Introduction to East Hartford, Connecticut
East Hartford, Connecticut, in Hartford county, is 4 miles E of Hartford, Connecticut and 89 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. Part of the surrounding Hartford metro area, East Hartford is home to some 49,575 residents.
East Hartford History
Native Americans inhabited this area before Europeans arrived here in 1631. Thomas Burnham bought land in this area in 1659 from Tantinomo, the Chief sachem of the Podunk Indians. The town of Hartford initially occupied the areas of present-day East Hartford, Manchester and West Hartford. East Hartford was incorporated as a separate town in 1783. Manchester was a part of East Hartford until 1823.
East Hartford and nearby Attractions
- Edward E. King Museum
- Penney Memorial Library
- Easton Orchard
- Hockanum River
- Keeney Cove Marsh State Wildlife Area
- East Hartford Golf Course
Things To Do In East Hartford
While in East Hartford, one can visit the Easton Orchard, the Edward E. King Museum, the 1761 Huguenot House Museum and the Hockanum Hose Co. Fire Museum. One can also spend a day at any of the town's beautiful rivers and reservoirs. There are a large number of shopping malls dotting the streets of East Hartford. In addition, the town holds the Black-Eyed & Blues Festival and the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival every year.
East Hartford Transportation
Hartford-Brainard Airport provides air transportation.
East Hartford Higher Education
Goodwin College is the local institute of higher learning. Trinity College, Manchester Community College and the University of Hartford are all within a 10 mile radius of the town.