Colchester, Connecticut

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Colchester is a town in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 14,551 at the 2000 census. In 2005 it was ranked 57th on the "100 Best Places to Live" in all of the United States, conducted by CNN. In 2010 Colchester became the first town in Connecticut, and the 36th in the country, to be certified with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) as a Community Wildlife Habitat. Colchester is one of the fastest growing towns in Connecticut. The villages of Westchester and North Westchester are located within Colchester, as is the reservation of the Golden Hill Paugussett Indian Nation.

The Colchester Historical Society operates a local history museum in town.



According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 49.8 square miles (129.0 km²), of which, 49.1 square miles (127.1 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²) of it (1.49%) is water.

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Formerly an incorporated borough, the town center of Colchester is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, known as the Colchester Village Historic District. The town center has many attractions such as the veteran memorial on the town green and Harry's Place, a small shack located in the center of town widely known for their hamburgers and hot dogs. The Connecticut Dragway was also located in East Haddam CT near the Colchester boarder, until it was closed.


Fishing, hiking, and hunting at the Salmon River State Forest.

In honor of its 2005 designation, Colchester developed an annual celebration, the Colchester 57 Fest, which takes place each September. It is a family festival featuring entertainment, activities, food, fireworks and more. However, health and wellness is an important theme of the event. Details:

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