Seymour stepped into the
21st century with a confident attitude and a list of new accomplishments.
One of America's first industrial villages, this appealing town has gone through
its share of ups and downs since incorporating in 1850.
Categorized as a dying mill town in the 1980s, this diverse community
successfully reversed that trend and became known as a prosperous and viable
center for business and light industry, as well as a community that places
importance on the education of its children and the quality of life of its
Read more about the history
Downtown Seymour's quaint brick sidewalk, old fashioned street lamps, Victorian
buildings (known as "painted ladies") and bustling stores, combine with two of
the town's many parks, a new shopping plaza, a new police station and middle
school and a fish and kayak bypass on the Naugatuck River that will incorporate
meandering walkways, to signal an aggressive revitalization of the downtown
The Kerite Company continues to lead the world in coated cable and wire.
Silvermine Industrial Park, which is tucked on top of a hill, is almost
completely occupied by high-profile companies that compete in the global market.
It offers commuter buses to bring employees to the area from the shoreline
cities. Visit the Economic Development
page for more information.
Naklo-nad-Notecia, Poland, was adopted as Seymour's sister-city in 1998 and at
least one profitable Polish American business partnership has been created
through that relationship. Many friendships have also been established.
Delegations of Seymour High School students and town officials have visited
Poland several times to participate in an indoor soccer tournament. A
polish delegation visited the U.S. in October 1999 and another in June 2002.
This progressive town, along with the five other Naugatuck Valley towns that
comprise the Valley Chamber of Commerce, was chosen to receive the 2000
All-American Cities Award. This honor recognized the efforts the Valley
has made in the areas of public safety, youth services, and economic
Water recreation opportunities abound along the five serpentine miles of the
Housatonic and Naugatuck Rivers. Fishing (trout, sea-run browns, shad,
salmon, bass, perch and pickerel are found in the rivers) and other
water sports can be enjoyed. The state Department of Environmental
protection has partnered with local and state agencies and conservation groups
(most notable Trout Unlimited) to reclaim the Naugatuck River. Part of
that project is the construction of an in-stream fish and non-motorized boat
passageway that will create a challenging course for canoe and kayak
enthusiasts. Construction on this project is under way.
Open Space and Parks
The Keith Mitchell Forest, named for the town arborist, is 229 acres of pristine
land that was purchased by the town in 1998. Mandated to be kept as open
space, it provides hiking and wildlife viewing for its visitors.
Additionally, the state has purchase more than 350 acres of property to be kept
"in perpetuity" as passive open space and guarantees that the scenic beauty of
the hills will not be marred. This and other projects have shown that the
local residents have a deep commitment to open space.
Residents can choose to visit any one of seven scenic parks, each offering
different activities. Seymour High School provides tennis courts,
softball, baseball and football fields, a rubberized track and an indoor pool.
Other municipal parks offer hiking trails, playground equipment, softball
fields, a baseball field, a soccer field, a Little League complex and a skate
park where those who use a skateboard or inline skates have a place to enjoy
In 1999, voters approved the refurbishing of all town parks
and that work continues today. A multi-use, lighted,
sports utility field has been completed adjacent to Seymour High School.
Culture, Arts, Entertainment
The Culture and Arts Commission organizes an outdoor summer concert series at
various locations in the community that features diverse musical styles.
The high school Drama Club produces several professional quality plays and
musicals and a regional theater company has scheduled several theater
performances throughout the year. Commission members oversaw the
renovation of the historic Strand Theater at 165 Main Street several years ago.
The facility has been the recipient of generous grants and continues to upgrade
its lighting and sound. The Art Deco period theater is used for films as
well as live theater. It shows second-run feature films 7 p.m. Friday and
Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.
In 1998 Entertainment Cinemas, a 12-screen movie theater complex in the Tri-Town
Plaza shopping center, opened its doors. Located on Derby Avenue at exit
19 off Route 8, Entertainment Cinemas is the lower Naugatuck Valley's only
multi-screen theater. This state-of-the-art complex offers movie fans
stadium-style seating and stereo surround sound. A recorded listing
of current movie features and ticket prices may be heard by calling the box office at 203-734-2000.
At special times of the year, annual celebrations such as craft and antique
fairs, the Farmers Market and community parades give Seymour a distinctly New
England flavor. The well-known annual Pumpkin Festival traditionally draws
thousands of people to browse among handicrafts, food and other goodies.
It is located at French Memorial park. Funds raised at this festival are
distributed back to the community to fund projects and scholarships for local
high school students.
Founded by a Seymour resident, the very merry Seymour Christmas Parade has
marched down Main Street some 30 years. Begun as a small town activity, it
evolved to include several marching bands and colorful floats from across the
The Seymour Public Library offers a variety of programs for residents from
preschool age to senior citizen
status. Children ages 3 to 5 enjoy story
hour, consisting of finger plays, movement activities, musical activities and
crafts. Pajama movie night invites youngsters to cuddle with their
sleeping bag or a pillow and blanket, along with a beloved stuffed animal or
favorite doll, while enjoying a popular kid flick. Young Adult Talkers for
children grade 6 and up offers young people a chance to share their favorite
books with kids their own age. Summer Book Club presents a gala kick-off
and finale, in addition to prizes for those who participate in the program.
For adults and older teenagers, the library provides adult craft classes and
programs including CPR training, tax assistance, living trust classes and
workshops in financial planning or funding a college education. Annual
events include the popular Scholastic Book Fair, which are both sponsored by
Friends of the Seymour Library.
The town's dedication to public safety and education gives its growing
population the services to raise families and build businesses in safety.
Seymour has its own police force, volunteer fire department and nationally
recognized ambulance association. It is ranked as one of Connecticut's
safest communities. The town's police department has a state-of-the-art Police Station on Franklin Street.
The public school system has three elementary schools, a middle school and a
high school. Even during an unforeseen municipal financial setback several
years ago, the townspeople voted to fund education at a high level. The
schools continue to emphasize school-to-career programs, as well as college
prep, increased computer literacy for teachers and students, violence prevention
and drug awareness programs. A new $32 million middle school opened its
doors in 2002. A $22 million dollar addition to the Seymour High School
done in 2006. Visit the Seymour Public Schools website
for more information.
The George Hummel Little League, Pop Warner football, Seymour soccer, Girl
Scouts USA, the Boy Scouts of America, the town Recreation Department and
numerous church-affiliated youth organizations present a variety of after-school
and summer activities.
Route 67 connects Bethany, through Seymour to Oxford, Southbury and more.
Klarides Shopping Plaza, Stop and Shop plaza, Tri-Town Plaza and Seybridge Plaza
contain many different types of shops and eating establishments. There are
more than 35 restaurants ranging from fast food franchises to an elegant banquet
facility for business and social gatherings to a restaurant that caters to
boaters. Route 34 connects New Haven and Derby to Seymour, Oxford, Monroe,
and Newtown and beyond. Route 115 connects Seymour to Ansonia. Many
outstanding retail and service businesses are found along its route.
Seymour's convenient access to numerous surrounding towns and to the Route 8
corridor, which connects the Valley to Fairfield County and the shore, make an
each business commute. Centrally located, the town is served by
Metro-North commuter rail and by Connecticut transit buses to and from New
Haven. The wide variety of housing and well-planned zoning enables
the town to enjoy a thriving business sector without sacrificing its rural
Whether you are doing weekly grocery shopping, looking for a unique gift idea,
renting a movie or standing on the riverbank with a rod and reel, Seymour has
everything one would need or want. Seymour is, indeed, the place, perhaps the perfect place, for families to
live, shop, and play.