*Fairfield County, Connecticut is situated in the south west part of the state, and contains 630 sq. ms. The surface is agreeably diversified, and the soil strong, productive, and well cultivated. It extends 40 miles on Long Island sound, has a number of good harbors, and enjoys great commercial advantages; and it has considerable shipping employed in the coasting trade and the fisheries. Watered by the Housatonic river, which runs on its north east and east boundary, and is navigable to Derby, and by Saugatuc, Norwalk, Mill, and Pequonuck rivers, which afford good water power. Capitals, Fairfield and Danbury. There were in 1840, neat cattle 34,452, sheep 33,355, swine 21,719; wheat 10,802 bushels produced, rye 111,530, Indian corn 216,894, buckwheat 69.923, oats 319,781, potatoes 550,587; 267 stores, capital $828,250; 16 lumber yards, capital $67,000; 2 furnaces, 2 forges, 12 fulling mills, 9 woolen factories, 6 cotton factories 8,400 spindles, 1 dyeing and printing establishment, 26 tanneries, 3 potteries, 1 rope factory, 4 flouring mills, 59 grist mills, 71 saw mills, 1 paper factory, 6 printing offices, 1 bindery, 5 weekly newspapers. Capital in manufactures, $1,279,720. 31 academies 867 students, 211 schools 8,285 scholars. Population 49,917.



*Source: A Complete Descriptive And Statistical Gazetteer Of The United States Of America, By Daniel Haskel, A. M and J. Calvin Smith, Published By Sherman & Smith, 1843

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