Cheshire Public Schools serve the educational needs of students throughout town. Seven schools make up the district; these include Cheshire High School, Dodd Middle School, Chapman Elementary, Doolittle Elementary, Highland Elementary, Norton Elementary, and Darcey School. Private and parochial schools are also available in and around Cheshire, including Cheshire Academy (formerly The Episcopal Academy of Connecticut), St. Bridget's School, and Upper School, among others.
Residents have access to a number of colleges and universities that are all within a 15 mile radius from the center of town. These include Quinnipiac University in Hamden; Yale University, Southern Connecticut State University and Gateway Community College in New Haven; Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury; Central Connecticut State University in New Britain; and Wesleyan University in Middletown.
Recreation Areas and Parks
Eight parks and recreation sites can be found throughout town, with one of the more popular areas being Bartlem Recreation Area. Bartlem Recreation Area is situated across from Cheshire High School and includes a skate park, community garden, sports fields, a community pool, pavilion, and picnic area. The skate park is an unmonitored recreation area and is off limits to bikes. Another recreational area is Mixville, which is located near the Cheshire and Prospect town lines on Notch Road. Visitors will find two pavilions, a beach, as well as swimming and fishing areas here. Quinnipiac Recreation Area is a 59-acre park that is ideal for inline skating, soccer and lacrosse, and picnicking. A children's playground is also located on the premises.
Community parks in town include Cheshire Park, Farmington Canal Linear Park, Lock 12 Historical Park, McNamara Legion Field, and Roaring Brook Falls. Cheshire Park is one of the town's larger parks at 75 acres. About a quarter of park space is dedicated for sports fields and courts, a picnic area, theatre, and pavilion. Farmington Canal Linear Park is a 2.9-mile long park that was created for the specific use of fitness activities along the canal, including bicycling, walking, jogging, inline skating, and even cross-country skiing during the winter months. Lock 12 Historical Park features one of the original Farmington Canal's locks, a museum, picnic areas and a pavilion. The McNamara Legion Field features a playground, baseball fields and a basketball court. Roaring Brook Falls is located along the Quinnipiac Trail and is known for the tallest single drop waterfall in the state of Connecticut.
Places of Interest
The town of Cheshire is home to several points of interests, four of them which happen to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Cheshire Historic District, Farmington Canal Lock #12, First Congressional Church of Cheshire, and Marion Historic District. Pop culture aficionados will want to visit the Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum which houses a large collection of novelty items and memorabilia, such as Pez dispensers, lunch boxes, and other artwork.
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