Originally inhabited by the Tunxis Indians, Farmington is one of the oldest communities in the state. Settled for its rich soil, ideal location along the Farmington River and the valley geography, the area was established by residents of Hartford, making Farmington the oldest inland settlement west of the Connecticut River. Situated in the picturesque valley, the area is steeped in history and New England charm, presenting a quaint Main Street in the historic village section. Lined with colonial estates, dating back to the 17th century, George Washington even referred to Farmington as the ?the village of pretty houses.? Further, the area is known for is abolitionist history, active in aiding escaped slaves. Several homes in the area were safe houses on the Underground Railroad and became a hub known as ?Grand Central Station.? Unionville was named, according to one explanation, because the corners of Farmington, Avon and Burlington united to form it.
Steeped in history, the area presents 10 properties on the National Registry?s list of Historic Places. The Hill-Stead Museum, designed by one of the first American architects, holds an impressive collection of Impressionist paintings by the world?s masters, while also serving as the site of the annual Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Miss Porter?s School, an exclusive school for girls, is also located in Farmington. The school is a significant historic and cultural institution founded in 1843. One of the most selective in the country, famous former students includes Jackie O, Lilly Pulitzer and members of the Vanderbilt and Rockefeller families. Whether it's the diverse cultural and historical opportunities, the friendly people or the beautiful natural scenery, Farmington and Unionville afford a quality of life second to none. The combination of small town charm within a short distance of clean and lively downtowns make central Connecticut a great place to call home.