The Paugusset and Algonquian people previously inhabited the region that is now Orange. In 1639, Rev. Peter Prudden purchased the land from the Native Americans for six coats, ten blankets, one kettle, twelve hatchets, twelve hoes, two dozen knives, and a dozen small mirrors. When originally settled by English colonists, Orange was the northern and eastern district of the now neighboring city of Milford; however, by 1822, the population of the area had grown to the point where residents desired to form their separate community, thus forming the town of Orange. The town is named after William III of England, who was Prince of Orange from birth.
Today, Orange has the perfect small-town feel with proximity to a bustling city. Orange, CT is a small town northwest of New Haven emphasizing culture and history through places like Yale University Art Gallery filled with ancient artifacts, or Turtle Rock Farm where visitors can purchase delicious locally grown products; furthermore, boutiques around downtown offer unique gifts perfect for those seeking souvenirs. Large industrial city/College town - South coast along Long Island Sound, 75 miles northeast of New York City.
Places to Visit:
- PEZ Candy Inc., Visitor Center
- Orange Historical Society
- Gentle Breezes and Soft Landings, Hot Air Balloon rides
- Grassy Hill Country Club
- Field View Farm
Orange, CT has a humid continental climate, which is characterized by warm and humid summers, cold and snowy winters, and a wide range of temperatures year-round. The average annual high temperature in Orange is around 68°F while the average low temperature is around 45°F. Precipitation ranges from 36 to 43 inches per year. Snowfall typically occurs between November and April with an average of about 50 inches per season. In addition to snow, there are also frequent rain showers throughout the year.