Simsbury

THE COMMUNITY

In an area of striking natural beauty, Simsbury’s scenic situation in the lush Farmington River Valley rests between two low mountain ranges. First settled in the 1640’s, over three and a half centuries of living history have left this lovely town with a rich heritage of historic structures and fine vintage homes. The area is celebrated for its arts, antiques and quaint bed-and-breakfasts, possessing a distinctive and timeless blend of natural and architectural appeal that is thoughtfully protected by extensive open areas and parkland. Town Meetings and Selectmen govern Simsbury’s approximately 23,000 people, in a world where the ice cream social, community band concerts, the Bridge of Flowers and Simsbury Farms display the charm of a lovely way of life.

EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL FACILITIES

Simsbury’s public school students are educated within a comprehensive system of five Elementary Schools, the Henry James Memorial School for grades 7-8 and the Simsbury High School. Private schools include the Cobb School for pre-kindergarten to grade 6, Masters School for grades 1-12, Saint Mary School for pre-kindergarten to grade 8, The Ethel Walker School grades 6-12 and the Westminster School for grades 9-12. Active in the arts, Simsbury’s residents enjoy the Farmington Valley Chorale, the Sweet Adelines, the Simsbury Light Opera, Theatre Guild, Historical Society and an impressively wide range of community groups for every interest.

RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

Here on the verdant Farmington River, recreational pursuits are well served, with over 1,600 acres of town- owned parks and open spaces, most notably the 235-acre Simsbury Farms Recreational Complex. The Complex provides an 18-hole golf course, an outdoor skating rink, pool, water sports, courts and a 2.5- mile Family Fitness Trail. Suspended over the river, the Old Drake Bridge has been reborn as the Simsbury Bridge of Flowers and invites restful contemplation of the water in a scenic garden spot. Fishing, water sports, biking and horseback riding also beckon in this refreshing riverside town.

TRANSPORTATION

Ten miles north of Hartford and Interstate Routes 91 and 95, resting at the intersection of Routes 2 and 309, Simsbury is 73 miles from Providence, 98 miles from Boston and 102 miles from New York City.

HISTORIC BEAUTY ON THE FARMINGTON RIVER