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Seymour, Connecticut
Town
"Panorama From Castle Rock" of Seymour, from a 1905 postcard
"Panorama From Castle Rock" of Seymour, from a 1905 postcard
Official seal of Seymour, Connecticut
Seal
Motto: "Seymour, A Nice Place to Visit....A Better Place to Live"[1]
Location in New Haven County, Connecticut
Location in New Haven County, Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°23′03″N 73°05′13″W / 41.38417°N 73.08694°W / 41.38417; -73.08694Coordinates: 41°23′03″N 73°05′13″W / 41.38417°N 73.08694°W / 41.38417; -73.08694
Country United States
State Connecticut
NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford
Region Naugatuck Valley
Incorporated 1850
Government
 • Type Selectman-town meeting
 • First selectman Kurt Miller
Area
 • Total 15.0 sq mi (38.8 km2)
 • Land 14.6 sq mi (37.7 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
Elevation 387 ft (118 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 16,540
 • Density 1,100/sq mi (430/km2)
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4)
ZIP code 06478, 06483
Area code(s) 203
FIPS code 09-67610
GNIS feature ID 0213502
Website www.seymourct.org

Seymour is a town located in western New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 16,540 at the 2010 census.[2] Seymour is surrounded by the communities of Ansonia and Derby to the southeast, Beacon Falls to the north, Woodbridge to the east, and Shelton and Oxford to the west.

History[edit]

Seymour was incorporated as a town on May 1850,[3] and was named for Governor Thomas H. Seymour.[4]

The area that now encompasses the lands of the town was originally part of the town of Derby. The downtown portion of the what is now Seymour was eventually called Humphreysville, named after Revolutionary War hero David Humphreys, aide-de-camp to General George Washington[5] David Humphreys had purchased a factory in what is the downtown portion of the town, which produced scythes, other tools as well as wool product from the sheep he had imported.

In 1836, Humphreysville was incorporated as a borough within the town of Derby by the General Assembly. Upon the creation of the town of Seymour in 1850, the borough government was dis-incorporated.[6]

Emergency services[edit]

The Town of Seymour, CT has its own police department, 2 fire companies, and an ambulance association.

The Police department's Chief is Michael Metzler. The Police Department currently operates out of its headquarters located at 11 Franklin Street. The police department was previously located at 4 Wakeley Street (located behind the Citizen Engine Co. 2 building).

The fire department's fire chief is James Smith who is assisted by three assistant fire chiefs. The fire department consists of two fire companies each lead by a captain and two lieutenants. The fire marshal's office is locate at the town hall staffed with a full-time fire marshal and several deputy fire marshals.

The Citizens Engine Company No 2 is located on DeForest Street with its primary response area being the downtown and east side areas of the town. Citizens Engine was organized in 1884 when the town purchased a Button steam powered fire engine. The original fire company, which organized in 1882, was disbanded and the present fire company was organized and named in honor of the town's citizens (the company adopted the number 2 since it was the second fire company to exist in town). The current firehouse was erected in the 1890s and a few years later the hose / bell tower was struck by lighting severely damaging it. The hose / bell tower as dismantled and rebuilt shortly after. The current apparatus bay addition was erected in 1976. The Citizens operate two engines, one mini-attack / brush pumper, a heavy rescue, a tower-ladder and a hazmat unit.

The Great Hill Hose Company was organized in 1945 to help improve fire protection to Seymour's rapidly growing Great Hill and Housatonic River area. Since the Citizens Engine Company was located "downtown" it took quite some time for the firefighters and apparatus to reach the west side area. The company was first located on Great Hill Road near the old Grange building. Since the Great Hill area did not have the luxury of fire hydrants, the company utilized ponds and also "tanker trucks" that carried water. Since the 1950s, the Great Hill area continued to grow with the erections of new homes, along with the present high school and middle school buildings. The Great Hill Hose Company operates two fire engines, a water tanker truck, a heavy rescue truck, a mini attack / brush unit, a rescue boat and a utility vehicle.

Seymour Ambulance Association was organized in 1969 and incorporated as a non-proit enntity in 1972. The command structure consists of one chief, one deputy chief, one assistant chief, one captain, one training coordinator, and two lieutenants. The current chief is Scott Andrews. The S.A.A. originally operated its ambulances from various locations and was quartered in the Citizen's firehouse using the easternmost portion of the building for several years. The organization is currently quartered at 4 Wakeley Street, the building formerly utilized by the Seymour Police Department.[7]

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.0 square miles (39 km2), of which 14.6 square miles (38 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), or 2.67%, is water.

Named localities within Seymour include Bungay, Cedar Ridge District, Clifton, Garden City, Great Hill, Promise Land, Skokorat, and Squantuck.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[8] of 2010, there were 16,540 people, 6,654 households, and 4,453 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,060.6 people per square mile (409.5/km²). There were 6,356 housing units at an average density of 436.2 per square mile (168.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.75% White, 1.35% African American, 0.21% Native American, 1.77% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.04% from other races, and 0.87% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.04% of the population.

There were 6,155 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.6% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $52,408, and the median income for a family was $65,012. Males had a median income of $46,171 versus $32,186 for females. The per capita income for the town was $24,056. About 3.6% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.

Voter registration and party enrollment as of October 25, 2011[9]
Party Active voters Inactive voters Total voters Percentage
  Democratic 2,134 118 2,252 22.92%
  Republican 2,026 87 2,113 21.51%
  Unaffiliated 5,151 290 5,441 55.38%
  Minor Parties 16 3 19 0.19%
Total 9,327 498 9,825 100%

Arts and culture[edit]

Museums and other points of interest[edit]

Downtown Seymour Historic District

On the National Register of Historic Places[edit]

  • Downtown Seymour Historic District — Roughly bounded by the Naugatuck River, Main, Wakeley, and DeForest Streets (added September 25, 1983)
  • Sanford-Humphreys House — 61-63 West St. (added June 11, 1982)
  • Seymour High School and Annex — 100 Bank St. (added December 17, 1983)


Media[edit]

The Valley Independent Sentinel, an online-only, non-profit news site, launched in June 2009. It covers five towns in the lower Naugatuck Valley, including Seymour.

The Valley Gazette, a weekly print and online newspaper published since 1991, covers three towns in the lower Naugatuck Valley, including Seymour.

Education[edit]

There are four public schools in Seymour, Connecticut. They are Seymour High School (9-12), Seymour Middle School (6-8), Chatfield-LoPresti School (pre-K-5), and Bungay School(K-5).[10] Chatfield School and LoPresti School used to be separate, until they united into one school on the grounds of the former Paul E. Chatfield School. The school opened as one on the first day of school on September 5, 2012. The official dedication occurred on Sunday, October 14, 2012.[11]

Seymour Pink[edit]

Seymour Pink is a non-profit organization in Seymour. It is an organization that helps fight against breast cancer. It donates to local hospitals such as Yale's Smilow Cancer Institute and Hewitt's Breast Cancer center at Griffin Hospital. One day in the month of October is "Seymour Pink Day" where the whole town unites and wears pink in hopes of raising money.[12] Seymour High School's sports teams also participate in the fight against breast cancer.

Events[edit]

They hold many events annually including:

  • Wine Tasting Event - This is an event hosted by Mountain Road Wine and Liquor. This year's wine tasting event will occur on February 2, 2013.
  • New Year's Eve Gala - This is an event that takes place on New Year's Eve at Woodwinds in Branford, CT. It is hosted by Jacqueline Antonucci, and the proceeds go to Seymour Pink and Smilow Cancer Center.
  • Seymour Pink Golf Tournament
  • Mammo Bus & Cut-a-thon - Those without health insurance and even those with can get a free mammogram screening. This goes along with a day of hair cuts.
  • Seymour Pink Day - The whole town gets decorated with pink, and everyone wears it to show support for the fight against breast cancer.
  • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
  • Pounding the Pavement for Pink - This is a 5K run/walk held in downtown Seymour.
  • Banners for Pink - These banners hang in memory of loved ones.[13]
  • Seymour Pumpkin Festival on the grounds of French Memorial Park in September of every year.

Other annual events[edit]

Pumpkin Festival[edit]

This is a craft show that has a variety of vendors for the whole family. It has jewelry, ceramics, food concessions, and activities for kids including a costume parade, and a royal court.[14] You can decorate pumpkins, and come and listen to music.[15] It is usually held in late September at French Memorial Park.[16]

Smoke in the Valley[edit]

This is a beer and chili festival that takes places in downtown Seymour that benefits local youth sports, Seymour Pink, and emergency services. It is usually held in early October. It has live music all day, chili contests and a lot of food.[17]

Founder's Day[edit]

This is a town-wide event that showcases Seymour’s history. It unites the town so that families can enjoy an event. It promotes town businesses, and town non-profit organizations. It also benefits the Seymour Historical Society. This helps celebrate all of the residents of Seymour, Connecticut, all while giving back to other members in the community. It is usually held in the beginning of June.[18]

Memorial Day Parade[edit]

The town of Seymour hosts a Traditional holiday parade honoring the contributions of the men and women of the armed forces, past and present. It is held in downtown Seymour by the post office and train station. It is full of great floats and great music and is held on Memorial Day.[19]

Halloween Haunted Trail[edit]

The Seymour Land Trust holds this event every Halloween. You walk through dark trails by the swamp at night, and people jump out unexpectedly at you. Anyone can participate. You come and dress up, but there is a $6 admission fee. Refreshments are sold during the event. There is a short segment for special needs and small children before the main event so that they aren't scared too much.[20]

Trunk or Treat[edit]

Every year trunk or treat is held at the Seymour Middle School parking lot. Kids from pre-K to 6th grade can come and trick-or-treat from car to car. Parents just bring a decorated car and candy to hand out, and all of the younger kids can go around.[21] It is a safe alternative to normal trick or treating.

Christmas Parade[edit]

Every year, the town of Seymour hosts an annual Christmas parade. It is held in downtown Seymour by the post office and train station. It is full of great floats, great music, and a visit from Santa. It is usually held in late November or early December.[22]

Infrastructure[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Seymour train station, 2012

The Seymour train station provides commuter rail service to Bridgeport, Stamford, and Grand Central Terminal in New York City via the Waterbury Branch on the Metro-North Railroad's New Haven Line. Seymour lies along Connecticut Route 8. Connecticut Transit New Haven Division provides bus service to Seymour on its F West Chapel Street route.

Notable people[edit]

Pictures[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]



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