Ansonia, CT was founded in 1844 by merchant and philanthropist Anson Green Phelps. Also referred to as "The Copper City", it is recognized for its history of heavy machine manufacturing industry in the lower Naugatuck Valley. Production included copper, brass, rubber, and plastics processing, molding and tubing, iron castings, sheet metal, electric, automatic screw machine, textiles, and foundry products. The well-known Ansonia Clock Company was founded here in 1851.
Today, Ansonia, CT is a lovely city west of New Haven filled with plenty of enjoyable attractions such as Ansonia Nature Center showcasing its distinctive landscape or Lake Housatonic great for outdoor activities; visitors can also join in the yearly celebration Derby Dandelion Festival offering lots of entertainment every May. Large industrial city/College town - South coast along Long Island Sound, 75 miles northeast of New York City.
Places to Visit:
- General David Humphrey House
- Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center
- Woodbridge Ave. Memorial
- Warsaw Park
- Reverend Richard Mansfield House
Ansonia, CT has a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold winters. During the summer months, temperatures range from the mid-60s to the upper 80s, while winter temperatures can dip as low as the low teens. The area also experiences precipitation throughout all four seasons, ranging from light to heavy rain during the spring and fall months and snowfall in the winter months. Average yearly snowfall is around 40 inches. Humidity levels tend to be high all year round due to its proximity to Long Island Sound.
Ansonia is a station stop on the Waterbury Branch of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Metro-North Railroad system. Trains on the Waterbury Branch run from Waterbury in the north to Bridgeport in the south, allowing Ansonia residents access to New York City via transfer to the main line at Bridgeport. Travel time from Ansonia to Grand Central Terminal in New York City is approximately two hours.
Ansonia is also served by buses of the 255 route of Connecticut Transit New Haven, connecting the city to New Haven.