A town located in the northeast corner of New London County, Voluntown shares its eastern border with the state of Rhode Island. Incorporated in 1721, the community received its name from the fact that, in 1700, the Volunteers of the Narragansett War were given lots in the area to build homesteads—thus creating a Volunteer Town. Early industry included farming and textile mills. Today, Pachaug State Forest, located within Voluntown’s borders, takes up two-thirds of the town and is a popular camping and hiking destination.
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