Introduction to Portland, Connecticut
Portland, Connecticut, in Middlesex county, is 8 miles E of Meriden, Connecticut (center to center) and 90 miles NE of New York, New York. The town, which is part of the Hartford metropolitan statistical area (MSA), has about 8,732 residents.
The Portland area was originally inhabited by Wangunk tribes. Europeans first arrived in Portland around 1690 and settled here because they were attracted by the huge repository of brownstone, used for construction as well as gravestones. Till 1841, the town was a part of Chatham. The town derives its name from Portland, England a place well-known for its freestone quarries. By late 19th century, quarrying became the town's major industry.
Portland and nearby Attractions
- Meshomasic State Forest
- American Clock & Watch Museum
- Gillette Castle
- Barnes Museum
- Eli Whitney Gun Factory
- Bushnell Park
Things To Do In Portland
Local museums including the American Clock & Watch Museum, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, and the Barnes Museum provide insight into the history of the town. Tourists may visit the historic Gillette Castle which overlooks the Connecticut River. The mansion was built by William Gillette, known for his stage portrayal of Sherlock Homes. Tourists can also visit the numerous parks. The area is well known for the Meshomasic State Forest, built in 1903. The town's oldest church is the First Congregational Church.
Bradley International Airport provides air transportation facilities.
Portland Higher Education
One can pursue higher education at Wesleyan University, Central Connecticut State University, and Trinity College.