The third smallest state in the Union, Connecticut was one of the original 13 colonies, and it was actually the fifth of the original 13 states. The first inhabitants in the area that makes up modern day Greenwich were Paleo-Indians who likely settled in the region about 1,000 years before the Europeans arrived.

The first Europeans to call the area of modern day Greenwich home were Dutch settlers, who made this area north of New Amsterdam a “manor.”

At the time of the British arrival in the 17th century the dominating tribe in the region were the Mohegan, and it is the state’s name likely comes from a tribal word that means “Long River Place.” British settlers from Massachusetts founded the New Haven colony, and in 1650 the British and Dutch agreed on a border that put Greenwich under the control of the British. Soon after the New Amsterdam colony became New York, as control passed to the British. The town was on the main route from Boston to New York, called “The Country Road,” and this would later become US Route 1.

The region was the scene of a few military encounters during the American Revolution, and following the war Connecticut became the fifth state to ratify the new Constitution of the United States of America.

Today, Greenwich is often simply thought of as a suburb of New York City, but in fact this town has many unique charms that it make it an interesting tourist destination in its own right.