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Rowayton

HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: Settlers bought bordering land in 1645 from Piamikin, chief of the Roatons. Among the many variants of the name are Roton and Noroton.

WHERE IS IT? Located in the southwest corner of the city of Norwalk, which was incorporated in 1651. The affluent village has its own Metro-North railroad station, about 39 miles from Grand Central Terminal in New York City.

DID YOU KNOW? Roton Point Park, on the Long Island Sound, was a summer destination for New Yorkers in the late 19th- and early 20th centuries. The hurricane of 1938 damaged many of the amusement park's attractions, and the park closed in 1942.

"60 Minutes" correspondent Andy Rooney lives in Rowayton.

Sources: New York Times, Connecticut Place Names , Town of Darien website, Rowayton Historical Society, CBS News website.

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