New Haven • A (Very) Abridged History
Southern is located in New Haven, a historic seaside city founded by English Puritans in 1637. A center of culture and learning, New Haven has roots that go deep into New England history and education. After all, Noah Webster compiled his first dictionary while living in New Haven.
A dramatic reminder of New Haven's past is its downtown design, laid out in nine symmetrical squares. The most prominent is the center Green with its three landmark churches: Center Church (1812-15), a Georgian masterpiece housing a Louis Tiffany stained glass window; Trinity Church (1813-14), in the Gothic style; and the United Church on the Green (1812-15), in the classic Federalist design.
Still the focal point for life in New Haven, today's Green is surrounded by modern office structures, government buildings, and trendy restaurants, making it an exciting and colorful place to be.
For rest and relaxation, you can take advantage of the area's wealth of attractions. Besides movies, restaurants, and concerts, students enjoy world-famous theaters like the Yale Rep, the Shubert, and Long Wharf; museums of art and natural history; and a whole range of seaside activities, from schooner cruises on Long Island Sound to picnics at Lighthouse Point to soaking in some rays on nearby West Haven's beaches. New Haven's nightlife is jumping, with clubs, shops, theaters, and restaurants, and the city's pizza in particular is judged by many to be among the best in the country.
Today, New Haven is a multicultural city of more than 130,000 people. Thanks to its close proximity to major urban areas -- just 90 minutes from New York City and fewer than three hours from Boston -- New Haven plays a crucial part in the Northeast's economic, cultural, and social life.