Killingly is a town with just over 17,000 people and encompasses 50 square miles in northeastern Connecticut. It consists of the borough of Danielson and the villages of Attawaugan, Ballouville, Dayville, East Killingly, Rogers and South Killingly. Founded in 1708, Killinlgy is home to several locations on the National Register of Historic Places including the Main and Broad Street Historic Districts and the old Killingly High School. Killingly was home to Charles Tiffany, owner of Tiffany and Company and Mary Kies the first woman in the United States to receive a patent. Killingly has a Family Resource Center & Preschool, two elementary schools, a middle school, a high school and is home to a vocational technical school and a community college. Major employers include Frito Lay, Spirol International, Automatic Rolls, United Natural Foods, Rite Aid, and Staples.
Plainfield is a town with just under 16,000 people and encompasses 42 square miles in northeastern Connecticut. It consists of the villages of Plainfield, Moosup, Wauregan and Central Village. Founded in 1699, Plainfield is home to the Central Village Historic District and a rich industrial history with many mills that were powered by the Quinebaug River and a transportation system that connected four rail lines in town. Plainfield has three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. Major employers include C&M Corporation, Lowe’s, Staples and Brookwood Laminating.
Putnam is a town with 9,500 people in 20 square miles. Putnam prides itself on being the heart of northeastern Connecticut and is home to WINY Radio. Putnam was created from sections of Killinlgy, Pomfret and Thompson and has a rich industrial history. It was home to former Connecticut Governor John Dempsey and children’s author Gertrude Warner. In 1955, the town was devastated by floods and at the end of the twentieth century began enjoying an economic and cultural renaissance. Putnam has an elementary school, a middle school and a high school and is home to the Putnam Science Academy and the Tri-Christian Academy. Major employers include Day Kimball Healthcare, Walmart, Staples and Price Chopper.
Sterling is a town with almost 4,000 residents and covers 27 square miles in northeastern Connecticut. It consists of Sterling, Oneco and Ekonk Hill. It was founded in 1794, is the birthplace of Charles Dow founder of Dow Jones & Company and is home to the Dorrance Inn, which is on the national register of historic places. Sterling has a rich agricultural history that continues to this day. Sterling has one school, the Sterling Community School, which is also the number one employer. Other employers include Sterling Foster Pharmaceutical and Re-Energy Sterling.
Thompson is a town of almost 10,000 residents and covers 48 square miles. The town was named for Sir Robert Thompson and is home to Thompson Speedway Motorsports park, the highest-banked racetrack in New England. The town is composed of 10 villages including East & West Thompson, Thompson Hill, Fabyan, Grosvenordale, North Grosvenordale, Mechanicsville, Quaddick, Quinebaug, Wilsonville. Thompson has a k-12 public school system.