Introduction to Willimantic, Connecticut
Willimantic benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Hartford metropolitan area.
Willimantic is an Algonquin Indian term meaning "land of the swift running water." The construction of Charles Lee's factory on Main Street catalyzed the growth of Willimantic community. In the 1820s, a number of factories were built in Willimantic. It was incorporated as a city in 1893. Railroads were constructed in 1849 which added to the growth of Willimantic. Willimantic was also known as the "Thread City," due to the production of silk, cotton and rayon threads. The last major mill in the area was closed down in 1985.
Willimantic and nearby Attractions
- Windham Textile and History Museum
- Willimantic Public Library
- Ebenezer Lutheran Church
- Bridge Street Plaza Shopping Center
- Lautor Park
- Main Street Historic District
Things To Do In Willimantic
The Jillson House Museum and the Windham Textile and History Museum house some interesting exhibits, which shed light on the local culture and history. One can also visit the Grant Medical Library, the Willimantic Public Library, Williamantic Town Hall, J. Eugene Smith Library and Dunham Hall Library to learn more about the region. The Bridge Street Plaza Shopping Center and the Willimantic Plaza Shopping Center are also very popular tourist haunts.
The Groton-New London Airport offers facilities for air transportation.
Willimantic Higher Education
Eastern Connecticut State University is the local institute of higher learning. The University of Connecticut is also nearby.