Coventry : Connecticut

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What it's Like to Retire in Coventry

Located in northeast Connecticut, and known as the birthplace of Nathan Hale, Coventry is a small town incorporated in 1712, and is made up of historic sites, farms, and outdoor recreation as it is also home to Lake Wangumbaug. Captain Nathan Hale, an American Patriot who was a spy for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, is famous for his speech before he was hung by the British, stating his only regret was that he had but one life to give for his country. The town of Coventry, and the state of Connecticut honor him as the state’s hero and the Nathan Hale Homestead has visitors from around the world. Patriots Park, on Lake Wangubaug, and the town’s cemetery are also named in his honor. Coventry has a population of approximately 12,500 and is located just a few miles from the University of Connecticut. Photo of Nathan Hale Homestead courtesy of Wikipedia and Sphilbrick; photo of Brigham’s Tavern, one of the town’s oldest buildings and now a private residence, courtesy of Wikipedia and John Phelan; photo of Memorial to American Revolutionary War Soldier Captain Nathan Hale courtesy of Wikipedia and Jerry Dougherty.
 

Where to Retire in Coventry and Home Prices

Coventry offers a variety of housing options with a choice of developments, victorian homes, farms, and lakefront properties. Zillow reports the median home value in late 2018 was $220,700. (There are active adult communities here, see link at left.)
 

What is special about Coventry

Coventry is a small town that takes pride in its history and has several sites on the National Register of Historic Places. Lake Wangumbaug, also known as Coventry Lake, provides public beaches and a state boat launch, and in the winter offers ice skating and ice fishing. The town is also home to Herb Farms and is considered a herbal mecca, and hosts one of the largest Farmers Market in Connecticut. The University of Connecticut is nearby for sporting and cultural events.
 

What is not special about Coventry

The state of Connecticut is known for its high taxes, and winters are long and cold.
 

Who will like retirement in Coventry

Those looking to retire in a small, historic town close to a University may enjoy living in Coventry. The town has a great library, a lake with a beach and boat launch, and a very active Senior Center that offers a variety of social, educational, and wellness programs.
 

Local economy is driven by

The diverse economy is driven by manufacturing, retail, construction, and professional services.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is 28 degrees and July's average is temperature is 72 degrees. Coventry averages 34 inches of snow during the winter months.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Coventry has several restaurants, parks, museums, and events; there are many places listed on the National Register of Historic Places here including The Hale Homestead which host several annual events and performances by the Nathan Hale Ancient Fife and Drum; the town also boasts antique shops, galleries, and a popular old general store; The University of Connecticut is only about 5 miles away for cultural events and Hartford is approximately 20 miles away for more cultural venues.
 

Crime

The crime rate in Coventry is very low.
 

Medical facilities

There is a hospital in Willimantic, about 8 miles away, and there are several medical facilities in Hartford, about 20 miles away.
 

Transportation

The nearest International airport is in Hartford, about 35 miles away.
 

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