SIMSBURY & AVON
ABOUT SIMSBURY & AVON, CT.
The town of Simsbury is situated in the northern end of the Farmington Valley. To the east is Talcott Mountain and the Farmington River along the Metacomet Ridge. The ridge includes Heublein Tower, Talcott Mountain State Park, Penwood State Park and the Tariffville Gorge.
The Farmington River is a wonderful natural resource providing thousands of people, an opportunity to enjoy swimming, tubing, boating (no motors) and fishing, For the wildlife enthusiasts the Bald Eagle and Blue Heron are seen frequently flying over, or perched in trees and along the banks of the river.
Simsbury takes great pride in its “Bike Friendly” community and offers a FREE Bike Program. The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail runs the length of Simsbury along the scenic Farmington River. The trail connects neighboring towns from Southwick, MA to Collinsville, CT. Simsbury was named the first “bike friendly town” in Connecticut.
Another source of great pride is the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center. Every summer it hosts the annual Talcott Mountain Music Festival, a series of 8 themed concerts in conjunction with the Hartford Symphony. It also hosts a series of Summer concerts highlighting such great performers as Harry Connick, Willie Nelson & Kansas. Many other community events are held here every year.
Avon reached a milestone in 2005, celebrating 175 years since its incorporation in 1830. Its history is preserved, maintained and collected by the work of the Avon Historical Society and the Avon Free Public Library’s Marian Hunter History Room.
Avon’s past is present. The 1778 First Company Horse Guards still operates. The Town converted the former Ensign-Bickford Company fuse factory buildings into offices and workshops. Life in early Avon is frozen in the remarkable diaries of Reverend Rufus Hawley, covering 1767-1812, and the journals and notebooks of Frank Hadsell, covering 1845-1942. Frank and his brother Clinton, both photographers, left behind hundreds of glass plate negatives taken about 1889-1919, when Avon’s population was just over 1,000.
CONVENIENT DISTANCES TO:
Avon Village 1 mile
Apple Cinemas 1.6 miles
Big Y Grocery and Shopping 1.6 miles
The North House 3.3 miles
Flamig Farm 4.8 miles
Heublein Tower 5.3 miles
Hop Meadow Country Club 5.6 miles
Downtown Simsbury 6.1 miles
Simsbury Farms Golf Course 6.1 miles
Blue Back Square 8 miles
International Skating Center of CT 8.1 miles
Downtown Hartford 10.5 miles