Located in southwestern Hartford County, Plainville lies between the Metacomet Ridge’s Bradley Mountain and Pinnacle Rock. A flatland, known in its early settlement as the Great Plain of Farmington, Plainville flourished with the 1828 opening of the Farmington Canal, which ran through town and linked New Haven to Northampton, Massachusetts. By the time Plainville incorporated in 1869, warehouses, factories and taverns complemented its agricultural base. When the locomotive made the canal obsolete, its Plainville towpaths became railways. Air transport also factors into Plainville history. Its Robertson Airport is Connecticut’s oldest, and its annual hot air balloon festival is one of the last still held in New England.
The town of Plainville claims a special relationship with aviation... …[more]
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