HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: From Salisbury, Wiltshire in England, from which there was a large migration to the colonies prior to the mid-17th century.
ORIGINS: Settled as early as 1720 when three Dutch families from New York bought land from local Indians. The area, originally called Weatogue, was renamed in 1738 and incorporated in 1741.
DID YOU KNOW: In the 18th century, the town was a world famous center for the mining and forging of high-quality iron. The Scoville Memorial Library, established in 1803, was the first library in the country open to the public for free. The Lakeville United Methodist Church is the oldest Methodist church in the state, tracing its origins to June 1789.
FAMOUS RESIDENTS: Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Jill Clayburgh, Laura Linney, and that famous Wicked Witch of the West, Margaret Hamilton.
SOURCES: The Hartford Courant; salisburyct.us; The Connecticut Quarterly (1898); Connecticut State Register and Manual.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun