Introduction to Farmington, Connecticut
Farmington, Connecticut, in Hartford county, is 4 miles NW of New Britain, Connecticut and 90 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is considered part of the Hartford metropolitan area. Farmington has a population of 23,641.
The Tunxis Native Americans were the original inhabitant of the region now known as Farmington. A European settlement was established here by Hartford residents in 1640. Farmington is the oldest inland community west of Connecticut River, and also one of the oldest settlements in the state. The town was incorporated in 1645 and named Farmington in the same year. Farmington had a distinct abolitionist community, which aided in the escape of slaves.
Farmington and nearby Attractions
- Day-Lewis Museum of Indian Artifacts
- Stanley-Whitman House
- Lake Garda
- Copernican Observatory & Planetarium
- Farmington Club Polo Grounds
- Shade Swamp State Wildlife Area
Things To Do In Farmington
The Day-Lewis Museum, the Hill-Stead Museum, the New Britain Industrial Museum, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the New Britain Youth Museum and the Unionville Museum are all nearby and provide insight into the history of the region. The Exchange Shopping Mall Shopping Center and the Westfarms Shopping Center are also very popular tourist spots.
Air transportation is available from the Hartford-Brainard Airport.
Farmington Higher Education
Higher educational facilities are offered by Tunxis Community College. Other institutes nearby include Central Connecticut State University and the University of Hartford.