Stratford, town (1990 pop. 49,389), Fairfield co., SW Conn., at the mouth of the Housatonic River on Long Island Sound inc. 1639. Transportation equipment helicopters machinery hardware items electrical goods foods chemicals plastic, paper, and rubber products and tools are among its manufactures. The Stratford Festival Theater (originally the American Shakespeare Festival Theater) opened there in 1955. The David Judson house (1723) has been restored, and other pre-Revolutionary houses still stand.

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