Welcome to Hat City, conveniently located with access to major highways and shopping centers.
First settled in 1685, Danbury was incorporated in 1702. Originally known as Swampfield, its name was changed to Danbury in 1687. Steeped in history, Danbury was an important military depot during the American Revolution, during which the city was burned and looted by the British army. Known as Hat City or The Hat Capital of the World, Danbury’s history of making hats dates back perhaps to the 1780’s. By 1800, more hats were being made in Danbury than any other US city. Today, the hatting industry is no longer in Danbury. The Danbury Fair began in 1821, and was an annual event from 1869-1981. Of course, the Danbury Fair Mall, which opened in 1986, sits on the site of the former Danbury Fairgrounds.
Today, Danbury is a diverse city of approximately 78,000 residents. Danbury has added numerous businesses and industries since the decline of hatting in the area, and offers residents a varied selection of new construction and resale homes, multi-family properties, condominiums and townhomes, historic homes and a selection of waterfront cottages and estates. Home prices range from condos below $100,000 to sprawling million dollar properties.
Nestled between New York State and Candlewood Lake, Danbury offers the excitement of being near a major metropolitan area, and the serenity of the lake and the many parks throughout the City. Its Danbury Fair Mall is a major shopping destination for residents of both New York and Connecticut, and Danbury’s downtown Main Street includes a plethora of small shops and restaurants.
The Danbury Public schools consist of fourteen elementary schools serving grades K-5, two middle schools (Broadview and Rogers Park) for grades 6-8, Danbury High School, the Alternative Center for Excellence as an optional high school, and as of 2006 now includes the Western Connecticut Academy of International Studies magnet school for the region’s elementary students.
Important Phone Numbers:
Danbury Mayor’s Office: 203.797.4511
Danbury Tax Assessor: 203.797.4556
Consolidated School: 203.312.5940
Meeting House Hill School: 203.312.5905
New Fairfield Middle School: 203.312.5885
New Fairfield High School: 203.312.5805
Contact Don today for more information about buying or selling a home in Danbury.