Stafford, Connecticut

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Stafford is a town in Tolland County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 11,307 at the 2000 census. Stafford was settled in 1719.



The Colonial Town of Stafford began almost 300 years ago as a rural agricultural community. The easy availability of water power from the tributaries of the Willimantic River led to industrialization, and this abundance of power helped generate local population growth. By the mid-19th century, Stafford was connected by railroad to markets across New England, and before the State Highway projects of the 1920s and 1930s, the town had a trolley connection to Rockville, CT. During the Civil War, factories in Stafford made cannonballs and other war supplies for the northern forces.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 58.8 square miles (152.2 km²), of which, 58.0 square miles (150.1 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²) of it (1.38%) is water.

Stafford is located at the intersection of Routes 190 and 32, in the northeastern region of the state. The community consists of the downtown area known as Stafford Springs and the more rural villages of Crystal Lake, Ellithorpe, Hydeville, Orcuttsville, Staffordville, Stafford Hollow, Village Hill, and West Stafford.

While the town has managed to maintain its New England mill-town charm and culture, it is rapidly becoming a bedroom commuter town feeding into larger area communities. Many residents drive into Hartford, Manchester, and Enfield, Connecticut, as well as Springfield, Massachusetts, all of which can be reached in about a 30-minute auto commute. It is also about a half-hour drive to the University of Connecticut's main campus in Storrs.

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