While Cheshire has around 30,000 residents, and is close to New Haven, there remains something approaching countryside in parts of this exurban/suburban town. Sadly, it is best known for the horrific murders that took place there on July 23, 2007, when Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters were raped and murdered, and her husband, Dr. William Petit, was severely injured, during a home invasion.
The murders, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, are serving life sentences.
Cheshire hosts the Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum, with its large collection of memorabilia, novelties and such ephemera as lunch boxes and Pez dispensers bearing the likenesses of characters from television, cartoons and comics.
There’s also a Cold War fallout shelter near an AT&T cell tower. What with Putin, Kim and Xi, perhaps it should be renovated.