Colchester has many outdoor recreation activities to enjoy; hiking, hunting, fishing, and picnicking.

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This suburban town is 30 minutes south to the shoreline or 30 minutes north to Hartford. Colchester spans almost 50 miles in area with several state parks and farmlands to enjoy. Salmon River State Forest offers hiking, hunting, fishing and picnicking. Colchester is also home to one of Connecticut’s 3 remaining covered bridges, Comstock Bridge. The bridge connects East Hampton to Colchester and crosses over the Salmon River. After a day of exploring, relax at Priam Vineyards and enjoy wine tasting, picnics and summer concerts.

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Facts about Colchester

Town/City established:

  • Incorporated in 1689.

Named from:

  • This town was named from Colchester borough and port in Essex, England.

County: 

  • New London.

Notable citizens (past and present):

  • Jonathan Coulton, singer/songwriter.
  • Henry C. Deming (1815-1872), Mayor of Hartford, Mayor of New Orleans, colonel in the Union Army, U.S congressman.
  • Rick Derringer, rock artists and producer.

Top Five Attractions:

  • Salmon River State Forest.
  • Day Pond State Park.
  • Priam Vineyards.
  • Colchester Historical Society.
  • Chanticlair Golf Course.

Annual Visitor’s Events:

  • Memorial Day Parade, May.
  • Tag Sale on the Green, June.
  • Colchester Farmer’s Market, June-October.
  • Festival on the Green, July.

Quality of town/city:

  • This suburban town is 30 minutes south to the shoreline or 30 minutes north to Hartford. Colchester spans almost 50 miles in area with several state parks and farmlands to enjoy. Salmon River State Forest offers hiking, hunting, fishing and picnicking. Colchester is also home to one of Connecticut’s 3 remaining covered bridges, Comstock Bridge. The bridge connects East Hampton to Colchester and crosses over the Salmon River. After a day of exploring, relax at Priam Vineyards and enjoy wine tasting, picnics and summer concerts.  

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