Land in Connecticut
When most of us think of Connecticut, we think of colorful autumn trees, ye olde covered bridges, or the kind of lifestyle you can only find ‘out east.’
The prospect of relatively inexpensive land for sale in Connecticut might have something to do with its fascination as well. After all, you didn’t Google ‘land for sale Connecticut’ by accident.
But what is life really like in Connecticut? It offers both the advantages of city and country living, some of the best public and private schools in the nation, and a thriving economy, with all the job opportunities that implies. The quality of life Connecticut residents report is among the country’s highest, which is a big reason people are looking for land in Connecticut now more than ever.
But let’s look into all this in detail, and make sure you get a real feel for the state. Only then can you really know if you’d be happy there, and whether or not there is any land for sale Connecticut can tempt you with.
Things to Do
Tourism has been an important industry in Connecticut for more than 100 years, ensuring that there is something to do almost everywhere in the state, and plenty of land for sale in Connecticut in easy reach of amazing activities.
A few of the best places to go and things to do in Connecticut should include:
Gillette Castle State Park. Located just outside of East Haddam, this is the home actor and playwright William Gillette built for himself in the late 1800s. It is, to all appearances, an ancient castle from the outside. Inside, however, it is all American-Victorian luxury.
Mohawk Mountain Ski Area. A relatively new but very popular attraction, the Mohawk Mountain park offers groomed skiing and snowboarding slopes and is open both day and night. There is plenty of camping in nearby state parks, as well.
Holy Land Theme Park, Connecticut. Holy Land USA, just outside of Waterbury, was closed for many years. It re-opened in 2014, though, and offers exhibits and reproductions of scenes depicted in the Bible. These include representations of the Stations of the Cross, faux Israelite villages, and replicas of Holy Land catacombs.
History of Connecticut
History of Connecticut
Connecticut is the most southerly state that is formally part of the New England region. The story of the region we now call Connecticut will require more than a careful search of Connecticut land records to tell, though. The state’s name is derived from a phrase in the Mohegan-Pequot language, which means something like “upon the long tidal river.” The region was ancient even when the Mohegan-Pequot gave it that name, though. Archeologists can confirm human settlement in the region going back more than 10,000 years.
The oldest cultural evidence we can find suggests that the tribes present at the time of contact with the New England settlers had replaced waves of Algonquian-speaking Nipmuc and Sequin peoples, including tribes like the Quinnipiac, the Hammonasset, the Wangunk, the Podunk, the Schaghticoke, and the Tunxis. Today, native populations of Paugussets, Pequots, and Mohegans still live in the state.
The Dutch first arrived in the region of Connecticut in 1614. Of course, at the time there was no land for sale – Connecticut peoples didn’t operate that way. The Dutch traded for furs all along the Connecticut River, and built a trading fort in what would become Hartford.
The first colonists arrived in 1633 at Windsor, and in 1644 at Haven. More followed from Massachusetts in 1635, and a large body of Puritans settled what would become the Connecticut Colony at Hartford in 1636.
Yale College was established in 1701. A lighthouse had been constructed by 1760, and by 1776, Connecticut shipyards had produced roughly 100 vessels, mostly sloops, briggs, and schooners.
Connecticut was the 5th state to ratify the US constitution following the Revolutionary War, in 1788. Its mills, textile factories, and fisheries thrived, and settlers from Connecticut established colonies as far inland as Ohio. You could say this was the first ‘boom time’ of land for sale in Connecticut, but few paid in cash. All you had to do was make productive use of the land to gain title to it. Alas, things have changed.
More recently, Connecticut has become committed to a very progressive way of life. Not only does the state support the development of the arts and culture, but it is also proving to be a model for tolerance and inclusivity. Connecticut was the 2nd state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, for example, and it is striving to fully integrate the LGBTQ community and other historically excluded groups into the core of the state’s culture. This is no doubt contributing to the spike in interest in land for sale Connecticut is seeing these days.
Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate
Connecticut is beautiful all year around, Summers are warm and sunny, the trees in the fall are absolutely spectacular, the winter snows are both beautiful and a boon to mountain sports, and the spring is a celebration of the return of life.
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