Business View Magazine September 2018

70 71 COVENTRY, CONNECTICUT COVENTRY, CONNECTICUT AT A GLANCE COVENTRY, CONNECTICUT WHAT: A town of 13,000 WHERE: Tolland County, approximately 18 miles east of Hartford WEBSITE: QUIETLY SUSTAINABLE L ocated in Tolland County, in Northeast Connecticut’s “Quiet Corner,” Coven- try is a town of approximately 13,000 residents. Incorporated in 1712, the 37-square-mile town was named for Coven- try in Great Britain’s West Midlands section. Coventry has a rich history, including being the birthplace of Revolutionary War personage, Nathan Hale, Connecticut’s official state hero. By the mid-1800s, it was a thriving industrial village with thirteen water-powered mills and factories. Today’s Coventry is a mix of restaurants, herb farms and shops, antique and specialty shops, public beaches, a state boat launch on Lake Wangumbaug, parks, several cozy bed-and-break- fast inns, and a fewmuseums. One example is the Nathan Hale Home-