Coventry, Connecticut

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Coventry is a town in Tolland County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 11,504 at the 2000 census. The birthplace of Captain Nathan Hale, Coventry is home to the Nathan Hale Homestead, which is now a museum open to the public.

Coventry was incorporated in May 1712.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 38.4 square miles (99.4 km²), of which, 37.7 square miles (97.7 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.7 km²) of it (1.67%) is water.

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History

Coventry was named in October 1711, the first town in the colonies to be named "Coventry" for Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom.

Settlement and founding

The first house in Coventry, CT was said to have been built near the shore of Lake Wangumbaug by Nathaniel Rust, a Hartford, CT man, originally of Northampton, Massachusetts. The entire Rust family is said to have made their final move to Coventry from Massachusetts in a group of a dozen families in 1709. Along with Nathaniel Rust, the names of some of the earliest settlers were David Lee, Thomas Root, Samuel Gurley, Ebenezer Searl, Joseph Petty, Benjamin James and Benjamin Carpenter. Four other settlers were also of Northampton, MA and two from Reading, MA. [1]

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