Woodbury, whose name means a dwelling place in the woods was settled by 17 colonists in 1659 making it one of Connecticut's oldest western inland towns. In 1673, Woodbury was purchased from Chief Pomperaug of the Pootatuck Indians.
The present day Main Street (Rte. 6) was laid out in the 1670's along an old Indian trail where Chief Pomperaug is buried.
Woodbury was always a prosperous town. By the end of the 18th century, it was a thriving center of agricultural trade. In the early 19th century, industrial growth led to a building boom and many of the houses and four of the five churches along Rte. 6 date from this period.
Today, Woodbury has historic and recreational attractions but is best known for its wide variety of antique shops; probably more per square mile than any other community in New England! As a matter of fact, Main Street has been officially designated as Connecticut's first Antiques Trail. Woodbury is also home to the state's oldest inn, award winning restaurants, and a superb selection of shops including Woodbury Pewter Factory Outlet where you can watch a pewter making demonstration while browsing among 5,000 pewter items. Several galleries complete the shopping experience including P.H. Miller Gallery noted as one of the most important galleries in the area that exhibits the work of emerging artists and specializes in the work of Thomas Adkins, Robert Holden, Judith Andrew, Tom Yost and Ella Knox.