Lakeville is a village in the Town of Salisbury in Litchfield County, CT on Lake Wononskopomuc. The village includes the Lakeville Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The district represents about 10 acres of the village center of Lakeville where the street grid remains virtually unchanged from the late 19th century. The district is defined to include properties and sites that contributed to the historical development of the village. It is noted that the district area “is surrounded by a much larger area containing many additional historic industrial, commercial, residential, religious, and recreational sites and structures.
Until 1846, Lakeville was called “Furnace Village”, due to the location there of one of the early blast furnaces of the historic Salisbury iron industry (one of which was established in the 1760s by future Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen.Benjamin Hotchkiss, inventor of the Hotchkiss gun was born in Lakeville. The Hotchkiss School, founded by his widow Maria Bissell Hotchkiss in 1891, is located in Lakeville. It was originally a boys’ boarding school but later became co-educational. Lakeville is also the home of Indian Mountain School, which is a boarding school for students Pre-K through 9th. It was founded in 1922. Lakeville is located two hours North of New York City and one-hour West of Hartford, CT and Southeast of Albany, NY.
Lakeville is nestled in the bucolic wonder of the northwest corner of Connecticut with convenient access to the Appalachian Trail, mountains for hiking and skiing, lakes for fishing and canoeing, and numerous art and music venues. Even with the myriad of activities available in the town and surrounding areas, Lakeville has managed to maintain its rural feel as is immediately apparent when traveling its scenic roads among beautiful vistas of New England homes, rolling hills, pristine lakes, and babbling brooks.Visitors are welcome to stay at a choice of attractive inns and B&Bs, attend one of many beautiful churches, wander down the streets to visit shops, galleries and eateries and take advantage of swimming at the town beach or boating on Lake Wononscopomuc. From international vintage car races to ski jumping competitions, the area offers an array of activities for all seasons. For those interested in a longer “visit”, the town offers an outstanding public school system as well as several renowned private schools.