Introduction to Mansfield, Connecticut
Mansfield, Connecticut, in Tolland county, is 15 miles E of Manchester, Connecticut and 72 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is included in the Hartford metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 20,720 people lived in Mansfield.
Originally, this area was inhabited by the Mohegan Native American Tribe. The first European settlers came to this area from Norwich, and bought land from the Mohegans. These settlers were chiefly farmers and Mansfield remained a rural town. It was incorporated in 1702. The earliest grist mills and saw mills were powered by the nearby rivers. In the 19th century, the town began manufacturing steel products, bells, bits and augers, organ pipes, bronze cannons and gunpowder after a textile mill was established here.
Mansfield and nearby Attractions
- Farwell Barn
- Mansfield Center Historic District
- Hanks Hill
- Echo Lake
- Mansfield Hollow State Park
- Mohegan Sun Country Club
Things To Do In Mansfield
The Gurleyville Gristmill is a fully-intact stone grist mill which was built on the Fenton River in 1835. All the original equipment is still present in the mill. Tours through the mill are available from May to October.
Bradley International is the nearest major airport.
Mansfield Higher Education
The University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University are nearby.