Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union

Bigelow Hollow State Park, Union

Union, in Tolland County, is located in the northeast, or Quiet Corner, of Connecticut. First inhabited by Nipmucks (a local Native American tribe), and later, in 1727, settled by Presbyterians from Massachusetts, the town was incorporated in October of 1734 and includes the village of Mashapaug. Union is the least-populated town in Connecticut and contains the point of highest elevation in the eastern-half of the state. One-third of the town is set aside as park and forest land and includes: Bigelow Hollow State Park, Mountain Laurel Sanctuary, Nipmuck State Forest, and Yale-Myers Forest (managed by Yale’s School of Forestry).

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“The Last Green Valley,” 2017. Link.


Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. “Bigelow Hollow State Park & Nipmuck State Forest,” 2012. Link.
Town of Union. “Union Historical Society,” 2014. Link.


“Photograph: Charcoal Kiln, Union,” 1949. Connecticut History Online, University of Connecticut Libraries, Archives & Special Collections. Link.
Connecticut State Library Digital Collections. “Union - WPA Architectural Survey,” 2014. Link.
“Union 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.
Hammond, Charles. The History of Union, Conn. Edited by Harvey M. Lawson. New Haven: Press of Price  Lee & Adkins, 1893. Link.
Union Historical Society, and Jeannine Upson. Union Lands: A People’s History. Union, CT: Union Historical Society, 1984.