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Voluntown’s interesting name comes from the word volunteers. The town is named for the English volunteer soldiers who died fighting in King Phillips War against the Native Americans.


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1721 - Incorporated in 1721, Voluntown received its name from the fact that, in 1700, the Volunteers of the Narragansett War were given lots in the area to build homesteads—thus creating a Volunteer Town.

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1819 - Voluntown
Voluntown is situated in the southeast part of the county; bounded on the north by Plainfield and Sterling, on the east by Exeter, in Rhode-Island, on the south by North-Stonington, and on the west by Griswold, in New-London county. It has an average length of about 9 miles, and an average breadth of more than 4 miles, comprising nearly 39 miles...
A Gazetteer of the States of Connecticut and Rhode-Island: Written with Care and Impartiality, from Original and Authentic Materials : Consisting of Two Parts ... with an Accurate and Improved Map of Each State Authors John Chauncey Pease, John Milton Niles Publisher W.S. Marsh, 1819
1839 - Voluntown
Voluntown, Connecticut
Windham county. This town was incorporated in 1719. It derived its name from the circumstance that most of its territory was granted, in 1696, to Volunteers in the Narraganset war. The surface is, in some parts, hilly, but the prevailing character of the surface and soil is a sandy and gravelly loam.

Voluntown is 14 miles E. from Norwich, and is bounded by Rhode Island on the east, and North Stonington on the south. Population, in 1830, 1,304. The town is watered by Wood river, a branch of the Pawcatuck, on which are one woolen and two cotton mills.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Voluntown:
Pachaug State Forest:

Explore the great outdoors in the Pachaug State Forest. It's perfect for hiking, camping, fishing, and picnicking. There are numerous trails catering to different skill levels.

Beach Pond:

Enjoy some serene moments by the Beach Pond. Whether it's fishing, kayaking, or simply sitting by the shore, this picturesque pond is a peaceful retreat.

Hopeville Pond State Park:

Another gem for outdoor enthusiasts, Hopeville Pond State Park offers hiking trails, fishing opportunities, and a beautiful pond for boating and swimming during the summer months.

Voluntown Peace Trust:

Check out the Voluntown Peace Trust, a unique and tranquil space that promotes peace, sustainability, and community. They often host events and workshops centered around these themes.

Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream:

Treat yourself to some delicious ice cream at Buttonwood Farm. Famous for their sunflowers in the summer, this is a great spot to cool down and indulge in a variety... Read MORE...

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