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Simsbury features a charming downtown filled with historic houses, fine restaurants, farms and open space. There is the Farmington River for recreation and hiking trails, and free visitor bike rentals.

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An award winning town, Simsbury is listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its "Dozen Distinctive Destinations." Also, federally designated as a "Preserve America" community, the town features a charming downtown filled with historic homes and fine restaurants, while the farms and open space harken back to their agricultural roots. With hiking trails, a navigable river for non-motorized vessels, a rails-to-trails bike path and free visitor bike rentals, there is a lot of outdoor recreational opportunities. And proud to be home of the biggest tree in Connecituct, the Pinchot Sycamore and a lovely predestian "flower bridge."

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Facts about Simsbury

Town/City established:

  • Settled in 1670.

Named from:

  • From Sim (on) Wolcott, leading settler or from Simondsbury in Dorset, England.

County:

  • Hartford.

Notable citizens (past and present):

  • William Bickford, inventor of the safety fuse.
  • George McLean, 42nd Governor of Connecticut & United States Senator.
  • William Phelps Eno, original architect of traffic regulations and transportation engineering; called the "father of the traffic light."
  • Gifford Pinchot, an ardent environmental preservationist, first head of the United States Forest service. The largest tree in the state, located in town, is named after him.
  • William Gray, inventor of coin telephone.
  • Henry F. Phillips, inventor of the Phillips screwdriver.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spent two summers working in the tobacco fields in the 1940s.

Top Five Attractions:

  • Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge.
  • Simsbury Historical Society.
  • Bike Friendly Community and Free Bike Program.
  • Simsbury Performing Arts Complex.
  • Talcott Mountain State Park and the Heublein Tower.

Annual Visitor’s Events:

  • Whitewater Trip Crown New England Kayaking Championships, April.
  • Try Simsbury, an adventure triathlon, May.
  • Talcott Mountain Music Festival, featuring the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, June-July.
  • Taste of Simsbury, August.
  • Septemberfest, September.
  • Arts & Crafts Festival, September.
  • Simsbury Airport Fly-In & Antique Car Show, September.
  • Simsbury Celebrates, November (Saturday after Thanksgiving).

Quality of town:

  • An award winning town, Simsbury is listed on the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its "Dozen Distinctive Destinations." Also, federally designated as a "Preserve America" community, the town features a charming downtown filled with historic homes and fine restaurants, while the farms and open space harken back to their agricultural roots. With hiking trails, a navigable river for non-motorized vessels, a rails-to-trails bike path and free visitor bike rentals, there is a lot of outdoor recreational opportunities. And proud to be home of the biggest tree in Connecituct, the Pinchot Sycamore and a lovely predestian "flower bridge."

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