#64: Route 53

Saugatuck Reservoir. Photo by Amanda Bloom
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Route 53 stretches from Norwalk to Danbury, bringing Danburians to the beach mecca of  Sherwood Isle and Norwalkers to the historic, cultural hodgepodge of downtown Danbury.  It’s a scenic route that also traverses Bethel, Redding, Wilton, and Weston, and a stretch of it skirts the Saugatuck Reservoir (once a metal manufacturing town, Valley Forge, flooded by Bridgeport Hydraulic Company in the 1940s) through a picturesque tunnel of green.  Bikers and hikers often travel this trail-lined stretch of 53.


Other notables on Route 53 include Holbrook Farm (Bethel) , Saugatuck Falls (hiking & swimming, Redding), the Redding Roadhouse (food, live music, Redding), and House of Yoshida (Japanese food, Danbury).


According to Wikipedia, Route 53 was created as a private turnpike in 1829, and prior to its incorporation, parts of the route were travelled as the Norwalk, Danbury, Newtown, and Northfield Turnpikes, with histories beginning as early as 1795.


The northern part of Route 53 just got a makeover – 4.44 miles of the route in Bethel and Danbury were treated to milling and resurfacing from July 5 through August 1.



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