The town of Coventry, located in Tolland County, is the home of Lake Wangumbaug, also known as Coventry Lake, the largest lake in northeastern Connecticut. Incorporated in 1712, the land was sold to Hartford men by the Native American sachem Joshua. A farming community, the town also took advantage of its three rivers and numerous streams to develop industrial manufacturing industries. The items produced varied but included glass flasks, cardboard boxes, and textiles. Today, Coventry is best known as the birthplace of Captain Nathan Hale and is home to the Nathan Hale Homestead; a museum currently open to the public.
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