Introduction to Woodstock, Connecticut
In the 1650s, a Puritan missionary named John Eliot established praying towns for Native Americans. Wabaquasset, the largest of those towns, was established on the land now occupied by Woodstock. The natives deserted the area during King Philip's War in 1675. Massachusetts bought the land in 1682, and 13 men from Roxbury, known as the Thirteen Goers, settled here in 1686. In 1690, it was named Woodstock by Judge Samuel Sewall. It became a part of Connecticut in 1749. Initially a farming community, Woodstock developed into an industrial town after the War of 1812.
Woodstock and nearby Attractions
- Brooklyn Historical Society Museum
- Old Sturbridge Village
- Brimfield State Forest
- Roseland Cottage
- Tower Hill Botanic Garden
- Mashamoquet Brook State Park
Things To Do In Woodstock
Local parks include the Bigelow Hollow State Park, Quaddick State Park, Mashamoquet Brook State Park and Mansfield Hollow State Park. Local museums include the Prudence Crandall Museum, the Hicks-Stearns Museum and the Brooklyn Historical Society Museum. The Roseland Cottage is a popular local historical spot as well, holding evening concerts during summer months. The town hosts the Woodstock Fair every September.
Worcester Regional Airport is nearby.
Woodstock Higher Education
Higher education can be pursued at Eastern Connecticut State University, the University of Connecticut and at the College of the Holy Cross.