West Hartford is located in central Connecticut adjacent to and west of the
City of Hartford, the state capital. Immediate neighboring towns are Bloomfield,
Newington, Farmington and Avon. West Hartford is approximately 100 miles
southwest of Boston and 100 miles northeast of New York City. Direct access to
Interstate 84 (east / west) is available with Interstate 91 (north / south) just
a few miles east.
The Town encompasses 22.2 square miles (14,080 acres) and has a population of
63,268 (2010 Census). West Hartford is a residential suburb of the Hartford
metropolitan area. There are 205 miles of accepted streets and 245 miles of
sidewalks in town. The highest point in town is 778 feet above sea level on
Talcott (Avon) Mountain. Altitude at Town Hall is 120 feet.
West Hartford was settled in 1679. The town was known as the West Division of
the City of Hartford until its incorporation in May 3, 1854 when it became West
The town has operated under a Council-Manager form of government since 1919.
West Hartford was the first towns in the state and one of the first in the
country to adopt this form of government where the council acts as the elected
policy board and the town manager serves as the chief executive officer
responsible for carrying out the policies of the council. All town council
members are volunteers and do not get paid for this service to their
The West Hartford Public School district has 11 elementary, three middle, and
two high schools. In addition there are ten private and parochial
schools, including elementary through high schools. Our higher learning centers
include the University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue; the University of
Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Avenue; and the University of Connecticut's School of
Social Work, 1798 Asylum Avenue.
West Hartford has wonderful public recreation areas including two municipal
golf courses, Rockledge Golf Club (18 holes) and Buena Vista Golf Course (nine
holes); indoor Veterans Memorial Skating Rink; two indoor pools at Cornerstone
Aquatics Center, and four outdoor pools at Fernridge, Beachland, Eisenhower and
Kennedy parks; six public parks, the three mentioned and Wolcott Park. As well
as Westmoor Park, an educational environmental demonstration farm. There are
two active senior centers, Elmwood Senior Center located at Elmwood Community
Center, 1106 New Britain Avenue; West Hartford Senior Center located at 15
There are three public libraries. The Noah Webster Library (Main Library), 20
South Main Street; Julia Faxon Branch, 1073 New Britain Avenue; Bishop's Corner
Branch, 15 Starkel Road.
The Police Department is located at 103 Raymond Road. The Fire Department,
located at 95 Raymond Road, has eight firefighting apparatus located at five
fire stations throughout the town on Brace Road in the Center; on Prospect
Avenue; on Berkshire Road; on Albany Avenue; and on New Britain Avenue. The Fire Department provides advanced paramedic services. Ambulance is provided by a private ambulance service.
The town offers weekly refuse and recycling collection services and special
collections throughout the year.
West Hartford has 32 places to worship: seven Catholic, nine Jewish, and 16
There are five ZIP codes: 06107 (generally, Center area and west of Trout
Brook Drive); 06110 (generally, Elmwood area, southeast and southwest quadrants
of town); 06117 (generally, Bishops Corner area, northeast and northwest
quadrants of town); 06119 (generally, easterly and central area from Trout Brook
east to Prospect Avenue.)
While there are no hospitals in West Hartford there are three medical centers
in the adjoining towns. St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center and Hartford
Hospital are located in Hartford, CT and the University of Connecticut Health
Center is located in Farmington.
Features and Landmarks
Metropolitan District Reservoirs, totaling 2,000 acres of undeveloped land
with trails and walks, are located on Farmington Avenue, west of the Center, and
on Albany Avenue, west of Bishops Corner. Spicebush Swamp on Mountain Road is a
nature preserve, and Westmoor Park on Flagg Road, provides nature walks and a
farm environment with farm animals particularly attractive to children. There
are many brooks and several small pocket parks in town, as well as a marked
bicycle trail. Several old homes dating to early colonial times are in town,
privately owned. The Sarah Whitman Hooker House and the Noah Webster House are
public facilities operated by non-profit groups. The Noah Webster Foundation and
West Hartford Historical Society are located at the Noah Webster House, 227
South Main Street. The Hooker House, a Revolutionary War inn, is located on New
Britain Avenue just east of South Main Street.
The Town Council has appointed both a Historic District Commission and an
Architectural Heritage Committee which placed historic markers at several sites
throughout town commemorating West Hartford's long history. The Historic
District Commission has established three historic districts in West Hartford
under state statute, celebrating their historic and architectural significance:
Buena Vista, Boulevard and West Hill. For more information concerning the town
and its ordinances or history, please call or contact the Town Clerk at (860)
561-7430, at Town Hall.
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