DescriptionFounded by eight families in 1684, Danbury included the town of Bethel until 1855. Supplies were stored locally during the Revolution, and in 1777 Gen. William Tryon's British troops burned many of the stores and buildings. Gen. David Wooster led a force in pursuit of the British; he was mortally wounded in one of the ensuing battles and was buried here.
The first hat factory was established in Danbury in 1780, and for the next 150 years the city was a millinery center, even being referred to as the “hatting capital of the world” in the 1920s. After 1950 Danbury's economy underwent a dramatic transformation, and now comprises a broad range of corporate headquarters and industries from metal fabrication and advanced technology to pharmaceuticals, bio-medical products, paper, publishing, energy and aerospace development.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Charles Ives was born in Danbury, and famed opera singer Marian Anderson made the city her home for 50 years. The Danbury Museum & Historical Society, 43 Main St., offers tours of the Ives Homestead, Anderson Studio, 1785 Rider House, 1790 Dodd Hat Shop and a restored schoolhouse; phone (203) 743-5200. Musical and theatrical performances are presented each summer at Charles Ives Concert Park and at other locations throughout the city.
Visitor InfoGreater Danbury Chamber of Commerce 39 West St. DANBURY, CT 06810. Phone:(203)743-5565
ShoppingDanbury Fair Mall, off I-84 and US 7 at 7 Backus Ave., features Forever 21, JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Macy's and Sears among its more than 150 specialty stores.
Things to SeeDanbury Railway Museum