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Norfolk, CT

Population: 1,667
Area: 46.4 sq.mi.
Elementary School: Botelle Elementary School (K-8)
High School: Northwest Regional School No. 7

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At the turn of the century, Norfolk was a watering hole for wealthy New Yorkers, who often had their own private train cars stop at the town station, today a renovated office building. Norfolk proudly shows its wealthy roots: the town is has many elegant late-Victorian houses, many of them designed by Alfredo Taylor (who also designed the train station). Visitors were mostly summer people. Norfolk, at 1700 ft., is the highest - and thus, coldest -of the Northwest Corner towns. Today, old Norfolk families mix happily with farmers, newcomers and weekenders. The commercial center is small and includes an antiques store, a pub and a pizza shop, but necessities are easily procured in Canaan (to the west) and Winsted (to the east). Places to stay include the Blackberry River Inn on Rt. 44 west of the village, one of the town's 24 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Manor House, in town, is a Tudor mansion boasting Tiffany windows.

What Norfolk has, in spades, is charm and culture. Its Romanesque library has a history of presenting lively lectures and first-rate art shows often featuring town luminaries in the worlds of politics and the arts. The Yale summer schools of music and art are both headquartered in Norfolk, on the Ellen Battell Stoeckel estate in the heart of the village. The world-famous Norfolk Chamber Music Festival stages concerts at the Shed on the Stoeckel campus all summer long.

Residents swim at Tobey Pond and in winter, skate on Wood Creek Pond, which also offers a boat ramp. Golf and tennis are available at the private Norfolk Country Club, which neighbors the Norfolk Curling Club, surely the only curling club in the area, if not the state. Norfolk residents can picnic and walk in the 240-acre Dennis Hill park or in Campbell Falls Park with its Whiting River waterfalls, or make the drive up the nearby Haystack Mountain, where an easily ascended tower offers staggering 360-degee views. And in spring, there is nothing like a drive over Canaan Mountain when the mountain laurel is in full display, starting in Falls Village, traversing through hundreds of acres of Yale Forestry land, passing the beautiful Wangum Lake at the mountain's peak and descending into Norfolk village.

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