Even though it’s a small Connecticut village, Vernon-Rockville CT packs a mighty big punch when it comes to liveliness and things to do. Located in Tolland County, this town is steeped in American history. Vernon-Rockville CT got its start in the early 1700s when a man named Samuel Grant traded a farm for 500 acres of land. This land became what is known today as Rockville, combined with what was then Vernon Center.
Vernon-Rockville Connecticut is located about 15 miles away from Hartford, the state capital. It is also only about 25 miles away from Springfield, MA. The town is placed in the middle of what is known as “New England’s Knowledge Corridor.” This means that the town is located close to some of the top institutions in the country, including the University of Connecticut and Trinity College.
Vernon-Rockville CT is fairly easy to get to, with its close proximity to I-84. Because of this, many of the residents who live here commute to Springfield or Hartford for work. However, the slowed-down pace of life and deep-rooted community is what makes the commute back to this sleepy village worth it.
There is actually a designated historic district in Vernon-Rockville CT. It is bordered by Shenipsit, South and West streets as well as David Avenue. Within the Vernon-Rockville Connecticut Historic District are more than 800 buildings and 5,500 acres. Many of these buildings boast incredible Victorian architecture and house numerous historical artifacts. These buildings include St. Bernard Church, Belding Silk Mills, Dart Stone Mill and the Memorial Building, which is home to the Grand Army of the Republic Hall and the New England Civil War Museum.
As you continue to mosey around the town, take a gander over to Talcott Park, which is surrounded by Elm and Park streets. The houses in this neighborhood are nothing short of breathtaking. The range of styles includes 19th century Greek Revival and Gothic Revival architecture. These houses are so grand because they originally belonged to many of the mill owners. Fantastic houses in the Talcott Park neighborhood include the James I. Regan House and the David Sykes House.
Several famous people hail from this feisty Connecticut village, including Bill Romanowski, a former NFL linebacker, and artist Charles Ethan Porter.
Vernon-Rockville CT has had a thriving downtown since its origination, as it once strived to be the leading Connecticut city in the early 19th century. Now you will find some small local shops and eateries frequented by friendly, inviting locals townspeople.
You won’t be sorry you decided to visit Vernon-Rockville Connecticut. We look forward to seeing you around town soon.