The Town of Wolcott, originally known as Farmingbury, was founded in 1796 and is named after Governor Oliver Wolcott, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the Town’s incorporation. Wolcott is a residential community with a land area of 21.6 square miles and a population of approximately 16,200. We are located in northern New Haven County, and are a short ride to either Hartford or New Haven.
Among Wolcott’s most famous residents are Seth Thomas, who made his first clock in Wolcott and Amos Bronson Alcott, an educator philosopher, and poet whose equally famous daughter, Louisa May Alcott, was the author of Little Women.
Wolcott has 5 schools; 3 elementary, 1 middle school and 1 high school. We have a newly constructed Youth Center and Sports Complex. Our other recreational areas include Woodtick Recreational Area, Farmingbury Hills Golf Course and Peterson Park. Wolcott has 5 large bodies of water; most of the lakes/reservoirs are now privately owned by residential communities, but Woodtick Recreational Area is Town-owned and open to the public.
Wolcott also marks the beginning of the Mattatuck Trail, one of Connecticut’s finest hiking trails. This 35 mile trail extends in a northwesternly direction from Wolcott to Mohawk Mountain in the Town of Cornwall, where it joins the Appalachian Trail.
Wolcott is home to many types of businesses. We have many small manufacturing-based businesses, 2 large grocery stores as well as restaurants and a variety of small convenience stores.
Wolcott has a mayor/town council form of government. It has a full-time Police Department, 3 Volunteer Fire Departments and an Ambulance service. The Town operates a senior bus transportation service and we have a very active Senior Center that operates nutrition, health screening and recreational programs for our Senior population.
To view or print a street map of Wolcott, click here. Full-size maps are available in the Wolcott Town Clerk’s office.