Forestville is approximately the southeastern quarter of Bristol and was once Native American hunting grounds up until the 1800's, now it is mostly suburbs, Edgeville (Edgewood/Polkville) is another section in the north of Bristol. Bristol is also the eleventh most populated city in Connecticut it is also the most populated city in Connecticut without a highway, although route 72 being extended into Bristol from Plainville is supposedly in the works. Bristol, Connecticut is primarily known as the home of ESPN, whose central studios are in the town. Bristol was also know as a clock making town in the 1800's.
The city is also home to Lake Compounce, the oldest continuously operated amusement park in North America which has a very interesting history, and to the New England Carousel Museum, the American Clock and Watch Museum and the Imagine Nation Children's Museum. The name of the local daily newspaper is the Bristol Press. It is also home to The Tattoo teen newspaper, one of the first online newspapers.
Burlington, Connecticut IS community. The people that live here, the businesses that support them and those at Burlington's town hall who serve residents and businesses with enthusiasm combine to make Burlington a town where community really does count.
Although for most of its history Burlington was a small community, its influence, in terms of the men and women it sent out into the greater world, has been large. Among the individuals who were born or lived in Burlington who have made significant contributions to the history of America include: Katherine Gaylord, early American heroine; Amherst College President Heman Humphrey, under whose leadership Amherst became a world-class institution; Methodist Bishop Leonidas Lent Hamline, for whom Hamline University is named; Silas Brooks, early American Balloonist; Professor Bernard Moses of Stanford University, who was the first to promote the study of Hispanic Culture at American universities; Richard F. Jones, noted builder of Hartford's Bushnell Memorial; Ludella Peck, one of the first American women educators at the college level; Samuel Monce, inventor of the glass cutter; Col. Ralph L. Gezelman, who was responsible for organizing supply shipments for the D-Day invasion; and John G. Martin, former President and CEO of Heublein, whose Johnnycake Ranch was visited by a host of national luminaries during the 1950's and 1960's.
Burlington today provides a link with the nation's historic past as well as a vision of its future.
Just above the village, off Mountain Road, lies the Hill-Stead Museum. The estate, completed in 1901 and designed for Alfred Atmore Pope by his daughter Theodate Pope Riddle, one of the first woman American architects, is known for its Colonial Revival architecture. Now a museum, its 19 rooms hold a nationally-recognized collection of Impressionist paintings by such masters as Manet, Monet, Whistler, Degas and Cassatt. It is also the sight of the annual Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, and is a National Historic Landmark.
Miss Porter's School, an exclusive college preparatory school for girls, is in Farmington. The school, whose buildings occupy much of the village center, is a significant historic and cultural institution in its own right. Founded in 1843 by educational reformer Sarah Porter, Miss Porter’s has long been one of the most selective preparatory schools for girls in the country. Famous alumni include Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Lilly Pulitzer and members of the Bush, Vanderbilt, and Rockefeller families.
The town is also home to the University of Connecticut Health Center, where over 4,000 people work. The Health Center also houses John Dempsey Hospital. The hospital provides the only full-service emergency department in the Farmington Valley and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), one of only two in Connecticut.
Farmington is also home to TRUMPF Inc. TRUMPF is the largest manufacturer of fabricating machinery in the United States and a world market Leader in lasers used for industrial production technology.
Many residents have repeatedly fought proposals by the state to widen Route 4, a main thoroughfare linking northwestern Connecticut to I-84, fearing that such a move would compromise the character and integrity of the town. With the recent relocation of Parsons Chevrolet, "on that crazy corner" just above the village, there is some suspicion that this widening of Route 4 will come sooner rather than later. Work has been delayed because of the town's fight to maintain the village aesthetic and requests for modifications to the proposed plan.
Farmington also faces a relatively strong demand for housing. The lure of Farmington's quality public school system, convenient location for commuters, charm, and name recognition continue to attract new home buyers. As such, town officials are faced with the task of accommodating new growth while respecting the preservation and need for open space. Farmington's real estate values are among the highest in Greater Hartford.
In January 2008, town residents overwhelmingly approved the purchase of nearly 100 acres (0.40 km2) of farmland. This blocked a proposal to convert the farm into a residential strip, something many feared would have compromised the town's rural feel.
Students in Farmington have access to public schools that consistently rank among the best in the nation. The town has seven main public schools. The four K-4 elementary schools are Union School, West District School, Noah Wallace School, and East Farms School. The recently built West Woods Upper Elementary School houses all of grades 5-6 and features state of the art facilities. Irving A. Robbins Middle School houses grades 7-8. Farmington High School serves grades 9-12 for the entire town. In 2005, Farmington High School was ranked 125 on Newsweek Magazine's list of the best schools in the United States, in 2006 Farmington was ranked 269 and in 2007, 298.
The school system consists of three elementary schools, Louis Toffolon School, Frank T. Wheeler School, and Linden Street School.
There is one middle school serving grades 6-8, the Middle School of Plainville. The middle school adopts the same mascot and colors as the town high school, with the exception that they are sometimes known as the "Li'l Blue Devils."
Plainville High School is the town high school. The school mascot is the Blue Devil and the colors are blue and white, same as nearby Central Connecticut State University.
Plainville holds an annual Hot Air Balloon Festival at the end of August at Norton Park, gathering many of the townspeople together for fun-filled nights of games, music, and fireworks. The event is sponsored by Plainville Fire Company. However, wanting to improve the soccer fields with an irrigation system at Norton Park, the Plainville Town Council is planning to discontinue the Balloon Festival due to the fire trucks usually parking on the soccer fields. The town is to vote on the subject but no set date has been said by the council as of the end of July 2007.