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Springdale (Stamford)

Springdale
Neighborhood
Welcome sign at entrance to railroad station, Hope Street
Welcome sign at entrance to railroad station, Hope Street
Country  United States
State  Connecticut
County Fairfield
City Stamford
Time zone Eastern (UTC-5:00)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (UTC-4:00)
Area code(s) 203

Springdale is a section or neighborhood in Stamford, Connecticut. It is known around Stamford to have a small-town feel in the middle of a mid-sized city. Springdale offers both older, relatively modest homes in the lower Springdale area along with more expensive real estate toward the woodsy and affluent North Stamford section.

The Springdale section is generally defined as the area in the immediate vicinity of Hope Street and the New Canaan Branch of the Metro-North New Haven Line. It is on the east side of the city, north of the Glenbrook section and south of Newfield. To its east is northern Darien and to its west is the Belltown neighborhood.

Springdale has its own traditional downtown area, mostly along Hope Street, containing such venues as the State Theater movie house and Twin Rinks ice rink. Twin Rinks has two regulation-size (200 feet by 85 feet) rinks at 1063 Hope St. Easy access to New York City is available through the Springdale train station on the New Canaan Branch. Other amentities include restaurants, professional offices, laundromats, banks, and a variety of small, locally owned shops.

The Weed Branch of the city library system is also in the neighborhood, on Hope Street. Nearby is the Springdale Little League baseball field, which has lights for nighttime games. It has become one of the premier Little League fields in all of Connecticut, playing host to many summertime "All-Star" Little League games from all over the region.

The neighborhood is served by Springdale Elementary School, Dolan Middle School, and Stamford High School.

Noroton River, about 1911

Both Sacred Heart University of Fairfield and the University of Bridgeport have conducted classes at "campuses" (rented space for classrooms) in Springdale near the railroad station.

The Riverbend Office Park and Omega Engineering Inc. are also near the railroad station.

Local landmarks

Pedestal clock at entrance to railroad station, Hope Street ("EST. 1868" when station opened)
  • Scofield-Hoyt farmhouse, Eden Road, built in 1868 by John Scofield and Catherine Hoyt Scofield (on land inherited from Catherine's father) as part of a farm that also covered 37 acres (150,000 m2) across the street (land from the estate of Peter Scofield). Original wood in the home was taken from that land. The couple's three children, James, Frances and Ann Augusta, never married and all lived in the house till 1902. Some of the remaining original features of the house are the pegged post-and-beam frame,the front six-over-six windows, the hardware on the doors, rough-hewn ceiling beams and dry-laid stone walls.[1]

Fire Department

The Stamford Fire Rescue Department's Fire Station # 7, as well as the Springdale Volunteer Fire Department, serve the neighborhood.

For further reading

  • "Springdale Remembered 1640-1949, by Rosemary Burns
  • The Story of the Early Settlers of Stamford, Connecticut by Jeanne Majdalany

Footnotes

  1. ^ [1] "A part of Stamford history is for sale," by Susan Nova, special correspondent, The Advocate, Real Estate section, August 4, 2006, accessed August 5, 2006. The Advocate tends to take its articles off the Web site after a week, the article appeared on page R1

External links

In Springdale

  • Springdale Neighborhood Association
  • Weed Branch Library
  • State Cinema at 990 Hope Street, run by Garden Homes Cinemas
  • Springdale Elementary School, a public school at 1127 Hope St., with 700 students in grades K-5 enrolled. The school mascot is the jaguar.
  • Springdale Figure Skating Club skates at the Twin Rinks.
  • The New Canaan Branch Line Details of the railroad that has been integral to the development of Fairfield County, Connecticut, with interactive maps, photographs, and information about the rail line's history.

In Stamford

  • City of Stamford
  • Stamford Historical Society


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