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Why You'll Love Living in Mansfield

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Arts & Culture

Mansfield prides itself on its cultural foundations. There are a variety of arts programs available in this region; from theatre to museum programs, Mansfield has an outlet for everyone's artistic side.

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Small-Town Charm

Mansfield has a growing population of roughly 25,000. Set along the beautiful countryside, Mansfield hosts a wealth of heritage, sports, entertainment and first-rate schools.

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Big-City Access

Still within easy access of all the amenities found in major metropolitan areas, such as Boston and New York City, Mansfield is an inimitable place to live, work and play — and to buy a home.

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Mansfield: A Charming New England Community

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Mansfield is located in eastern Tolland County, approximately 19 miles northeast of Hartford, CT, 27 miles southeast of Springfield, MA, 72 miles southwest of Boston, MA and 117 miles northeast of New York, NY. Mansfield encompasses 44.5 square miles of land and 1 square mile of water, sitting at an elevation of 460 feet on the Willimantic River.

Wooded uplands cut by the valleys of the surrounding rivers create most of the area's terrain. Willimantic, Fenton and Mt. Hope Rivers make their way through Mansfield, providing a scenic country atmosphere. The Connecticut River, New England's longest river, runs to the west of Mansfield for 407 miles before emptying into Long Island Sound.

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A Quick History of Mansfield

Settled primarily by farmers, Mansfield was acquired from the Mohegan Indian tribe; it was incorporated in October 1702 from Windham. In the 19th century, Mansfield's main industry was textiles; however, steel products, bronze cannons, gunpowder and organ pipes were also manufactured here.

Mansfield was the very first town in the nation to have a silk mill; it was built in 1810 and for many years following, Mansfield stood as the number one silk producer.

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Historic Districts and Landmarks

Mansfield is home to several historic landmarks. Dating back to 1835, The Gurleyville Gristmill still stands in its original state, and is the only one of its kind in Connecticut; this historic landmark is located on the Fenton River.

National Register of Historic Places include: Farwell Barn, Mansfield Center Cemetery, Mansfield Hollow Historic District, Mansfield Center Historic District and University of Connecticut Historic District.

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Mansfield Parks and Recreation

Within Mansfield, there are 8 town parks and preserves, covering about 500 acres. Nipmuck Trail is a 37-mile long trail connecting Mansfield Hollow State Park to the Nipmuck State Forest in Union, CT. Albert E. Moss Forest is a stunning wildlife and wildflower sanctuary, which also serves as an outdoor classroom for the university students.

Visit Mansfield's Parks and Recreation Programs online for a full listing of activities and be sure to consider The Wolff-Zackin Natatorium, which is the home of the University of Connecticut men's and women's swimming and diving programs.

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Staying Active

Mansfield offers a variety of golf courses to suit any and all skill levels. The Skungamaug River Golf Course in Coventry offers a challenging course situated on gently rolling terrain, with narrow fairways and small, well undulated greens.

The first-rate Mansfield Community Center provides an outlet for health and wellness. The large center in the heart of Mansfield is home to a lap swimming pool, therapy pool and a gymnasium suited with a basketball court, a fitness center and a dance/aerobics room.

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Unique Local Attractions

Experience balloon rides at Viewpoint Balloons in nearby Coventry, taking in the stunning views of the rivers, fields, towns and woodlands of Central and Eastern Connecticut.

For a unique retro experience, residents and guests to Mansfield can visit the Mansfield Drive-In Theatre and Marketplace, or take a strike at the Lucky Strike Lanes; both are among the last of their kind to the nation.

Endless Adventures Await in Mansfield

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You're Close to Connecticut's Hidden Gems

Take a drive south and visit Connecticut's shoreline boasting sandy beaches, or take another short trip to the north, where you will find some of New England's highest mountains and multiple skiing and hiking trails.

Enjoy protected open spaces nearby, including the 1,700-acre Mansfield Hollow State Park. This park features several trails along the lake, with options for a casual stroll in the park or a more energetic and vigorous hike.

University Life at UConn

The University of Connecticut (UConn) has a local student population of over 22,000. The university has been rated as the number one public research university in New England and among the top 25 in the nation.

The University of Connecticut boasts the 171,000-square foot Harry A. Gampel Pavilion, home to Connecticut's men's and women's basketball programs, and the Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.

Enjoy a tour of distinctive museums surrounded by astonishing architecture, or visit the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts for a variety of entertainment in arts. From a collection of internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles to various dance shows, this flexible space featuring attractive architectural is the perfect location for up to 2,300 artistically interested guests.

The Mansfield Public Library offers ongoing workshops — topics focus on environment sustainability, and various landscaping plans. The library also hosts a Teen Game Night and every summer there are free concerts at Bicentennial Pond.

Visit the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, the State Museum of Puppetry for Connecticut. For the artistic resident, you may want to enjoy some of the exhibits at the William Benton Museum of Art, or some history at the Museum of the Mansfield Historical Society, which preserves historic collections regarding Mansfield history.

In the heart of the UConn campus, the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History is an important part of the University's broad educational vision, providing an excellent learning atmosphere for the general public and UConn students.

There is also an opportunity to try some fresh, homemade ice-cream at the UConn Dairy Bar. Presenting a unique "farm to table" mentality, the Dairy Bar offers customers the chance to enjoy over 50 flavors of ice cream.

Want to Learn More?

For more information on upcoming events and news, visit the Mansfield Downtown Partnership.

For All Your Mansfield Real Estate Needs

I have been listing and selling Mansfield, Connecticut real estate for over 25 years. Whether you're buying or selling a home in this area, I'm your Mansfield realtor! Give me a call at 860-428-9827.

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