Rockville (Vernon)

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Rockville is a census-designated place and a village of the town of Vernon in Tolland County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 7,708 at the 2000 census. Incorporated as a city in 1889, it has since been consolidated with the town of Vernon since 1965.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.6 km2), of which, 1.7 square miles (4.5 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (1.70%) is water.

History

Before the mills

In 1726, Samuel Grant traded his farm in Bolton for 500 acres (2 km²) in the northern part of Bolton. This included the area which is now known as "Rockville" and for about the next century it was a nameless village. A prominent feature of the area is the Shenipsit Lake, or "The Snip" as it is currently affectionately called by the residents. The Snip feeds the Hockanum River which cascades 254 feet over 1.5 miles (2.4 km). The river was used by the farmers for a grist mill, a saw mill, an oil mill and even a distillery starting around 1740.

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