Introduction to Stafford, Connecticut
Stafford, Connecticut, in Tolland county, is 17 miles SE of Springfield, Massachusetts and 68 miles W of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is located in the Hartford metropolitan area. Stafford has a population of 11,307.
Stafford was originally a rural agricultural community. Later on, industries flourished in this area due to the easy availability of water power. The first railroad entered the town in the mid-1800s and enabled Stafford to connect with the rest of New England. The town also had a trolley connection to Rockville, Connecticut. A number of factories in Stafford manufactured cannonballs and other war supplies during the Civil War.
Stafford and nearby Attractions
- Shenipsit State Forest
- Stafford Historical Society Museum
- Staffordville Lake
- Civilian Conservation Corps Museum
- Holland Pond Recreation Area
- Six Flags New England
Things To Do In Stafford
While staying in Stafford, you can plan a family day trip to the Bigelow Hollow State Park. You can also spend your leisure hours at the Sandy Beach on Crystal Lake. In addition, the town has several ball fields, tennis courts and soccer fields. The Zoo in Forest Park and Six Flags New England are also nearby. Apart from these, the recreation department of Stafford organizes a number of events and programs throughout the year.
Air transportation is available from Westover ARB Metropolitan Airport.
Stafford Higher Education
The University of Connecticut, Springfield College and Western New England College offer facilities for higher studies.