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.
Located alongside Long Island Sound and pituresque Five Mile River, Darien boasts small-town waterfront living in Fairfield County. A direct commute to Manhattan and easy access to surrounding communities make Darien an attractive place to live and popular place to do business.
Several convenient shopping areas include Goodwives Shopping Plaza, stores along the Post Road, Heights Road, and opening in 2022, Darien Commons located in Noroton Heights. The Corbin District and Grove Street Plaza, located downtown includes upscale residences and locally owned retail stores.
Darien is a community recognized for its top rated schools, public beaches, parks, shopping, dining, active churches representing seven denominations, social clubs, youth sports, civic organizations and a variety of philanthropic activities. There are three private country clubs – Wee Burn Country Club, Woodway Country Club, and the Country Club of Darien. In addition, Tokeneke Beach Club, Noroton Yacht Club, Middlesex Swim Club, Piedmont Club, Ox Ridge Riding & Raquel Club and Highland Farm (formally Ox Ridge Hunt Club) are also located in Darien.