On the western bank of the Connecticut River lays Glastonbury, whose mountains overlook nearby Hartford to the southeast. Glastonbury is known for its hilly terrain, which includes both Minnechaug Mountain, which has been used for home development since the 70s, as well as Kongscut Mountain, better known to locals as Rattlesnake Mountain. The Meshomasic State Forest, one of Connecticut’s largest, is home to a large population of timber rattlesnakes. Thankfully, they are largely harmless to many hikers, mountain bikers, fishers, and hunters who take full advantage of the miles of wildlife.
As early as the mid 1600’s, a handful of Wethersfield residents worked the land “east of the river.” In 1690, they petitioned the Royal General Court to become a separate entity. By 1693, they engaged Reverend Timothy Stevens to serve as their minister and built their meeting house as part of the requirements of the Connecticut General Court for township. Glassenbury thrived and the town began to take shape.
The spelling of the town’s name varied until the mid-1800’s when it was decided to conform to the “proper” English spelling. The thorn in the town seal is a replication of the Somerset thorn, a link to its European past.
Over two dozen historic sites in town tell tales of Glastonbury’s unique past. Among them is the oldest continuously operating ferry in the country. Stone from the town’s quarry built the Wadsworth Atheneum. The Hollister parcel is thought to be an ancient Native American burial ground. The William Welles residence housed and educated some of Yale University’s students during the revolutionary war while British warships plied New Haven Harbor.
Because of the Connecticut River and the surrounding forested mountains, Glastonbury often experiences a fluctuating climate with summers that are often hot and humid and the winters that are cold and bitter. That’s why Daniels Energy, a family company that has proudly served the area since 1926, can help you make decisions about the best ways to heating and cool your home or business. We specialize in oil to gas conversion as well as fuel delivery and every type of HVAC service.
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