Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington – Hartford Daily Photo

Farmington is located in Hartford County with the Talcott Mountain ridgeline along its eastern border. The Tunxis Indians called the area Tunxis Sepus, or bend of the little river. After incorporation in 1645 the settler’s renamed the region and its primary river Farmington.  In the 1800s, Farmington became known as the “Grand Central Station” of Connecticut’s Underground Railroad. Present-day visitors can see several sites associated with the abolitionist movement and Amistad trial of 1841. Hill-Stead Museum, Miss Porter’s School and other early buildings preserve the town’s historic character while corporate facilities, medical and dental schools, and other enterprises fuel its economy.


Detail from Map of the Farmington Canal

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