November 3, 2017

gazeboWolcott is a residential town located in New Haven County, Connecticut.  Wolcott was founded in 1796 and was originally named Farmingbury.

This is a town that really needs to be visited to understand the feel and character of the community.  It has a small rural town or “suburb” feel, but is hardly considered rural, as it is wedged between Southington and Waterbury.  Wolcott is just a short ride to Hartford or New Haven.

Part of the charm and small town feel of Wolcott is the result of the commitment of the residents to keeping safe, clean neighborhoods for families a priority.  Wolcott’s schools generally perform above the state averages on the Connecticut Mastery and Connecticut Academic Performance Tests.  Keeping in the tradition of investing back into the community, Wolcott recently built a new Youth Center and Sports Complex. 

Because Wolcott has five bodies of water, there is plenty of outdoor recreation available.  Woodtick Recreation Area  is open to the public to enjoy the swimming area with a slide, raft and safe children’s area. You’re sure to keep busy with volleyball, basketball and a playground area for kids.  There are even grills, a picnic area and a snack bar.  Another community favorite is Peterson Park.   Besides the well kept picnic areas, tennis courts and basketball courts, Peterson Park also has two full playground areas for children of all ages to enjoy, and is one of the few parks in the area that boasts a skateboard park.  This is truly a great place to spend the day visiting with family and friends.

Wolcott also marks the beginning of the Mattatuck Trail, which is considered to be one of Connecticut’s best hiking trails.  The views are amazing and it’s a great way to reconnect with nature and relax.

Wolcott is one of those towns where pretty much everyone knows everyone and neighbors help neighbors.  It has a simple laid back feel that is refreshing and inviting.  You can still count on the town to hold its annual Wolcott Country Fair at the New Wolcott Fairgrounds, complete with animals, arts & crafts, exhibits, rides, great food, contest and fireworks.

If you like the idea of living somewhere that feels very rural and truly is a simpler way of life, but also enjoy having the flexibility of getting to the city fairly quickly, this may be a town for you to consider.

Last Updated on November 3, 2017 by Minna Reid

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Minna Reid

Minna Reid is The Broker - Owner of Reid Real Estate Group. Reid Real Estate Group is a full-service Connecticut residential real estate brokerage, specializing in helping homeowners with legal and financial challenges including short sales, probate sales and tax lien complications.

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