In 1789, nearly twenty families from Roxbury, Connecticut, embarked on a journey as “land lookers” searching for a new permanent settlement. After passing several potential clearances they arrived at Benjamin Barlow’s in Stamford, near the mouth of Rose Brook on the Delaware River. In early 1799, the village of Roxbury was created from portions of Stamford and named to honor the home town of the first settlers.
By 1813, Roxbury had rapidly developed and there were six grain mills, eleven sawmills and a post office near the center of town. In 1824 the town supported two post offices with a Presbyterian and a Methodist church– as well as two taverns, two stores, a tannery, an iron foundry, and clothing works.
Celebrated and famed naturalist John Burroughs was born in Roxbury in 1837. His 27 books of nature writings and philosophical essays continue to inspire readers today. Burroughs passed away at the age of 84 and was laid to rest in what is now known as John Burroughs Memorial Field, just up the road from Woodchuck Lodge where he summered from 1910 – 1920.
Today, Roxbury is filled with beautiful tree-lined streets and historic homes with an all American main street vibe. Post card perfect, Roxbury is an active community and home to The Roxbury Motel, acclaimed as one of the best boutique hotels in North America.