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Tolland, Connecticut

On April 18, 1713, a committee was appointed to lay out a settlement, and the General Assembly was petitioned to charter it as a town. When the Charter was obtained in 1715, the town was named after an English town in Somerset, and was incorporated as Connecticut's 49th town in May 1722.

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1772 - (Tolland, CT) - Originally part of the town of Windsor, it was named in 1715 and incorporated in May of 1772.

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1819 - Tolland
Tolland, the seat of justice for the county, is situated 18 miles east from Hartford, 52 northeast from New-Haven, and 42 northwest from New-London. It is bounded east on the Willimantic river, which separates it from Willington, west by Vernon and Ellington, south by Coventry, and north by Ellington. It contains about 36 square miles; being more than 6 miles in length, and 5 and a half miles in breadth.

The town is uneven and rough, being mountainous and stony. The soil is gravelly; but some of the valleys and borders of streams consist of a loam which is warm and fertile.

The lands are best adapted to grazing, being too rough and stony for plowing, although some corn, oats, rye and flax are raised.

The forests, which are extensive, consist principally of oak and chesnut; comprising, however, various other deciduous trees.

The geological structure consists of granite, schistus and other rocks of a primitive formation. Large masses of granite appear upon the surface, some... Read MORE...

1839 - Tolland
Tolland, Connecticut
Shire town of Tolland county. This town has a population of 1,700 inhabitants and is situated on the nearest mail route from Hartford to Boston. Its products are English grain, grass, potatoes, &c. It contains two small woolen manufactories, with water power sufficient to operate a greater number of corresponding machinery. It lies 18 miles E.N.E. from Hartford, 17 N. from Windham, 27 W.N.W. from Brooklyn, and 30 N. from Norwich. The land is rather sterile, mountainous, and uneven. The inhabitants are industrious and intelligent.
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. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1854 - Tolland
Tolland, a post-village and seat of justice of Tolland county, Connecticut, near the New London Willimantic and Palmer railroad, 45 miles N. N. W. from New London. It is pleasantly situated on an elevated plain, and contains, besides the county buildings, churches of the Congregational, Baptist, and Methodist denominations, n bank, a savings' institution, and an insurance company. Population of the township, 1410.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1895 - Tolland
Tolland, a post-village, capital of Tolland co., Conn., in a township of the same name, 21 miles E.N.E. of Hart ford, and 33 miles W. of Tolland Station of the New Lon don Northern Railroad. It is pleasantly situated on an elevated plain. It contains a court-house, 3 churches, and a national bank. Pop. of the township in 1880, 1169; in 1890, 1037. Tolland Station is 31 miles N. by W. of Norwich.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1906
Tolland, a banking post-village, capital of Tolland co, Conn., in a township (town) of the same name, 21 miles ENE. of Hartford. It has manufactures of leather belting. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1036.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Whether you're a resident or just passing through, here's a list of places to go and things to do in Tolland:
Tolland Green: Start your exploration of Tolland at the town's historic green. This picturesque spot is the heart of Tolland and is surrounded by beautifully preserved colonial-era buildings. Take a leisurely stroll, have a picnic, or simply relax on the green while enjoying the small-town charm.

Old Tolland County Jail and Museum: This historical site offers a glimpse into Tolland's past. Explore the old jail, which dates back to the 1850s, and learn about its intriguing history. The museum adjacent to the jail displays artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of Tolland's rich heritage.

Hike at Shenipsit State Forest: If you're an outdoor enthusiast, you'll love Shenipsit State Forest. It's a great place for hiking, bird-watching, and enjoying the natural beauty of Connecticut. The Shenipsit Trail, part of the New England National Scenic Trail, winds through this forest, providing miles of hiking opportunities.

Crystalline Pond: On a hot summer day, head to Crystalline... Read MORE...

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