Just a Quirk of Geography
There are two towns in Connecticut that border 8 other Connecticut towns. One is Shelton, though several of its border towns are “across” the Housatonic River. Shelton’s border towns are Monroe, Oxford, Seymour, Derby, Orange, Milford, Stratford, and Trumbull.
However, the other eight border town has eight land-bordering towns. And of course, you now know that town is… Ellington. But can you name all eight?
I think this makes the Tolland County cow-town rather unique in our little state of 168 other towns. Especially considering Ellington’s weird panhandle – which is a big reason why it borders so many towns.
Why write a CTMQ page about this? And not the town that borders only one Connecticut town (Greenwich)? Or the one that borders only two? (Thompson?) I don’t know. There’s not a whole heckuva lot going on up in Ellington, and as a geography/map nerd, I rather enjoy this sort of thing.
And since you just read down to this sentence, I’m guessing you do too. At least a little bit? Maybe?
Answer: Enfield, Somers, Stafford, Willington, Tolland, Vernon, South Windsor, East Windsor. Nailed it.