The History of Newtown (cont'd)
One area that was settled away from the village first was Sandy Hook. There, the waterpower of the Potatuck River lured several early settlers who were intent on setting up the saw and gristmills, which were necessary for the town's continued growth. Although Sandy Hook would not grow dramatically until the industrialization of the mid 19th century, there was a small but important community here within a year of Newtown becoming a town.
The little communities with engaging names such as Dodgingtown, Hattertown, Lake George, and Head O'Meadow are all fossils of the settlement patterns of Newtown's proprietors as well as quaint reminders of our agricultural past.