- Tolland, Connecticut
official_name = Tolland, Connecticut
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = 1722
settlement_type = Town
pushpin_map_caption =Location within the state of Connecticut
subdivision_name = Hartford
subdivision_type1 = Region
subdivision_name1 = Capitol Region
leader_title = Town manager
leader_name = Steven Werbner
leader_title1 = Town council
leader_name1 = Frederick Miles Daniels, Chm.
Mary Ann Delaney Tuttle, Vice Chm.
Dale M. Clayton
Harvey R. Gilbert
Francis T. Kennedy
Michael P. McGee
April C. Teveris
area_total_km2 = 104.4
area_land_km2 = 102.9
area_water_km2 = 1.5
area_total_sq_mi = 40.3
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 13146
population_density_km2 = 127.8
population_density_sq_mi = 331.0
timezone = Eastern
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = Eastern
utc_offset_DST = -4
area_land_sq_mi = 39.7
area_water_sq_mi = 0.6
elevation_m = 200
elevation_ft = 656
latd = 41 |latm = 52 |lats = 19.85 |latNS = N
longd = 72 |longm = 22 |longs = 10.06 |longEW = W
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 06084
website = http://www.tolland.org/
area_code = 860
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 09-76290
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0212667
Tolland was named in May, 1715, and incorporated in May, 1722. According to some, the town derives its name from being a toll station on the old road between Boston and New York. Alternately, its name could have been taken after Tolland in
Somerset, England. Today Interstate 84, the main highway connecting New York City, Hartford, Connecticutand Boston, Massachusetts, bisects Tolland, but the town retains a charming village feel. Tolland Green is the informal center of the community, and a national historic district. The Green's features include an old-fashioned penny candyand antiques store known to locals as the 'Red and White'; the town's original 19th century town hall, now an arts center; the 'Old Tolland Jail' museum; the 'Tolland Inn' bed and breakfast; and the Hicks-Stearns Museum, a restored Victorian house. The architectural styles on display, including the white steeples of several churches, are reminiscent of a picture-postcard New Englandscene. The town is also home to the supposedly haunted 'Benton Homestead'.
Many of the town's adults work in Hartford, located about 25 minutes away, often at one of the city's many insurance companies, or for the neighbouring
University of Connecticutin Storrs. A family-oriented town, the landscape of Tolland is primarily composed of large houses on plots of around one acre. Undeveloped, forested land covers the area between the town's many residential developments. Containing two state forests and several municipal parks, the town retains a relatively ruralcharacter.
In September 2006 Tolland opened a new high school to support the growing number of students. The town is also expanding with new commercial and residential developments.
In 2005, Tolland was voted the 29th best place to live in America by CNN/Money magazine.Fact|date=June 2007
In April 2008, Wes Craven began filming scenes for his 2009 movie 25/8 inside the former Tolland High School.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 40.3 square miles (104.4 km²), of which, 39.7 square miles (102.8 km²) of it is land and 0.6 square miles (1.5 km²) of it (1.46%) is water.
of any race were 1.15% of the population.
There were 4,586 households out of which 42.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 74.4% were married couples living together, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.4% were non-families. 13.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.83 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 7.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $77,398, and the median income for a family was $82,990. Males had a median income of $51,659 versus $37,795 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $29,892. About 1.1% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.9% of those under age 18 and 3.5% of those age 65 or over.
The principal governing body of Tolland is the elected Town Council, which is responsible for making policy and major decisions about the town's future. The day-to-day operations of the town are handled by a Town Manager, a paid professional appointed by the Council and charged with implementing and executing Council policy and decisions.
The Council consists of seven unpaid members elected in a
general electionin the town every two years. Currently, the Council consists of two Republicans and five Democrats, and was elected in November 2007. The council selects their own chair and vice-chairpersons, with the chair traditionally being the highest vote-getter among the four majority-party members and the vice-chair the highest among the minority party members. Except for Executive Sessions (which are usually held to re-negotiate contracts with Town employees) meetings are open to the public and contain a time for citizens to address the Council from the floor. As of December 2005, meetings were are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 7:30pm at the Hicks Municipal Building at 21 Tolland Green.
* [http://www.tolland.org Tolland Town Government]
* [http://www.curbstone.org/index.cfm?webpage=110 Ghost of The Benton Homestead]
* [http://www.enjoycentralct.com/index.cfm Central Regional Tourism District]
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