, Newtown and Monroe. It is unique, as it has retained much of the rural character that has attracted residents for decades.
The Town of Easton covers 27 square miles and has a population of 7,450 in 2011. The citizens of Easton are fortunate to inherit a town with so much of its New England character intact. The town is deep in its rural history and survives through a combination of family agricultural tradition and the town’s location in a watershed area. Easton is primarily a farming community with many small businesses and industries. Forty percent of the town area is devoted to reservoirs and the water from these reservoirs is a critical element in serving the growing residential population in surrounding towns.
The Easton community has long strived for family traditions and high educational standards for their children. Easton has three schools: Samuel Staples Elementary school, for children in grades from kindergarten to 5th grade, Helen Keller Middle School, for children in grades 6 through 8, and the private school Easton Country Day for children K-8 (formerly Phoenix Academy). High school students attend Joel Barlow High School in Redding. Joel Barlow High School was rated #9 in the State of Connecticut Top Schools by #6 in Fairfield County by US News and World Report. They were awarded a gold metal Nationally and #13 in the State of Connecticut.
There are operational farms in town: Silverman’s Tree Farm where you pick your own fruit, visit their market with fresh cider or visit the petting zoo. Sherwood Farm is where you can purchase your own produce grown on the property. Sport Hill Farm is a small sustainably operated farm providing fresh, healthy, and organic delicious produce as well as education on farming in the area to anyone who is interested. There are also various tree farms that are visited by towns near and far searching for their perfect Christmas tree.
Among the traditions in Easton, not only are there many family farms with fresh vegetables and produce, a stroll through the orchards to pick apples and peaches, tree farms during the holiday season, there are also tractor rides through fields of color, pumpkin picking, a Sunday drive past antique homes brilliant with summer flowers, hiking through various trails of town owned open space. For those who want to revisit homey family traditions associated with New England’s past… it is still alive in Easton.