Historical Markers in
Tolland County, Connecticut

603 Gilbert 604 Gilbert A Familiar Vista A Jungle and Some Frats Attilio R. “Pop” Frassinelli Benjamin Franklin Koons Birthplace of Nathan Hale Bolton Bolton Veterans Monument Bolton Veterans Monument and Honor Roll Bolton World War I Monument Booth and Dimock Memorial Library Capt. Harold L. Lewis Jr. U.S.A.F. Captain Nathan Hale Captain Nathan Hale Monument Cogswell Memorial Fountain Columbia Columbia Korean War Monument Columbia Vietnam War Monument Columbia World War I Monument Connecticut Vietnam Veterans Memorial Constitution Oak Constitutional Oak Coventry Coventry Veterans Memorial Coventry Vietnam Memorial Coventry World War II Memorial Coventry’s First Congregational Meetinghouse Descendant of the Original Charter Oak E.A. Tracy Wool Extract and Shoddy Mill Eleazar Wheelock Eleazar Wheelock D.D. Ellington Ellington Remembers Ellington Veterans Memorial Ellington Wall of Honor First Meeting House First Step, Fallen Friend Fitch Mill, Belding Silk Mills & Dart's Stone Mill Fox Hill Tower - War Memorial Tower French Army Memorial Hebron Hebron Civil War Monument Hebron Court of Honor Hebron World War I Historic Homesteads Historic Horsebarn Hill Holy Grove John Boynton’s Mill Joseph J. Marrone Korea Lakes and Stones Lakeside Park Mansfield Mansfield World War I Monument Mansfield World War II Memorial Missionary Society of Connecticut Moor’s Charity School Nathan Hale Cemetery Observation Post 52 Old Milestone Patriot’s Park Rochambeau Encampment Scitico Roll of Honor Site of the first Meetinghouse in Union Somers Somers and Somersville Veterans Memorial Somers Memorial Honor Roll Somers Veterans Memorial South Coventry Village South Coventry Village Stafford Stafford Monument of Honor 20th Century Stafford Soldiers Monument Stafford Wall of Honor 20th Century Strong Homestead The Bidwell House The Brothers Storrs The Connecticut Veterans Memorial The Eight Patriots The First Congregational Church The Grant Farm / Storrs House The Strong-Porter Homestead The Town Pound The Tracy Shoddy Mill The Washburn Mill & The Visitor’s Center This Edifice Thomas H. Wood’s Silk Mill Tolland Tolland Founders Monument Tolland Veterans Monument Town of Columbia Honor Roll Town of Willington, Connecticut Trooper Russell A. Bagshaw Union Union Civil War Memorial Union Green Historic District Union Veterans Memorial Union’s 250th Birthday Time Capsule University Life University of Connecticut Veterans Memorial Vernon Vernon Korean War Monument Vernon Veterans Monument Vernon Vietnam Veterans Memorial Veterans 1861-1865 Veterans Memorial Veterans Memorial Green VFW Post 9800 Veterans Monument Warfield Pond Washington – Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Wellwood’s General Store / The Methodist Church Willington Willington Willington With Gratitude World War II, Korean, and Vietnam Conflicts Monument WWII Japanese 37 mm anti-tank cannon history
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Tolland County, located in the northeastern part of Connecticut, has a rich history that dates back to its founding in 1785. The area was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, such as the Mohegan, Nipmuc, and Pequot. European settlers began arriving in the region in the 17th century, establishing farmsteads and small communities.

During the American Revolution, Tolland County played a significant role. The county was known for its strong support of the Patriot cause, and many residents volunteered to serve in the Continental Army. Tolland even hosted General George Washington in 1776 as he traveled through the region. The towns of Tolland, Hebron, and Coventry were particularly active during this period.

In the 19th century, Tolland County experienced rapid industrialization. The advent of the textile industry brought mills to towns like Rockville and Stafford Springs, boosting the local economy and population. The county also became a center for agriculture, with dairy farming and tobacco production being major industries. The construction of railroads further connected Tolland County to regional markets, stimulating its growth and development.

In the present day, Tolland County continues to be a picturesque and vibrant region. Its historic towns and villages, such as Ellington, Columbia, and Somers, retain their small-town charm and showcase the county's rich architectural heritage. The county also boasts an assortment of parks, forests, and lakes, making it an attractive destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Tolland County's history, from its Native American roots to its industrial boom, has shaped its character and provided a strong foundation for its present-day communities.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Tolland County, Connecticut.

  • Tolland County was established on October 13, 1785.
  • In 1786, Tolland became the county seat.
  • In the early 19th century, the county experienced growth in agriculture and industry.
  • During the 19th century, Tolland County's population continued to increase.
  • In the 20th century, the county saw further industrial development and expansion of transportation infrastructure.
  • Tolland County is currently home to various historical sites and landmarks, showcasing its rich history.