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Enjoy the many beautiful art galleries, well known restaurants and shopping in the enchanting village center.

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Unwind in  a unique town that celebrates art, history, music, theater, crafts and cuisine, a community and conversation located in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. Enjoy art galleries, shopping and restaurants in the village center, ride the Chester/Hadlyme ferry across the scenic Connecticut River and visit the historic Gillette Castle, attend a performance at the Norma Terris Theater, bike through the Cockaponsett State Forest, or swim at Cedar Lake, or take a tour of the Chester Museum at the Mill.

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Facts about Chester

Town/City established:

  • Settled in 1692 and Incorporated in 1836.

Named from: 

  • Named after the Chester, England.

County:

  • Middlesex.

Notable citizens (past and present):

  • Paul Hopkins (1904-2004). Baseball player.
  • Sol LeWitt. Contemporary artist.
  • Morley Safer. CBS news correspondent.
  • Max Showwalter (1917-2000). Actor in film, Broadway and television.

Top Five Attractions:

  • The Norma Terris Theater.
  • Chester/Hadlyme Ferry. A ferry that crosses the scenic Connecticut River near Gillette Castle State Park.
  • Chester Museum at the Mill. Museum was a mid-1800s mill site, now houses the Chester Historical Society's award-winning exhibit Streams of Change: Life and Industry Along the Pattaconk.
  • Cedar Lake.
  • Cockaponsett State Forest. The state's second largest state forest offering horseback riding, fishing, hiking, youth group camping, swimming, mountain biking, cross-country skiing.

Annual Visitor’s Events:

  • Winter Carival, February.
  • May Daze, First Friday, May.
  • Town wide Tag Sale, Memorial Day weekend
  • Farmer's Market, June-October.
  • 4 on the 4th Road Race, July 4.
  • Chester Fair, August.
  • Lobsterfest, September.

Quality of the town/city:

  • Unwind in  a unique town that celebrates art, history, music, theater, crafts and cuisine, a community and conversation located in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. Enjoy art galleries, shopping and restaurants in the village center, ride the Chester/Hadlyme ferry across the scenic Connecticut River and visit the historic Gillette Castle, attend a performance at the Norma Terris Theater, bike through the Cockaponsett State Forest, or swim at Cedar Lake, or take a tour of the Chester Museum at the Mill.

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