The elegant Lewis House is just one of the many historic homes in Branford.
The largest group of islands in Connecticut is Branford’s Thimble Islands. They take their name from the “thimbleberries”, or black raspberries, which once grew wild on them. An area called “Totoket“, which became Branford, was part of the land bought from the Mattabesech Indians in 1638 by the first settlers of New Haven. The Dutch set up a trading post at the mouth of the Branford River in the 17th century, the source of the name “Dutch Wharf“.
Hospice was founded in Branford.
Since those times, the charming town has become a vibrant hub of commerce, recreation and community life, with six historic districts that are listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). These include buildings in Federal, Arts and Crafts, and Queen Anne styles of architecture.
Branford’s recreational facilities include several town-maintained parks and beaches owned by private foundations, hiking trails along Lake Saltonstall and a stretch of the Shoreline Greenway Trail, and 20 miles (32 km) of coastline with more than 12 marinas. Several Daniels Energy employees, including Robert and David Daniels, live in the Shoreline area and fully support the region’s conservation and preservation efforts.
In 1974, Connecticut Hospice was founded in Branford. It was the first hospice in the United States and set standards for palliative caregiving that are followed by healthcare providers throughout the world.