Why You'll Love Living in Willington
New England Charm
Willington boasts all the charm of small-town New England life while still being within easy reach of the city. There is so much to live about living in the delightful Willington, Connecticut community.
With a growing population of approximately 6,407, the community of Willington, Connecticut is a small residential yet rural town. It boasts a special quality of bustling activity that includes a shopping center, a small center of antique shops and a major travel stop.
Willington is approximately 20 miles northeast of Hartford, CT; 24 miles southeast of Springfield, MA; and 70 miles northwest of Boston, MA. And lest we forget, the town is only a few miles from the University of Connecticut main campus! You can have the best of both worlds in Willington.
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Welcome to Willington
The Town of Willington is located in Tolland County, which is in the Hartford metro area of northeast Connecticut. It is bordered by the towns of Tolland and Ellington to the west, Coventry to the southwest, Mansfield to the south, Ashford to the east and Union and Stafford to the north.
Willington is located within the Thames River Watershed, and it is bordered by the Willimantic River on the west. With a total area of 33.5 square miles, 33.3 square miles of the town is land and 0.2 square miles is water. Willington sits at an altitude of 761 feet, on terrain consisting primarily of rounded hills and broad flood plain valleys with the Connecticut River further to the west.
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A Quick History of Willington
Settlers from Derby, Fairfield, Milford and Hartford were granted land here in May 1720. The settlement became the town of Willington in May 1727. It was named after a town in England and the early spelling was actually "Wellington."
Willington was a quiet agricultural town until the time of the Industrial Revolution, when the Willimantic River waters became an important asset. Woolen mills were built along the river, and in 1811 a glass factory began operation, which was the town's first significant industry.
Willington Parks and Recreation
The Willington Recreation Department offers an impressive range of activities for residents of all ages, including foil fencing, archery, watercraft operation, multi-sport camps, soccer, field hockey, performing arts, volleyball and basketball.
The town boasts beautiful Fenton-Ruby Park and Wildlife Preserve, which provides more than 4 miles of hiking trails on 300 acres of scenic ponds, rivers, marshes, fields and forests. The Taylor Pond Trail has marked special points of interest.
For equestrian interests, nearby Ashford is home to Rendez-Vous Farm, a first class breeding farm for horses.
The Greater Hartford area offers a full range of top-notch golf courses in scenic New England settings, both in the city and in surrounding towns. There are 40 courses within a 30-minute drive of downtown Hartford. One such course, the Gillette Ridge Golf Course in Bloomfield, is an 18-hole championship course of more than 7,000 yards, located on the former 120-acre homestead of Francis Gillette that dates back to 1830.
There is little industry in Willington, with most people commuting to work in area cities. The principal industries are agriculture, manufacturing of machine parts and electroplating.
Educational, health and social services provide 24.8% of the employment in the town, retail trade provides 14.1%, manufacturing provides 11.7% and arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services provide 10.7%. The local unemployment rate is 4.9% and the average commute time is 27 minutes. The median household income is $56,207 and the average per capita income is $29,427.
Unique Regional Attractions
There is no shortage of regional attractions that Willington residents can enjoy. Some of these can be found in the following communities around Willington:
- Bristol, CT — Lake Compounce Amusement Park
- Coventry, CT — Nathan Hale Homestead
- East Haven, CT — Shortline Trolley Museum
- Ledyard, CT — Mashantucket Pequot Museum
- Manchester, CT — The Shoppes at Buckland Hills
- Northeast Connecticut — Connecticut Repertory Theatre,
- Mashantucket, CT — Foxwoods Casino
- Mystic, CT — Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport
- Stafford, CT — Stafford Speedway
- Uncasville, CT — Mohegan Sun Casino
- Vernon, CT — Ron-a-Roll (roller skating)
- Agawam, MA — Six Flags New England (formerly Riverside Amusement Park)
- Brimfield, MA — Brimfield Fair
- Sturbridge, MA — Old Sturbridge Village
- Wales, MA — Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary
- Westerly, RI — Misquamicut State Park/Beach
Locally, the beautiful new Willington Public Library opened in the fall of 2006.
Convenience to Major Cities
Of course, being ideally situated between New York and Boston, Willington lets residents take advantage of all the activities, culture and entertainment that these metro areas offer, not to mention nearby Hartford. Willington is less than an hour’s drive from the Connecticut and Rhode Island beaches. It is also within easy driving distance of the northern New England ski resorts and the Connecticut lakes, streams, hiking trails, fishing, hunting and camping areas.
Endless Adventures Await in Willington
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