Stratford, CT 06497
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Stratford is a
town in Fairfield County, Connecticut,
United States, located on Long Island Sound
at the mouth of the Housatonic River,
founded by Puritans in 1639. The population
was 49,976 at the 2000 census. It has a
historical legacy in aviation, the military,
the arts, and environmentalism. In 1942,
Igor Sikorsky with his Sikorsky Aircraft
company in Stratford developed and produced
the first successful single-rotor
helicopter; every Marine One, the helicopter
of the President of the United States, has
been manufactured in Stratford from 1957 to
at least 2008. The town was also the home of
the Stratford Army Engine Plant for the
United States military from 1939 to 1998.
Additionally, in 1955 Stratford became home
to the nationally renowned American
Shakespeare Festival, housed at it's 1,100
seat Stratford Festival Theatre on the
Housatonic River, until it's closure. It
featured such celebrities as Katherine
Hepburn, Paul Newman, Jessica Tandy, Hal
Holbrook, Roddy McDowall and John Houseman.
Recently, controversy has arisen due to
decades of asbestos waste dumping by the
Raybestos corporation, housed in Stratford.
Stratford additionally is home to Sikorsky
Memorial Airport, and the Great Meadows Unit
of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife
Refuge, which neighbors the airport. Today,
Stratford has two Superfund sites as
designated by the United States
Environmental Protection Agency.
Stratford, which once included all of what
is now Fairfield County, is bordered on the
west by Bridgeport, Connecticut, on the
north by Trumbull, Connecticut and Shelton,
Connecticut, and on the east by Milford,
Connecticut (across the Housatonic).
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