The documented lifespan of Newington is relatively brief – covering a span of 135 years. However, its history goes back over 335 years when it was a part of the neighboring town of Wethersfield . In the 1600's, woodcutters from Wethersfield were sent to “ Pipestave Swamp ” in Newington to harvest timber. During its history, Newington was also known as “Cowplain” and “West Farms.”

The Town seal, which has a waterfall as its focal point, reflects the importance of using the Mill Pond waterfall in the 1670's for energy to run a sawmill near the site of the present town garage.

In the late 1600's, settlers from Wethersfield came to reside in the “West Society of Wethersfield” – these settlers had been given grants for new farms on the western frontier. The farmers were attracted to Newington because the land is level and rich with glacial deposits.

The General Assembly legally named “ Newington ,” which means “new town in the meadow,” in 1721 and finally incorporated the town in 1871. At the time of incorporation, Newington had a population of 837 with 132 dwellings and 130 farms.

Today, the 130 farms have almost disappeared. Newington has transformed itself from a farming community to a strategically located suburb of Hartford . A suburb filled with honest, hard working families and community oriented individuals.


Located 6 miles southwest of Hartford, Newington is tucked between the Farmington River valley and the broad fertile valley of the Connecticut River. The town offers a unique blend of having a close proximity to major employment centers and shopping areas while still maintaining a peaceful, country atmosphere for family life. Over the years, the town has kept "pace with the economical growth of the Capitol Region" and transformed itself "from a farming community to a significant, strategically located suburb of Hartford."

Many factors need to be considered before moving to a new town. The knowledgeable Reference Staff at the Lucy Robbins Welles Library in Newington offers a free Newington Information Packet, a printed reference guide to community information and town services, to help you with your transition.

Newington Chamber of Commerce member companies offer valuable resources for individuals and organizations relocating to the region. Many of our members provide services for your transition into the Newington community.

Newington is well situated for convenient access to hospitals, senior services, day care services and other health related services. Medical services in the Newington area are comprehensive.

Beginning July 1, 2006 , the Town of Newington will be a member of the Central Connecticut Health District (CCHD), which will serve as the local health department for residents in Newington , Berlin , Rocky Hill, and Wethersfield . As such, the Health District is committed to providing essential local public health services through on-going education, prevention of diseases, investigation of health problems, the protection and enhancement of the environmental health of the community, monitoring, and advocacy.

Quality Of Life

A wide variety of environmental programs and services are also provided by the Health District to the member towns. Residents can reach the CCHD by calling 860.721.822 or visit the CCHD website.

Newington Children's Hospital

Between 1898 and 1996 Newington was the home of the Children's Hospital which consolidated with the pediatric services at Hartford Hospital and is now known as the Connecticut Children's Medical Center . Hartford Hospital maintains a campus in Newington providing services that includes the

• Jefferson House providing rehabilitative, palliative and long-term care;
• Various administrative offices (in the former Newington Children's Hospital);
• Clinical Laboratory Partners which performs the hospital's diagnostic tests;
• Cedar Mountain Commons independent and assisted living community.

VA Connecticut Healthcare System

The VA Connecticut Healthcare System (formerly known as the Newington VA Hospital) has been part of the Newington landscape since 1931. The facility has served veterans through World War I and II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam War, the Persian Gulf War and continues to serve all qualified veterans of the most recent conflicts.

American Radio Relay League

Founded in 1914, the American Radio Relay League is the national association for amateur radio in the USA. Today, with more than 160,000 members, the ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the world. The ARRL's mission is based on five core areas or "pillars": Public Service, Advocacy, Education, Technology, and Membership. ARRL headquarters is located Newington, CT, with a staff of 100 that serves the needs of members. ARRL is also International Secretariat for the International Amateur Radio Union, which is made up of similar societies in 150 countries around the world.

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