Located in the central corridor of the state about halfway between Hartford and New Haven, Durham is land rich boasting 23.8 square miles with only 6,600 people or so. This small town ranks among Connecticut Magazine's best small towns year after year. Residents love living near so many conveniences like shopping malls, grocery stores, and lots of great restaurants. But even better is having access to work and play without over-development in your backyard. Durham is hard to beat as a commuting hub with nearby I-91 and Rt. 9. From Durham, day trips to Boston and New York can be a reality and, as a bonus, you can drive to the beach in thirty minutes. Don't forget the exceptional schools nearby including Yale, Wesleyan, Quinnipiac, Trinity and UConn, to name a few.

City Close, Country Fresh


With two towns functioning as one in many ways, Durham is lucky to share a border with Middlefield, a true recreational crossroads. Middlefield is home to three golf courses, Powder Ridge ski area (newly renovated and opened in winter of 2013/2014), Lake Beseck, Wadsworth Falls, Lyman Orchards (offering a robust pick your own season from June through October and lots of seasonal events), and a skateboard park.


Regional School District 13 (RSD13) is beloved by all who live here. Families living in Durham and Middlefield can choose between two school programs working from the same rigorous curriculum standards. Depending on the needs and learning style of your child, students can enroll in either the Contemporary Program or the Integrated Day (ID) Program, both beginning with full day kindergarten. Our accredited regional high school has approximately 580 students and boasts a student ratio of 11:1, better than neighboring towns Guilford and Madison.


Dotted with antique homes, lovely Main Street is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and home to our quaint town Green, wonderful library, and renovated Town Hall. It's also the parade route for our festive Memorial Day Parade. Stop by our farmer's market held on the Green throughout the growing season on Thursday afternoons.


If you like hiking, mountain biking, and walking in the woods, there are more than enough options in town and nearby: Mattabesett Trail, Wadsworth Falls State Park, Millers Pond State Park, Cockaponset State Forest, Mica Ledges, Field Forest, and Mount Pisgah.


Held the last full weekend in September, the Durham Fair is the largest volunteer agricultural fair in the country. Since 1916 when Durham held its first fair on the Green, our fair has evolved into a 4-day extravaganza with something for everyone. The fair celebrates our agricultural roots, and defines a close-knit community steeped in volunteerism. Community groups depend on the fair as a vital fundraising platform for their organizations.


In Durham, you'll feel like you know everyone (and if you don't
know them, you'll know their face). It's hard to say why, but the people of Durham are uniquely compassionate and support each other in a variety of ways. For a small town, Durham has a surprising number of organizations for those who want to be involved. There are three churches, an activity center, town boards and commissions, and clubs for every interest. Top places to see someone you know: Lino's Italian Market, Durham Library, athletic fields, Perk on Main, or at one of the two fitness gyms on Main Street.

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Updated: 23rd March, 2019 5:13 AM.