The town of Berlin, located in Hartford County, has the distinction of having the geographic center of the state located in its town. First known as the Great Swamp Society, the town was incorporated in 1785 and called Berlin. New Britain remained a part of the town until 1850. The early economy formed around farms, mills, and blacksmiths, and in the middle of the eighteenth century, brothers Edward and William Pattison emigrated to Berlin from Ireland and set up the first tinware business in the colonies. Today, Berlin has three distinct areas (Kensington, Berlin Center, and East Berlin), and remains both residential and industrial, with many small industries still in operation.
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