Introduction to Southington, Connecticut
Southington, Connecticut, in Hartford county, is 5 miles NW of Meriden, Connecticut and 82 miles NE of New York, New York. Part of the surrounding Hartford metro area, Southington is home to some 39,728 residents.
Southington was originally known as Panthorne. The area was first settled in by Europeans in 1698 by Samuel Woodruff. In 1779, the area was incorporated as a town. General George Washington passed through the town while visiting Wethersfield in 1771. Though Southington was a small, rural farming community, it developed into a manufacturing center in the early 1900s.
Southington and nearby Attractions
- Barnes Museum
- Cockaponset State Forest
- Lake Compounce Theme Park
- Science Center of Connecticut
- Quassy Amusement Park
- Copernican Observatory & Planetarium
Things To Do In Southington
During your stay in Southington, you can visit the Veterans Memorial Park, the Southington Dog Park and Panthorn Park. The Crescent Lake offers boating and fishing facilities. You can also plan a day trip to the Ragged Mountain. Skiing can be enjoyed at the Mount Southington Ski Area.
Hartford - Brainard Airport is nearby.
Southington Higher Education
Briarwood College is the local college. Central Connecticut State University, the University of Hartford and Quinnipiac University also offer facilities for higher education.