Introduction to Glastonbury, Connecticut
Glastonbury, Connecticut, in Hartford county, is 5 miles SE of Hartford, Connecticut and 91 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. The town benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Hartford metropolitan area with.
A tract of land on the eastern bank of the Connecticut River was bought from a Native American Chief by thirty families who settled down in this area in 1636. This region was then known as Pyaug. In 1690, residents gained permission to form a separate town, and Glastonbury came into existence in 1693. The community is believed to have been named after a town in England. Glastonbury was a major shipbuilding town in the 18th and early 19th centuries.
Glastonbury and nearby Attractions
- Welles-Shipman-Ward House
- Diamond Lake
- South Glastonbury Historic District
- Connecticut Audubon Center
- Minnechaug Golf Course
Things To Do In Glastonbury
Glastonbury is the ideal destination for both sports enthusiasts and history buffs. The town's Minnechaug Golf Course and Neipsic Golf Course offer world-class facilities to golfers. There are a number of historical sites and museums near the town as well. The Museum on the Green, the Historical Society Building of Glastonbury and the South Glastonbury Library are all nearby. In addition, entertainment and shopping facilities are offered by the town's shopping malls. Food lovers can enjoy the orchards around Glastonbury that offer pick-your-own fruit and farm-to-table dinners. The chamber of commerce sponsors the Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival that attracted 23,000 attendees in 2017. The festival includes amusement rides, food vendors, crafters, many bands, the Angry Orchard Pub and a 5K road race.
Hartford-Brainard Airport can be reached in a few minutes.
Glastonbury Higher Education
Opportunities for higher education are available at Trinity College, Wesleyan University and Manchester Community College.