Kent, Connecticut

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Kent, Connecticut
St. Andrew's Church
St. Andrew's Church
Official seal of Kent, Connecticut
Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Location in Litchfield County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°43′54″N 73°27′09″W / 41.73167°N 73.45250°W / 41.73167; -73.45250Coordinates: 41°43′54″N 73°27′09″W / 41.73167°N 73.45250°W / 41.73167; -73.45250
Country United States
U.S. state Connecticut
RegionNorthwest Hills
 • TypeSelectman-town meeting
 • First selectmanBruce K. Adams (D)
 • SelectmanMichael V. Valkenburg (D)
 • SelectmanMary C. Williams (R)
 • Total49.6 sq mi (128.5 km2)
 • Land48.5 sq mi (125.5 km2)
 • Water1.1 sq mi (2.9 km2)
466 ft (142 m)
 • Total2,962
 • Density61/sq mi (24/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP code
06757, 06785
Area code(s)860
FIPS code09-40290
GNIS feature ID0213446

Kent is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, alongside the border with New York. The population was 2,858 at the 2000 census; the town is home to three boarding schools: Kent School, The Marvelwood School and South Kent School. The Schaghticoke Indian Reservation is also located within town borders.


The Town of Kent was sectioned in 1737 and settled about 1739;[2] the town was named after Kent, in England.[3]


Kent is in Litchfield County, its location is 41°43′29″N 73°28′39″W / 41.72472°N 73.47750°W / 41.72472; -73.47750. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 49.6 square miles (128 km2), of which, 48.5 square miles (126 km2) of it is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) of it (2.26%) is water. Bulls Bridge, one of two covered bridges open to vehicles in Connecticut, is located in the town; the town is bisected by the Housatonic River. The western half contains Macedonia Brook State Park, the Schaghticoke Indian Reservation, as well as a section of the Appalachian Trail.

Principal communities[edit]

  • Bulls Bridge
  • Flanders
  • Kent center
  • Kent Furnace
  • Macedonia
  • North Kent
  • South Kent (has its own post office)
  • Schaghticoke Indian Reservation

Points of interest[edit]

Macedonia Brook State Park[edit]

Macedonia Brook State Park was first opened in 1918 with a donation of 1,552 acres (6.28 km2) from White Memorial Foundation of Litchfield. Since then, it has now grown to a size of 2,300 acres (9.3 km2) and is used for outdoor recreation throughout the year.

Besides the pure beauty of Appalachia, the park also boasts extensive trails, campgrounds, a venue for large group picnics, a small hilltop lake and of course, Macedonia Brook. Visitors can also take advantage of the numerous grills set up around the park. From peaks on the Blue Trail, hikers can take in fantastic views of the Catskill Mountains and the Taconic Mountains.

Kent Falls State Park[edit]

Kent Falls, before its 2005-2006 renovation

Kent Falls State Park is often called “The Jewel of the Inland Parks” with its scenic views of 17 waterfalls; the falls are fed by wetlands which are located in Warren, and empties directly into the Housatonic River, which is across the street from the park.

A trail winds a quarter of a mile up along the falls and although it is not difficult to walk it is steep, rising 250 feet (76 m) in just a quarter mile. In 2006 a 1.1 million dollar trail renovation was finished which provided new viewing platforms and a redesigned trail. Swimming was at one time allowed along the entire length of the falls but due to a number of serious accidents, and large scale damage to the natural environment which thrives in the park all of the area along the water above the bottom level is now closed by state law.

The park is designated as a Trout Park and is stocked with trout from the state's hatcheries. Due to the Trout Park designation the daily creel limit in the park is two fish.

Bulls Bridge[edit]

color photo of covered bridge
Bulls Bridge, Kent, Connecticut

Bull's Bridge is one of three remaining covered bridges in Connecticut dating from the 19th century. George Washington crossed the Housatonic River near the site of the present bridge in 1781.

Sloane-Stanley Museum[edit]

A museum featuring the studio and antique collections of Eric Sloane.

Connecticut Antique Machinery Association[edit]

A museum dedicated to antique machinery, as the name implies. One notable exhibit is its 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge[4] railroad, which features an operating steam locomotive.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20142,910[5]−2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 2,858 people, 1,143 households, and 744 families residing in the town; the population density was 59.0 people per square mile (22.8/km²).were 1,463 housing units at an average density of 30.2 per square mile (11.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.77% White, 0.56% Black or African American, 0.77% Native American, 0.98% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.70% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 2.52% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The most numerous ethnic groups in Kent are:

  • English - 19%[1]
  • Irish - 16%
  • German - 14%
  • Italian - 7%
  • Scottish - 5%

There were 1,143 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 5.2% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $53,906, and the median income for a family was $66,065. Males had a median income of $46,343 versus $31,493 for females; the per capita income for the town was $38,674. About 0.1% of families and 3.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.

Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 25, 2005[8]
Party Active voters Inactive voters Total voters Percentage
Democratic 602 26 628 29.68%
Republican 570 20 590 27.88%
Unaffiliated 839 59 898 42.44%
Minor Parties 0 0 0 0.0%
Total 2,011 105 2,116 100%


Kent is a member of Regional School District 01, which also includes the towns of Canaan, Cornwall, North Canaan, Salisbury, and Sharon. Public school students attend Kent Center School from grades K-8 and Housatonic Valley Regional High School from grades 9-12. Kent also has three private schools, they are Kent School, a co-ed Episcopal independent school serving grades 9-12/PG, South Kent School, an all-boys Episcopal independent school, and Marvelwood School, a co-ed non-sectarian independent school.


Route 7 is the main north-south highway in the town, while Route 341 is the main east-west highway.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates
  2. ^ Kent Historical Society -- 275th anniversary celebration October 2014
  3. ^ The Connecticut Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly. Connecticut Magazine Company. 1903. p. 332.
  4. ^ "The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association"
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  8. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 25, 2005" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 23, 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-02.
  9. ^ Sowles, Edward A. (October 21, 1890). Memorial Sketch of Herman R. Beardsley in Proceedings of the Vermont Bar Association. II, 5. Barre, VT: Thomas H. Cave, Book and Job Printer. pp. 310–313.

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