Facts About Ashford

  • Located 28 miles from Connecticut's capital city of Hartford, Ashford is five miles from the state's border with Massachusetts, 66 miles to Boston, 39 miles to Providence and 125 miles to New York City.

  • Ashford is bisected by Interstate 84, a major thruway between New York and Boston and points north. I-84 carries close to 50,000 cars per week through Ashford.

  • Much of Ashford's commercial business is located along Routes. 74 and 44. These sites experience more than 10,500 cars a day in traffic counts. Rte. 89 carries 2,500 cars each day.

  • Within just eight miles of the University of Connecticut in Storrs and eighteen miles to Eastern Connecticut State University, Ashford benefits from proximity to these highly-regarded secondary schools. In addition, Manchester Community College and Quinnebaug Valley Community College (2 sites) colleges are within a 30-mile drive.
  • Ashford is within 50 miles of two major airports: Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT and T.F. Greene south of Providence, RI. Local airfields less than 20 miles away are located in Windham and Ellington.

  • Ashford recently enhanced its municipal facilities with the building of a new town offices and expansion of the public library completed in 2005 and 2006. The community also supported the Ashford Volunteer Fire Department in building a new public safety facility in 2004.

  • At 38.8 square miles, Ashford is predominantly hilly and forested, although many agricultural areas are still productive. About 10% of its land is permanently protected from development.

  • About 85% of Ashford is open space, enhancing its natural beauty. Major tracts are functionally used for recreational and educational use by Yale School of Forestry and several camps. Click here to learn about Ashford's notable places and features.

Ashford's new firehouse and safety complex
Knowlton Memorial Hall and Babcock Library