Newtown has a strong sense of community, and its residents typify many of the values and traditions of small-town America. The town was originally purchased from the Phtatuck Indians in 1705 and celebrated its Tercentennial in 2005. The centerpiece of the town is its historic Main Street where you will find beautiful older homes, an old-fashioned general store, and one of the tallest flagpoles you'll ever see proudly displaying the Stars & Stripes.
Main Street is also home to Connecticut's largest Labor Day Parade, which annually delights thousands of spectators and marchers alike, including the Governor. Newtown prides itself on a highly regarded school system, which includes excellent public, private, and parochial options. In 2009, Connecticut magazine ranked Newtown No. 3 of 24 Connecticut cities with a population between 25,000 and 50,000 in its "rating the Towns: 2009" report.