Introduction to Durham, Connecticut
Durham, Connecticut, in Middlesex county, is 7 miles SE of Meriden, Connecticut and 84 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is located in the Hartford metropolitan area. Durham's population is 6,627.
In 1699, Caleb Seward, a resident of Guilford, became the first settler in the area now known as Durham. Native American inhabitants originally knew of the area as Coginchaug. The town was named after Durham, England. It was incorporated as a town in 1708.
Durham and nearby Attractions
- New Britain Youth Museum
- Eli Whitney Gun Factory
- Lake Compounce Theme Park
- Selden Neck State Park
- Cockaponset State Forest
- Copernican Observatory & Planetarium
Things To Do In Durham
Nearby museums and historic sites include the Eli Whitney Gun Factory, the Gillette Castle, the Connecticut River Museum and the Museum of Fife and Drum. The Kidcity Children's Museum showcases exhibits like a farm with a main street, a ship and other inventions. The Lake Compounce Theme Park, the West Rock Ridge State Park, the Millers Pond State Park, the Devil's Hopyard State Park and the Chatfield Hollow State Park offer a host of recreational facilities. The Copernican Observatory & Planetarium and the Pardee Rose Garden are also nearby.
Bradley International is the nearest major airport.
Durham Higher Education
Central Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University and Quinnipiac University are the local universities.