Wolcott

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The Town of Wolcott is a residential community located in northern New Haven County with a land area of 21.6 square miles and a population of 16,800. There are about 6,000 total housing units with a median sales price of $250,000. The median household income in Wolcott is $81,600.

Wolcott has a mayor and town council form of government. The nine-member town council is comprised of three members from each of the town’s three voting districts.

History

Wolcott was originally known as Farmingbury. It is now named after Governor Wolcott, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the town's incorporation in 1796.

Among Wolcott's most famous residents are Seth Thomas, who made his first clock in Wolcott and went on to become one of the region's clock making giants, and Amos Bronson Alcott, an educator, philosopher, and poet whose equally famous daughter, Louisa May Alcott, was the author of Little Women.

Wolcott's old Woodtick School is a one-room stone building built in 1825. It served area students continuously for 109 years and is now maintained by the Wolcott Historical Society.

Town Services

Wolcott has a full-time police department, volunteer fire department and volunteer ambulance service.

Charles Rietdyke Senior Center is a staffed senior center run by the town that offers nutrition, health screening, and recreation programs for the elderly. Daily programs include poker, bridge, basic exercising, weight strengthening, line dancing, bingo, and knitting. The town also operates a senior bus transportation service, providing seniors with rides throughout Wolcott and the Greater Waterbury area.

Wolcott Public Library offers much more than just books. Some of the items you will find here are audiobooks, CDs, magazines, DVDs and VHS tapes. The library also has audibooks available for download to an iPod, MP3 player or computer (mac or pc). Through NetLibrary, residents have 24/7 access to ebooks, digital versions of journals and database content. The library offers many other resources from one-on-one internet training to job search and resume tutorials.

The Wolcott Chamber of Commerce publishes a Directory for all residents and businesses in the town of Wolcott.

Education

Wolcott Public Schools have a reputation for providing an excellent, comprehensive education program. The school district has three elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. Some programs featured at these schools are gifted/talented programs; pre-school program and student services programs for special needs students; latchkey program before and after school for elementary students; UCONN co-op and advanced placement courses; Ukraine student exchange program; and vocational/technical training programs.

Recreation

The Woodtick Recreational Area is owned by the town and open to the public. It features a sandy beach with lifeguards, playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, and a large picnic area. Farmingbury Hills Golf Course is a municipal 9-hole course located on 85 acres atop Southington Mountain. The scenic course offers excellent views of Apple Valley and a professionally groomed course. A clubhouse and public restaurant were added in 2000 to complete the golf experience. Peterson Park offers residents tennis courts, basketball courts, picnic areas, and playgrounds. Wolcott is also home to the beginning of the 35-mile Mattatuck Trail, one of Connecticut's finest hiking trails. Baseball, soccer, basketball, and midget football programs are available to community youth.

The Lions Club Fair, held in August, is a registered state fair attracting 50,000 people annually.

Visit the town’s website at http://wolcottct.org for more information.