Durham, CT

Durham, CT was incorporated in 1708. The settlement was named after Durham, England. It took land from Guilford and Haddam. Durham has one of the first public libraries in the United States. It was founded in 1733, two years after Benjamin Franklin started the Philadelphia Library. Moses Austin who, along with his son Stephen F. Austin, began the settlement of Spanish and Mexican Texas by Anglo-Americans, was born in Durham in 1761. In the 1830s Durham came to prominence as the birthplace of Richard P. Robinson, who was tried for and acquitted of the infamous murder of Helen Jewett.

Today, Durham, CT, is a small-town with a big sense of community and connection with neighbors. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy such as fishing, hiking, and camping. The crime rate is low, making it a very safe place to live and raise a family. Durham is also conveniently located near major cities like New Haven and Hartford, providing plenty of job opportunities for those seeking employment. Local businesses offer excellent restaurants, shopping choices, and entertainment venues that appeal to all types of people and ages. Overall, Durham offers an ideal blend of peaceful small-town living while still being close enough to larger metropolitan areas to offer the conveniences they provide. Capital city - North-central Connecticut along the Connecticut River, 40 miles from the Long Island Sound.

Places to Visit:

  • Miller Tree Farm
  • Herzig Family Tree Farm
  • Soulshine Salt Cavern
  • Millers Pond State Park
  • Tri-Mountain State Park
  • Dumas Tree Farm


    Durham, CT has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures averaging in the upper 70s while winters are cold and snowy with temperatures in the mid-20s at night. Spring and autumn bring mild weather, with plenty of rainfall throughout the year. Durham sees an average of 48 inches of rain annually, making it one of the wettest places in Connecticut. Winters are generally colder than nearby coastal areas due to its inland location. Snowfall is common during winter months and can range from light dustings to large snowstorms.