The northeastern “Quite Corner” of Connecticut shares borders with Massachusetts and Rhode Island. A picturesque rural New England town Woodstock was founded 1686. The charming hilltop village offers distant vistas of farms and orchards bordered by stone walls. Woodstock is Connecticut’s second largest township by area and has a small but steadily growing population which helps to make it an ideal choice for your home and family.
Many of the elegant antique homes date from the early 1700’s. The town boasts its very own Victorian mansion, “Roseland Cottage”, also known as the “Pink House” or the “Bowen House”. Here is a fabulous example of a gothic revival style summer house built by wealthy Woodstock native, Henry C. Bowen. US Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison and Rutherford B. Hayes all visited Woodstock and the pink house in its day, as did Henry Ward Beecher and John C. Fremont.
Roseland Cottage is a National Historic Landmark, and is open to the public for guided tours of the house and property. At the village crossroads, homes surround the village green along with quaint antique shops, boutiques, cafes, and a real English tea shop. There are over fourteen jewel-like lakes and ponds in Woodstock Township, varying in size from a hundred and eleven acres to thirty eight acres. Woodstock is a desirable community in which to live, works, and enjoy life.
Nestled among tall Pines you will find waterfront houses and homesites with beautiful views comparable to those of Vermont or New Hampshire, yet within commuting distance to Boston, Hartford and University of Connecticut Storrs. Many of these lakes offer recreational boating, swimming, skiing, and fishing. Woodstock Township maintains a town beach on St. Mary’s Pond with changing sheds, picnic tables and a summertime lifeguard for its residents use.
The community has strong educational leadership exemplified by the town’s schools. Founded in 1801, Woodstock Academy is an independent secondary school serving as a public high school for children from Woodstock, Canterbury Eastford, Pomfret, Union and Brooklyn. Woodstock Township and the community work hard to ensure that the unique rural character of the township lives abides for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike. It has many parks, beautiful nature walks, and two golf courses.
The community’s farming history has supported a popular annual agricultural fair held every Labor Day weekend since 1860 at the fairgrounds. It offers fun for all ages and is the second oldest country fair in all of New England.
From the rustic charm of the antique houses and farmlands to the finger lakes that dot the countryside, the “Quiet Corner” has a lot to offer making it one of Connecticut’s best communities for your home and family.