Incorporated in 1807 from former Southbury, Waterbury, and Woodbury lands, the Town of Middlebury located in New Haven County town took its name from its location in the midst, or middle, of these communities. Agriculture, with supporting small industries such as blacksmithing, provided Middlebury’s early economic base.
The 1800s saw the rise of textile mills and small factories but by the 1900s, these had declined and dairying and raising saddle horses predominated. Middlebury is also home to the Westover School for girls, founded in 1909 by Mary Robbins Hillard, and designed by Theodate Riddle Pope, one of the first women architects in the United States.
Middlebury is the home of a well-respected private girl's preparatory school, Westover. Our high school has been ranked in the top 1,000 by Newsweek Magazine. Other educational facilities here are state-of-the-art and attractive to newcomers. Middlebury boarders Post University, and is in close proximity to Naugatuck Valley Community College, as well as a University of Connecticut branch.