The town of Ashford is in northern Connecticut and has a population of approximately 4,500, which is an increase of nine percent between 2000 and 2010. Located in Windham County near the Connecticut-Massachusetts border, Ashford is also approximately 40 miles from the Long Island Sound. People looking for Ashford apartments for rent will find a quaint town that encompasses 39.5 square miles of natural beauty.
Ashford was incorporated in 1714. It began as a rural, agricultural community and has maintained its small-town charm while slowly expanding into a suburban haven. Many of its early structures have been preserved and serve as a reminder of its humble beginnings. One example is Knowlton Memorial Hall, which was constructed in 1923 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Other features in modern-day Ashford - such as its pristine rivers and old road layout - are also nods to the town's past.
The town's most common industries are educational services, construction and public administration. The county offers many employment opportunities such as Frito-Lay Inc., Day Kimball Healthcare and C&M Corp, and residents who commute have an average travel time of 30 minutes. Residents who live in Ashford rentals enjoy close proximity to Windham Airport, the Babcock Library and several institutes of higher education within 25 miles, including the University of Connecticut and Manchester Community College.
Residents enjoy annual community-focused events such as the Ashford Farmer's Market. Lovers of the outdoors take advantage of all that is offered in the area's local parks, such as Natchaug State Forest, which encompasses horse trails, fishing and picnic sites. Ashford is also home to one of the largest scout reservations in the United States, the J.N. Webster Scout Reservation, which recently celebrated its 50th season. When residents want the feel of a bigger city, they can travel approximately 22 miles to Manchester, Conn., or 81 miles to Boston.
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