Community Resources

The Community

Darien encompasses 12.9 square miles within its boundaries, with many miles of shoreline on Long Island Sound. Originally settled in 1641 as part of Stamford, the area we know as Darien became Middlesex Parish in 1737. In 1820, residents petitioned the state legislature to establish Darien as a separate town. In the early years, Darien’s businesses were primarily located at Ring’s End Landing on Goodwives River and Loading Rock on Five Mile River. Today, several convenient shopping areas include Goodwives Shopping Plaza, stores along the Post, Tokeneke, and Heights Roads, plus Noroton Heights Shopping Center.

Darien is a community recognized for its excellent schools (Darien Public Schools ranked #3 in the state and 73rd in entire United States!), active churches representing seven denominations, social clubs, civic organizations and a variety of philanthropic activities. There are three country clubs – Wee Burn Country Club and Woodway Country Club-- both with attractive beach Clubs on Long Island Sound, and the Country Club of Darien. In addition, Tokeneke Beach Club, Noroton Yacht Club, Middlesex Swim Club, and Ox Ridge Hunt Club are also located in Darien.

Additional Features

  • Altitude: 0-250 feet above sea level
  • Local Newspapers: Darien Review, Darien Times
  • Communications: Major New York area television and radio AM-FM stations, plus local Connecticut stations and Cablevision
  • Community Websites: The Darien Library
  • Community Information Sources: SuzySaid; Darien Daily Voice, Darien Patch, Darienite.com
  • Postal Service: Two Post Offices, Darien and Noroton Heights
  • Education: Five elementary schools, one middle school and one senior high school
  • Financial Services: Many Banks aid several brokerage houses
  • Health Facilities: Three hospitals in neighboring communities: Stamford: Stamford Hospital; Norwalk: Norwalk Hospital; Greenwich: Greenwich Hospital.
  • Brand new, $24 million, state-of-the-art and eco-friendly Library — Rated best library in Connecticut

Recreation Facilities:

  • Private: indoor ice skating rink
  • Indoor tennis facility
  • Public: six parks, two beaches with picnic areas, tennis and paddle courts, Depot Youth Center, plus a YMCA and YWCA
     

Churches-(area code 203)

  • Calvary Baptist — 655-0318 — 988 Post Road
  • New Life Christian Fellowship — 655-7194 — 65 Tokeneke Road
  • Christian Science — 655-3407 — 2331 Post Road
  • First Congregational — 655-0491 — Brookside Road
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal — 655-1456 — 1882 Post Road
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal — 655-8773 — 471 Mansfield Avenue
  • Noroton Presbyterian — 655-1451 — 2011 Post Road
  • St. John’s RC — 655-1145 — 1986 Post Road
  • St. Thomas More RC — 655-3303 — 374 Middlesex Road
  • United Methodist — 655-1469 — 345 Middlesex Road

Health Services

  • Darien Health Department 203-656-7320

Hospitals: (area code 203)

  • Greenwich 863-3000 5 Perryridge Road
  • Norwalk 852-2000 34 Maple Street
  • Stamford 325-7000 Shelburne Road

Nursery Schools: (area code 203)

  • Darien Nature Center, 655-7459 120 Brookside Road,
  • Early Learning Program-DPS, Tokeneke and Ox Ridge  schools-contact Darien BOE, 656-7400 35 Leroy Ave
  • First Congregational Church, 655-3150 14 Brookside Road
  • Methodist Family Center, 655-7407 345 Middlesex Road
  • Noroton Presbyterian Church, 655-3223 2011 Post Road
  • St. John’s RC Church, 656-0548 1986 Post Road
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 655-4067 1882 Post Road
  • St. Thomas More Church, 655-6053 374 Middlesex
  • YMCA, 655-8228 2420 Post Road