Introduction to Burlington, Connecticut
Burlington, Connecticut, in Hartford county, is 6 miles N of Bristol, Connecticut (center to center) and 88 miles NE of New York, New York. The town, which is considered part of the Hartford metropolitan area, has a population of 8,190.
The original inhabitants of the beautiful hill town of Burlington, the Tunxis tribe, used the area as a hunting ground, and named their territory Tunxis Sepus. The white settlers first arrived in Connecticut in 1636, and in 1640, John Haynes, the then governor of Connecticut, purchased a huge tract of land from the Tunxis tribe and named it Tunxis Plantation. In 1645, Tunxis Plantation was incorporated as the town of Farmington, which includes the present day towns of Burlington, Bristol, Berlin, Avon and others. The western area of Farmington, comprising the present day towns of Burlington and Bristol, was heavily forested and was consequently named West Woods. In 1774, the northern portion of West Woods was incorporated as the Parish of West Britain. In 1806, the Parish of West Britain was finally incorporated as the town of Burlington.
Burlington and nearby Attractions
- Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area
- Nassahegan State Forest
- American Clock & Watch Museum
- Black Rock State Park
- Edward E. King Museum
- Buttolph - Williams House
Things To Do In Burlington
The town celebrates local festivals like Whigville Grange Fair. The American Clock & Watch Museum and the Edward E. King Museum are some sites that a visitor might like to see. The Nassahegan State Forest is an animal lover's paradise. One can also visit various historic sites such as the Buttolph - Williams House, the Dinosaur State Park, the Mark Twain House, and the Noah Webster House.
Air transportation is available from Bradley International Airport.
Burlington Higher Education
Higher studies can be pursued at Central Connecticut State University, University of Hartford, and Manchester Community College.