What is now the town of Southbury was first settled in 1673 when a group of colonists from Stratford paddled up the Housatonic River to start a new settlement. To celebrate this history, the town has scheduled a series of events during the year.

Those events kick off on Jan. 14 with a concert at the Southbury Library. Up next is the Snow and Ice Festival and a restaurant week Feb. 4-11. Some of the events will focus on the kind of community that Southbury has become but others will be about its history. A talk in February asks the question “Were There Slaves in Southbury?” and presentations in March and April will be about the Irish community in Southbury.

For information about the 350 Anniversary events, contact committee co-chair Kevin Bielmeier at (203) 262-0683 or ecodevdirector@southbury-ct.gov.