Colchester is a convenient and pleasant place to live because of its central location and rural setting. The housing around town ranges from gracious older residences to beautiful new homes.
The town was founded in 1698 and the official adoption of the name Colchester occurred in 1699. Soon after the first Hartford-New London turnpike was opened in 1800 the town of Colchester became a nucleus of local throughways. The roads led to an influx of industry including manufacturers of paper and textiles. Colchester has several lakes and recreational areas including Gardner Lake, Pickerel Lake, Day Pond State Park, Salmon River State and Air Line State Park Trail. It was the first town to be certified with the National Wildlife Federation as community Wildlife Habitat. Colchester is also home to Priam Vineyards, several restaurants including Harry's Place, a historic drive-in restaurant. Colchester has a well-performing school system with two elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and several private schools. Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun casinos are only a short drive away.