About Our Town
Incorporated in 1779 and named for General George Washington, who stopped here for breakfast at Cogswell Tavern in 1781, Washington has a rich and storied history. The dairy farms and river mills of the 1800s have given way to a vibrant arts and culture scene and a classic New England landscape that offers glimpses of the past.
A sense of place, a feeling for community, and an awareness of how we are all part of our surroundings are essential to us
The Frederick Gunn School campus is within walking distance of the town’s idyllic green, white-steepled meeting house, and historic homes, as well as boutique shops, outstanding restaurants, a seasonal outdoor farmer’s market, independent bookstore, art galleries, and a community gathering and event space known as The Judy Black Memorial Park & Gardens. The town and our school are also steeped in nature, surrounded by the scenic hills, woods, lakes and rivers that so inspired our founder and have been preserved for generations to enjoy.
If you’re looking to explore, Steep Rock Association, which was founded by noted architect Ehrick Rossiter, Class of 1870, offers three unique nature preserves with over 40 miles of recreational trails. Don’t miss your chance to check out the exceptional exhibition, “Washington, Connecticut – An American Story,” at the Gunn Historical Museum to learn more about the history of our town, and Frederick Gunn!
Plan your visit to Washington’s five distinct villages, find up-to-date event listings and more at Explore Washington, the town’s official tourism and community website.