Visit the Burlington Chamber of Commerce’s website for more information on the Chamber.
The Town of Burlington is a picturesque community nestled in the foothills of the Berkshires, boasting gentle rolling hills and pristine woodlands. Founded in 1806, Burlington is a residential community with a population of 9,300 and a land area of 30 square miles that stretches from the Farmington River to the 1,100-foot high Johnnycake Mountain. It includes Lake Garda, a man-made residential lake, and the village of Whigville. With plenty of open space and a traditional town center, it is easy to see why Burlington is one of the fastest growing towns in the state.
The town currently has 3,300 housing units with a median sale price of $330,000. The median household income is $119,600. Burlington's form of government is a Board of Selectmen that includes an elected First Selectman and four additional elected Board members.
Burlington was voted the #1 Small Town to Live In [Hartford Magazine, 2012] and ranked as one of the Top Towns to Live In [Connecticut Magazine, 2010].
Burlington’s Economic Development Commission continues to work on improving the infrastructure of our central business district. The recently completed water line extension project will encourage new small businesses to locate here as well as help existing businesses be more viable. Extending the water line to our senior housing facility will improve water service as well as provide better resources for our Volunteer Fire Department, which is adjacent to the facility.
Our central business district offers the newly-renovated Cumberland Farms, Dunkin Donuts, CVS, Casual Coverings paint and hardware, Farmington Bank and Torrington Savings Bank, as well as Subway, Cassille’s, KC Dubliners, Sorento’s Pizza, and Sabrina’s restaurants. Route 4 serves as the main throughway for the area linking towns to Connecticut cities. Burlington is centrally located within a seven-town area, nine miles from Route 84 and Route 8.
In the town center, a 9,000 square-foot public library provides a variety of services to groups and individuals of all ages. In addition to books, library card holders can also check out DVDs, CDs, Leap Pad kits, online continuing education courses, and passes to 16 museums and attractions. There are many activities available at the library including book clubs, story time, movie showings, historical lectures, and knitting classes. The library offers downloadable books and other online services as well.
The town owns a 24-unit senior housing project called the Evergreens at Thompson’s Way, which currently consists of five buildings boasting many amenities. The fully occupied complex is set on eight acres of picturesque land in the center of Burlington and is well supported by town services. Burlington also offers a recently completed over-55 housing subdivision on Johnnycake Mountain, and continues to work on strong growth in the overall housing market.
Burlington is part of Regional School District #10 with the Town of Harwinton. Region 10 has an enrollment of 2,800 attending Lake Garda Elementary School, Harwinton Consolidated School, Har-Bur Middle School, and Lewis S. Mills High School. Lewis Mills recently underwent a successful review as part of the NEASC accreditation process and was listed as One of the Top Public High Schools in Connecticut [Connecticut Magazine]. Burlington students continue to score in the top tier in the state in mastery testing. The high level of education provided in all the schools results in 81% of graduating students moving on to pursue a college education.
The town’s “Tavern Day” is held each year in September and is attended by hundreds of townspeople. It showcases businesses, crafters, a large car show, a food court of local restaurants and the Browne Elton Tavern.
Burlington has four recreational areas: Foote Road Recreation Complex, which has a water-front; Malerbo Recreation Complex, with little league, softball and soccer fields; Nassahegan Recreation Complex, with little league fields and a lighting system for the occasional evening games; and the newly opened Municipal Tennis Courts. The Farmington River Trail, which was recently completed in Burlington, reveals the beauty of the Farmington River as it takes visitors across the entire length of Burlington, from Collinsville to Unionville.
Burlington is also home to “Devil’s Kitchen,” “Tory’s Den,” the Burlington Falls passive recreation areas, and the ever-popular Burlington Fish Hatchery. Three water companies and the State of Connecticut own forty-eight percent of Burlington. This will help to maintain Burlington’s rural character for generations.
Burlington is an attractive, suburban community with residential areas scattered between large pockets of watershed-protected land. It’s a beautiful place to be.
Visit the town’s website at http://burlingtonct.us/ for more information.