Kent, CT

Population: 3,095
Area: 49.6 sq.mi.
Kent Center School: (K-8)
High School: Housatonic Valley Regional High School
Independent Schools:

As the southernmost town in the Northwest Corner, Kent's proximity to New York City and its suburbs lends it the highest year-round and weekend population. Its mix of rural charm and big-city sophistication is evident on Main Street, where long-established art galleries exist side by side with mainstays like Kent Coffee and Chocolate Company and J. Giffords Deli and Bakery. A number of clothing stores, gift and book shops make Kent an area destination for an afternoon of shopping. Students from the independent high schools in town, the co-ed Kent School, Marvelwood School and the all-boys South Kent, sip coffee or munch ice cream alongside locals and visiting notables. Outside of the village, newer homes exist alongside a host of gracious Colonials and proud farmhouses.

Kent offers the largest commercial center in the area, but also the bucolic beauty of Kent Falls State Park on the Housatonic River, with its picnic grounds and impressive waterfalls, easily accessible by a recently renovated trail. Besides fishing and boating on the Housatonic River, residents swim and picnic at Emory Park, or hike and camp in Macedonia Brook State Park and on the Appalachian Trail.

Kent has long been an artists' retreat, to which the several galleries in town attest. The Kent Art Association, founded in 1923, still stages shows; the Kent Singers, formed 50 years later, give three concerts a year. Community theater (The Kent Players) is a highlight of the summer. The Kent Memorial Library, the Kent Historical Society and the Kent Land Trust all play an active and year round role.

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