Introduction to Willington, Connecticut
Willington, Connecticut, in Tolland county, is 15 miles NE of Manchester, Connecticut and 69 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town is part of the Hartford metropolitan statistical area. About 5,959 people live in Willington.
The town of Willington was established in May of 1727. Named after a community in England, Willington was primarily an agricultural town in its early years. However, the Industrial Revolution reinvented the Willimantic River as a valuable asset, and woolen mills were established along the river banks. The town's largest industry, a glass factory, started its operations in 1811. In recent times, the town's economy has been largely dependent on agriculture and manufacturing.
Willington and nearby Attractions
- Connecticut State Museum of Natural History
- Nathan Hale Homestead
- William Benton Museum of Art
- Fenton-Ruby Park and Wildlife Preserve
- Brimfield State Forest
- International Skating Center of Connecticut
Things To Do In Willington
Willington offers easy access to the William Benton Museum of Art, the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, the Hicks-Stearns Museum and the Mansfield Historical Society Museum. The Copernican Observatory & Planetarium, the International Skating Center of Connecticut and the Holyoke Merry-Go-Round are all accessible from Willington as well. The Brimfield State Forest offers camping, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and picnicking opportunities.
Bradley International is the closest major airport.
Willington Higher Education
Local colleges and universities include Eastern Connecticut State University, the University of Connecticut and Western New England College.