Avon is an affluent town in the Farmington Valley region of Hartford County. Avon Old Farms School, a prestigious boarding school, is located there. In 2005, Avon was named the third-safest town in America by Money Magazine. It is home to the Pine Grove School House, which was built in 1865 and remains open today as a museum.

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Avon is an affluent town in the Farmington Valley region of Hartford County. Avon Old Farms School, a prestigious boarding school, is located there. In 2005, Avon was named the third-safest town in America by Money Magazine. It is home to the Pine Grove School House, which was built in 1865 and remains open today as a museum.

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Facts about Avon

Town/City established:

  • Founded in 1645 and Incorporated in 1830.

Named from: 

  • The accepted version is the name came from the Avon River in England. "Avon: had been in use as early as 1753, when church marriage records began to record the bride or groom's residence as "Avon" or :Northington."

County:

  • Hartford.

Notable citizens (past and present):

  • Joseph and John Alsop. They were from a family who came to Avon around 1900 and were involved in local, state and national Republican politics hosting many parties with United States presidents and others to their home on Nod Road.
  • Gildo Consolini. First Avon resident to be killed in World War II.
  • Reverend Rufus Hawley. From 1769-1819 was the second pastor of Northington, then Avon. His 50 year diary (1763-1812) is a published document.
  • Anthony O'Neill. Native of Avon and son of founder of O'Neill's Chevrolet and still lives in family home which has original "garage" from the company and many memoriabilia.
  • Jeannie (Thompson) Parker & Douglas Thompson. Sister and brother who grew up on Sunrise Farm which is till one of the last original farms in town. Both very active in the community.
  • Wilford Woodruff. Born in Avon in 1807 and grew up to be the 4th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (1889-1998).

Top Five Attractions:

  • Pine Grove School House, one-room school house.
  • Derrin House, farmhouse built in 1810.
  • First Company Governor's Horse Guard, oldest continuouslly operating cavalry unit in the country.
  • First Avon Library.
  • Farmington Valley Rails-to-Trail recrational parh.

Annual Visitor’s Events:

  • Memorial Day Parade
  • Avon Day, mid-September

Quality of the town/city:

  • Avon is an affluent town in the Farmington Valley region of Hartford County. Avon Old Farms School, a prestigious boarding school, is located there. In 2005, Avon was named the third-safest town in America by Money Magazine. It is home to the Pine Grove School House, which was built in 1865 and remains open today as a museum.

 

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