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Welcome to the Town of Stafford, CT

Warren Memorial Town Hall, 1 Main Street,
Stafford Springs, CT 06076, phone: 860-684-1777
e-mail: staffordtownhall@staffordct.org

StaffordThe Town of Stafford began its history almost 300 years ago as a rural hill town with 3 excellent agricultural districts. Most of the population was concentrated in 6-7 villages. Industrialization took advantage of abundant water power from the tributaries of the Willimantic River, & caused population shifts. In the mid-1800's, the Railroad connected Stafford to markets across New England. Before the State Highway projects of the 1920's & 1930, there was a Trolley connection to Rockville.

The Town of Stafford presents an ideal location for families and companies looking for a destination. Stafford is a rural/suburban mixed community with direct and rapid access to all major Northeast cities, especially New York and Boston. Our highly trained workforce, ample clean water supply and cooperative financial institutions all contribute to a positive business climate.

We are fortunate to have the Johnson Memorial Medical Center in our town, and a State Police Barracks nearby. The proximity of these facilities is an added benefit to the residents.

In addition to many shops, restaurants and a grocery chain store in town, more shopping and cinema opportunities abound 10 - 30 minutes away by car in Enfield, Manchester, Monson, Somers, Tolland, Vernon, and Sturbridge Massachusetts.

Stop by, say hello, and again - Welcome to Stafford!


Government Services | Location | History/Demographics
Schools | Medical | Community Events | Recreation | Churches/Civil
Municipal | Housing | Industry

Local Government Services

The Warren Memorial Town Hall is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Office locations at Town Hall:

Family Services is located across from the Witt Intermediate School, near Hyde Park

Location

Stafford is located at approximately 42 degrees North Latitude and 72 degrees West Longitude. The elevation above sea level varies from approximately 600-800 feet.

History/Demographics

Stafford has approximately 11,300 residents and covers 58 square miles, making it the third largest town (land area) in Connecticut. There is a developed downtown business section bordered by several parks. Throughout the town, there are lakes, ponds, streams, State Forests and farmlands, crisscrossed by traditional New England stone walls. Stafford has a rich historical heritage. Long before its incorporation as a town in 1719, the famous mineral springs drew Indians and settlers to the Stafford area for the curative properties of the water. In addition to its reputation as a resort area, Stafford became known for its textile mills in the later 1800's. Some of the world's most famous cloth was (and still is) woven in this town. Today, Stafford displays a rich tapestry of quaint mills, Victorian houses, and rolling country from agrarian roots to its industrial foundations.

Schools

At the present time there are three elementary, one middle and one high school in Stafford, in addition to a parochial K-8 school (St. Edward School).

The school system serving pre-K through 12 has earned an excellent reputation. Recent state test scores place Stafford at a par with wealthier suburban towns, and at the top of its District Reference Group (DRG) of similar towns. A technology rich teaching and learning environment, our school district has been noted in national publications.

Stafford High School fields competitive teams in football, basketball, cross country, golf, field hockey, wrestling, indoor & outdoor track, soccer, baseball and softball, and offers an active intramural sports program. Each spring the music, arts, and drama departments of the high and middle schools put on plays and musical productions. A variety of extracurricular activities rounds out the school program

Medical

Johnson Memorial Medical Center, located on Route 190 in Stafford, is a modern hospital built in 1975 and has an adjoining professional building which houses the practices of area doctors. Evergreen Health Care Center is a long-term care facility that is also located at this site. Evergreen and JMMC serve several area towns.

Stafford hosts offices of a number of physicians, dentists, optometrists, chiropractors, physical therapists and other health professionals. The Stafford Veterinary Center serves the needs of animals, both large and small.

Community Events

The Stafford Arts Commission presents summer music concerts at Hyde Park thanks to the generous sponsorship of American Sleeve Bearing. In the fall, the Commission sponsors Autumn in the Park: A Celebration of the Arts also in Hyde Park.

During the winter months, from October through April, the Commission takes their events indoors to the Ben Muzio Town House and hosts a Coffee House on the last Sunday of every month. There is no Coffee House in December. CDs by the performers are donated to the Stafford Library.

Also during the winter months and at the Ben Muzio Town House, the Commission has presented several dramatic productions. On the 3rd Saturday of every month, barn dances are held at Memorial Hall. Each dance features a guest caller and music group. In addition, the Commission encourages volunteers to offer creative workshops.

In late spring, the Commission sponsors a classical music concert in Haymarket Common. Also the Commission sponsors a women's music festival, HERLAND, at the Ben Muzio Town House.

At all of the Stafford Arts Commission events, donations to the Stafford Food Bank are collected.

Recreation

For the outdoor enthusiast, Stafford and North central Connecticut offers many activities. The Middle River & Willimantic River have good water for canoes & kayaks 3 - 6 months per year. Upland game hunting, fishing, swimming as well as cross country skiing, can be found. The Town has several tennis courts, ball fields, soccer fields, and several quiet, relaxing parks. In addition, there are private recreational swimming and tennis clubs. During the spring and summer, there is an active Little League program, youth softball, adult softball for men and women, and a summer recreational program offering swimming lessons and martial arts instruction for children. There are also programs for youth football, basketball, soccer and hockey. The nationally famous Stafford Motor Speedway attracts tens of thousands of spectators every year and is a fixture on spring and summer evenings. Stafford also has limited access to Sandy Beach on Crystal Lake in Ellington. Plans are being developed to provide hiking and multi-use trails within Stafford and connecting to other towns. Two B&B's, and nearby campgrounds, provide overnight accommodation for visitors.

Churches/Civic Groups

Stafford has always had active civic organizations. Today there are a number of clubs which contribute to the town's vitality. Among them are: Lion's Club, Rotary Club, regional Chamber of Commerce, Stafford Fish and Game Club, Italian Benefit Society, the Stafford Junior Women's Club, VFW, American Legion, Rod and Gun Club, Grange, Masons, music and arts groups, Historical Society and the Senior and Youth center groups, along with all ages of Scout troops for girls and boys.

Churches of many denominations include: Baptist, Congregational, Episcopal, Lutheran, Unitarian/Universalist, Roman Catholic, Methodist and Word of Life Assembly of God.

Municipal

Stafford is governed by a Board of Selectmen consisting of three members, elected by town voters on odd years for a two-year term. The Town has no charter, but is governed in general by CT General Statutes (laws) and specifically by ordinances voted upon at town meetings.

Stafford is served by the Connecticut State Police through the Resident State Trooper program. The State Police Troop C Barracks is located nearby, just off I-84 in Tolland. There are also fulltime and part-time constables that serve with resident troopers. Two volunteer fire departments cover Stafford with strategically located firehouses. The Town also hosts a volunteer ambulance organization, which serves the area.

The Stafford Public Library continually offers public service programs and unique special events for the community. Open six days a week, offering a day and evening schedule, the Stafford Public Library has established itself as one of the finest facilities east of the Connecticut River.

A modern sewer plant, renovated in 2010, services approximately one-third of the town, including the commercial and industrial area in the Service District. Curbside pick-up of municipal refuse and recyclables to be recycled is available within the Stafford Springs Service District.

Housing

Stafford offers a good mix of housing. There are distinctive single-family homes, attractive well-planned condominiums, working mini-farms and various duplexes and apartments. For seniors, (individuals or couples), Stafford hosts Avery Park, which is one of the largest and most comprehensive elderly housing projects in the state. A Mature Living Community is also available with single family detached homes for age 55+.

Stafford boasts some outstanding examples from the Victorian era as well as beautiful Colonial houses in traditional New England settings. The town plan of development calls for slow but steady growth for the town while preserving the rural characteristics of the area.

Industrial/Commercial

Business and industry have always played an important role in the development of Stafford. Dating from the time when a local factory manufactured cannon and shot for the Colonial Army, to the more modern requirements of weaving material for Armed Forces uniforms, the town has hosted diverse industries. A fine balance of manufacturing, retail and service industries presently exist. Among the many benefits available to Stafford business and industries:
  • Modern sewer plant
  • Ample water supply for processing
  • Good access to I-84, I-91 and the Mass. Pike
  • Proximity to Bradley Airport and Westover Field
  • Available factory space
  • Industrial space available
  • Skilled, dedicated work force
  • Favorable tax base, with state and local incentives
  • Active economic development efforts