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Granby, Connecticut

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Granby, Connecticut
Town of Granby
Civil War Soldiers' Monument in the town center
Civil War Soldiers' Monument in the town center
Official seal of Granby, Connecticut
Granby's location within Hartford County and Connecticut
Coordinates: 41°57′44″N 72°50′22″W / 41.96222°N 72.83944°W / 41.96222; -72.83944
Country United States
U.S. state Connecticut
RegionCapitol Region
VillagesGranby (Salmon Brook)
Five Points
North Granby
West Granby
 • TypeBoard of selectmen-town manager
 • First SelectmanBarry Scott Kuhnly (R)
 • SelectmenMark C. Neumann (R)
Edward E. Ohannessian (R)
Sally S. King (D)
James Lofink(D)
 • Town managerJohn D. Ward
 • Total40.8 sq mi (105.7 km2)
 • Land40.7 sq mi (105.4 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
550 ft (167 m)
 • Total10,903
 • Density270/sq mi (100/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern)
ZIP Codes
06035, 06060, 06090
Area code(s)860/959
FIPS code09-32640
GNIS feature ID0213434
Major highways

Granby is a town in far northern Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. The town is part of the Capitol Planning Region. The population was 10,903 at the 2020 census.[1] The town center is defined as a census-designated place known as Salmon Brook. Other areas in town include North Granby and West Granby. Granby is a rural town, located in the foothills of the Litchfield Hills of the Berkshires, besides the suburban natured center, the outskirts of town are filled with dense woods and rolling hills and mountains. From the 1890s to the 1920s many immigrants from Sweden came to reside in the town.

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Granby was founded by people who lived in Simsbury and settled as early as 1723. Granby was part of Simsbury until 1786, when it became independent.[2] The name is from Granby, Massachusetts in return, where it was named in honor of John Manners, Marquess of Granby.

Part of Southwick, Massachusetts, known as "the Notch" seceded from Massachusetts in 1774, just before the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. This territory became part of Granby when it seceded from Simsbury, but was returned to Southwick as part of an 1803–1804 border dispute compromise. (See History of Massachusetts.)

Daniel Hayes gravestone

In 1707, Daniel Hayes (born c. 1685 – died 1756), then aged twenty-two, was captured and kidnapped by a hostile indigenous tribe and carried off to Canada. The capture was witnessed, and a rescue party raised, but the group did not catch up with the captors. He was tied up each night, and bound to saplings. It took thirty days to reach Canada, at which point Hayes was forced to run the gauntlet. Near the end of the gauntlet, he hid in a wigwam to avoid an attempted blow by a club. The woman in the wigwam declared that the house was sacred, and having lost a husband and son to a war, adopted Hayes as her son. He remained for several years, attending to the woman. Eventually, he was sold to a Frenchman, who learned that Hayes had skill as a weaver, so put him to work in that business. Hayes managed to earn enough to buy his freedom after two years. He then returned to Simsbury, settled down on a farm and married. He became prominent, both in civil affairs as well as the church at Salmon Brook (now Granby).[3]

The first unauthorized coins minted in the American colonies, and the first in Connecticut, were struck by Dr. Samuel Higley in 1737 from copper mined from his own mine. The coins, including the Trader's Currency Token of the Colony of Connecticut were minted in North Simsbury, now called Granby.[4] These coins were made of pure copper, which is very soft. Consequently, there are very few in existence today. The first coins were inscribed with a value of three pence. Later versions carried the phrase "Value me as you please."[5]

In 1858, the eastern part of the town broke off and formed to become East Granby, the town is one of the newly established town in the state.

In 2009 Connecticut Magazine ranked Granby the #3 overall Connecticut small town (population 10,000–15,000) to live in, and #1 small town in Hartford County.[6]

The town seal depicts the Dewey-Granby Oak, a large white oak estimated to be 450–500 years old, thought to be one of the oldest trees in New England.[7]

"Dewey Oak" in Granby


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.8 square miles (105.7 km2), of which 40.7 square miles (105.4 km2) is land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.33%, is water.[8] The town center (Salmon Brook CDP) has a total area of 3.0 square miles (7.8 km2), all land. According to Google Earth, the highest point in Granby is 1,153 feet (351 m) in West Granby at 41°55'57.81" N 72°53'17.18" W. The town is covered in dense woodlands containing animals such as the black bear, eastern moose, and white-tailed deer. Granby is warm and often humid in summer, with occasional thunderstorms, while winter can have heavy snow and cold temperatures. Snow and cold temperatures are not uncommon in early spring and late fall due to the town's location in the Berkshires.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 10,347 people, 3,781 households, and 2,994 families residing in the town. The population density was 254.3 inhabitants per square mile (98.2/km2). There were 3,887 housing units at an average density of 95.5 per square mile (36.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.54% White, 0.61% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

There were 3,781 households, out of which 39.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.1% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.8% were non-families. 16.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.3% under the age of 18, 3.7% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $81,151, and the median income for a family was $90,057. Males had a median income of $63,093 versus $42,203 for females. The per capita income for the town was $33,863. About 1.5% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 3.2% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

Once a Republican stronghold, Granby has become friendlier to Democrats in recent presidential elections.[11] Granby voters flipped from supporting Republican Mitt Romney in 2012 to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016.[12][13] This mirrored a national trend of suburban voters shifting from Donald Trump. In 2020, Democrat Joe Biden won Granby by more than 10 percentage points.[14]

Granby town vote
by party in presidential elections[15]
Year Democratic Republican Third Parties
2020 54.68% 4,029 42.97% 3,166 2.35% 173
2016 47.84% 3,114 45.58% 2,967 6.58% 428
2012 48.28% 3,079 50.50% 3,221 1.22% 78
2008 53.23% 3,456 45.39% 2,947 1.37% 89
2004 48.25% 3,015 49.74% 3,108 2.02% 126
2000 45.73% 2,576 48.80% 2,749 5.47% 308
1996 42.56% 2,196 44.22% 2,282 13.22% 682
1992 35.74% 1,998 39.03% 2,182 25.22% 1,410
1988 38.31% 1,882 60.68% 2,981 1.02% 50
1984 28.19% 1,247 71.47% 3,161 0.34% 15
1980 28.42% 1,196 52.58% 2,213 19.01% 800
1976 35.60% 1,253 63.86% 2,248 0.54% 19
1972 32.36% 1,044 66.68% 2,151 0.96% 31
1968 35.82% 954 59.90% 1,595 4.28% 114
1964 55.16% 1,368 44.84% 1,112 0.00% 0
1960 34.88% 850 65.12% 1,587 0.00% 0
1956 23.05% 446 76.95% 1,489 0.00% 0
Voter Registration and Party Enrollment as of October 25, 2005[16]
Party Active Voters Inactive Voters Total Voters Percentage
Republican 2,328 138 2,466 32.10%
Democratic 1,711 82 1,793 23.34%
Unaffiliated 3,186 219 3,405 44.32%
Minor parties 16 2 18 0.23%
Total 7,241 441 7,682 100%


Granby's public school system consists of one primary school, one intermediate school, one middle school, and one high school.

  • Kelly Lane Primary School (Grades: K–2)
  • Wells Road Intermediate School (Grades: 3–5)
  • Granby Memorial Middle School (Grades: 6–8)
  • Granby Memorial High School (Grades: 9–12)

National Register of Historic Places

Frederick H. Cossitt Library

Notable people


  1. ^ "Census - Geography Profile: Granby town, Hartford County, Connecticut". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 16, 2021.
  2. ^ "Town of Southwick, Massachusetts". Archived from the original on August 5, 2007. Retrieved October 14, 2007.
  3. ^ Phelps 1845, pp. 37–44.
  4. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1938). Connecticut: A Guide to Its Roads, Lore and People. US History Publishers. p. 58. ISBN 978-1-60354-007-0. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
  5. ^ American Numismatic Society (1897). Proceedings of the American Numismatic and Archeological Society. p. 16. Retrieved October 20, 2010.
  6. ^ "Rating the Towns 2009: Cities 10,000-15,000". Connecticut Magazine. November 1, 2009. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  7. ^ "The Ancient Oak of Granby". February 25, 2011.
  8. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Granby town, Hartford County, Connecticut". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  11. ^ "General Elections Statement of Vote 1922".
  12. ^ Statement of Vote
  13. ^ Statement of Vote
  14. ^ Statement of Vote
  15. ^ "General Election Statements of Vote, 1922 – Current". CT Secretary of State. Retrieved December 16, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "Registration and Party Enrollment Statistics as of October 25, 2005" (PDF). Connecticut Secretary of State. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 23, 2006. Retrieved October 2, 2006.


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