Deeply rooted in the Colonial past, Avon was first settled in 1645 and was incorporated as an entity separate from Farmington in 1830. A rural atmosphere still suffuses this scenic New England village on the bank of the Farmington River, although present-day businesses in Avon include high-tech manufacturing and outstanding shops. The legacy of a long and peaceful past has bequeathed Avon many lovely homes and beautiful neighborhoods that rest amid quintessential New England beauty. A Town Manager and Town Council handle the municipal affairs of the town’s approximately 16,000 inhabitants.
EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL FACILITIES
Avon’s public school students are taught within a system encompassing three Elementary Schools, Avon Middle School and Avon High School. Private schools in the village are Avon Old Farms School and Talcott Mountain Academy. Within Avon, the Farmington Valley Arts Center houses artist studios, a gallery and a shop; the Avon Historical Society maintains the Living Museum and Pine Grove School. The First Governor’s Horse Guards and Stables, the oldest continually operating Cavalry Unit in America, and the Horse Cavalry Museum give glimpses into another world. Only twenty minutes away, the Bushnell Performing Arts Theater provides world-class cultural events.
A large number of parks and trails are maintained by the village, including Alsop Meadows, comprised of 46.2 acres of woods and open meadows. Countryside Park has 13.2 acres with two ponds; Fisher Meadows, 233 acres with a lake, fishing, playing fields and unspoiled open spaces inviting outdoor appreciation. Additional areas encompass the 279 acres of Huckleberry Hill Recreation Area and a 36-acre preserve in Hazen Park. Sycamore Hills Recreation area hosts soccer, hiking or enjoying the town pool and playing courts; Rails-to-Trails welcomes cross-country skiing, biking, roller blading, jogging or walking. Even the heart of the village welcomes outdoor enjoyment with a one-acre Town Green.
Under ten miles from Hartford, State Route 44 brings Avon residents to Interstate Routes 84, 91 and 291. Bradley Field International Airport is readily accessible.
RURAL SOPHISTICATION IN SCENIC NEW ENGLAND