Introduction to Coventry, Connecticut
Coventry, Connecticut, in Tolland county, is 11 miles E of Manchester, Connecticut and 75 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Hartford metro area, Coventry is home to some 11,504 residents.
The land on which Coventry stands today was given to Hartford by Native Americans. The Connecticut General Assembly commissioned a team in 1706 to lay out the area and admit new inhabitants. Nathaniel Rust built the first house in this area and moved here with his family in the early 1700s. The Rusts were followed by a dozen families in 1709. The area was named Coventry in 1711 after Coventry in Warwickshire, England. It was incorporated in the following year.
Coventry and nearby Attractions
- Wangumbaug Lake
- Nathan Hale Homestead
- The Strong-Porter Museum
- Brigham's Tavern
- Captain Nathan Hale Monument
- South Coventry Historic District
Things To Do In Coventry
Coventry has many historic sites, antique and specialty shops and herb farms. Lake Wangumbaug has a beach, picnic area, playground, community center, lodge facilities and a band shell for concerts that are held during the summer.
Bradley International Airport is nearby.
Coventry Higher Education
The University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University and Trinity College offer courses in higher education.