About Cornwall

The Greenest Town In CT

Cornwall is a town in Litchfield County, Connecticut, incorporated in May 1740. Named after the county of Cornwall in England, it is located on the Housatonic River in northwestern Connecticut and contains a portion of Mohawk State Forest. The early economy was based on farming, but iron, including two blast furnaces, gained importance in the nineteenth century, along with the supporting charcoal making industry. Famous as the site of the Cornwall’s Foreign Mission School and the Cream Hill Agricultural School, the town has also been called the “Home of the Covered Bridge,” in reference to the 1864 West Cornwall Covered Bridge that is still in service today. One of Connecticut’s smallest towns, Cornwall has remained a rural community.

1,420

Population 2010 Census

1740

Incorporated

46.3

Square Miles

Principal Communities

Cornwall has several distinct and historical villages to experience. West Cornwall is home to the historic Covered Bridge.

  • Cornwall Bridge
  • Cornwall Village
  • Cornwall Hollow
  • East Cornwall
  • West Cornwall

Notable People

“The mind, eager for caresses,
Lies down at its own risk in Cornwall”

~ Mark Van Doren

“The Hills of Little Cornwall”, a poem which the seductive beauties of the countryside were portrayed

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