Hamden, Connecticut is often spoken of as the “Land of the Sleeping Giant” because of the unique rock formation located north of the town in the Mount Carmel section. The ridgeline resembles an giant reclining figure visible from most of the town and the surrounding area. With close proximity to business and commercial centers nearby, Hamden is an ideal location for suburban life making it one of Connecticut’s best communities for your home and family.
At Sleeping Giant State Park there are picnic areas and hiking trails including the tower trail to the stone tower where you can catch wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. Hamden has plenty of outdoor space that is available for year-round sports and leisure from the large areas of undeveloped land.
One of the town’s cultural centers is The Miller Library complex. Named after the local playwright, Thornton Wilder Hall hosts frequent lectures, arts festivals, concerts and children’s programs.
The Eli Whitney Museum is dedicated to the creator of the cotton gin and preserves the roots of the industrial revolution that changed America – and eventually the world. In 1806, the dam that Eli Whitney built at the mill site was enlarged to create a reservoir, Lake Whitney. The museum is a beautifully classic New England setting with a waterfall, covered bridge and pond.
Whitney constructed stone homes for his employees in the nearby area that came to be known as Whitneyville – and is believed to be the first example of employer-provided housing in the country.
Today, Hamden has a wide variety homes of many sizes and design styles for every need. The town has large contemporary houses ranging all the way back to older colonials homes within distinct neighborhood settings. The community also has tasteful condominiums and apartments.
For golfers the New Haven Country Club golf course is a regulation length 18-hole course. This medium-length layout has 3 sets of teeboxes for a fun and challenging golfing experience. The Laurel View Country Club has large, rolling fast greens with water hazards (ponds and streams) coming into play on five holes.
Originally, the Farmington Canal allowed ships to travel from New Haven northward through Hamden between 1825 and 1848. The canal right-of-way today has become a popular walking and bicycling trail, passing through some of some of the city’s oldest historic sites and well-preserved locks of the canal.
Hamden has a Dog Park which has a completely fenced in area with a brick path and patio. There is a separate small dog area with its own entrance.
Hamden is home to three inter-district magnet schools, a public charter school, numerous private schools and Quinnipiac University, a growing university with programs for undergraduates and graduates. Hamden has Eli Whitney Technical High School and a modern high school.
The combination of close proximity to surrounding commercial and metropolitan centers, together with its open space, its “Sleeping Giant” and quite suburban life makes Hamden one of Connecticut’s best cities for your home and family.