Preston, Connecticut

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Preston is a town in New London County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 4,688 at the 2000 census. The town includes the villages of Long Society, Preston City, and Poquetanuck.



In 1686, several people, including Thomas Parkes and Thomas Tracey, petitioned and was granted by the Connecticut General Court to authorize a plantation of seven miles square east of Norwich and north of New London and Stonington. In 1687, a confirmatory deed for the land was given by Owaneco, son of the Mohegan sachem Uncas. That year, the town was formally incorporated as Preston.[1][2]

The Ecclesiastical Society of Preston was first organized in 1698, with the first meetinghouse located in Preston City. In 1716, on request of residents in the northern part of Preston (now the town of Griswold), the North Society was established. A splinter group, the Separate Church of Preston was established in 1747 and lasted until 1817. The Preston City Baptist Church (now the Preston City Bible Church) was established in 1812.[3][4]

On 4 August 1954, a Air France Lockheed L-1049C Super Constellation flying from Orly Airport to Idlewild Airport crashed near Preston, Connecticut.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 31.8 square miles (82.3 km²), of which, 30.9 square miles (80.0 km²) of it is land and 0.9 square miles (2.2 km²) of it (2.71%) is water.

Principal communities

There were three distinct settlements in the town when it was first established:[6]

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