Old Tolland County Jail and Museum, Tolland

Old Tolland County Jail and Museum, Tolland – Jerry Dougherty

Tolland, in Tolland County, is located in north-central Connecticut and utilizes the Willimantic River to make up much of its eastern border. Originally part of the town of Windsor, it was named in 1715 and incorporated in May of 1772. Tolland County was organized by the General Assembly in 1785 and Tolland was designated the county seat, bringing a jail and courthouse which, by the early 19th century, sat at the terminus of five turnpikes. Tolland’s early economy centered on farming and today the town retains much of its rural character.

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Tolland Historical Society. “Daniel Benton Homestead,” 2016. Link.
Tolland Historical Society. “Old Tolland County Courthouse,” 2016. Link.
Tolland Historical Society. “Old Tolland County Jail and Museum,” 2016. Link.
“The Hicks-Stearns Museum,” 2016. Link.
“Tolland Historical Society,” 2012. Link.


Connecticut State Library Digital Collections. “Tolland - WPA Architectural Survey,” 2016. Link.
“Tolland Collection.” Connecticut Digital Archive, n.d. Link.


Commemorative Biographical Record of Tolland and Windham Counties, Connecticut: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens and of Many of the Early Settled Families. Chicago, IL: J.H. Beers & Co., 1903. Link.
Preston, W.W., & Company, and J. Cole. History of Tolland County, Connecticut, Including Its Early Settlement and Progress to the Present Time a Description of Its Historic and Interesting Localities Sketches of Its Towns and Villages. New York, NY: W.W. Preston & Company, 1888.
McDermott, William. Tolland: A Connecticut Town 1715-1815. Tolland,  CT: Kerleen Press, 2008.