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About Berlin, CT

Berlin, CT SealIn 1659, Sergeant Richard Beckley purchased 300 acres from the Mattabasset Indians to become the first settler in what was to become Berlin. Other families followed in 1686 from Farmington to begin the first settlement on Christian Lane. In 1785 the Town was incorporated and was renamed Berlin (known as Kensington on the west side and Worthington on the east side; New Britain was part of Berlin until 1850)

In the middle of the 18th century, emigrants from Ireland set up the first winware business, pedaling their wares from house to house. Therefore Berlin became the birth place of “The Yankee Peddler.” In 1886, the State Legislature granted a charter for what became the Berlin Fair to be held annually in the first weekend in October. The Town Council–Town Manager form of government was instituted with a charter revision in 1995-96.

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Essential Information & Contacts:

  • Town Hall: 240 Kensington Rd., Berlin
  • Population: 19,694
  • Form of Government: Town Council-Town Manager
  • Town Website: http://www.town.berlin.ct.us/
  • Town Manager: Denise M. McNair, 860.828.7003
  • Mayor: Rachel Rochette, 860.828.7003
  • Town Clerk: Kathryn J. Wall, 860.828.7036
  • Economic Development Office: Chris Edge, Director, 860.828.7005
  • Police Department: Chief Paul D. Fitzgerald, 860.828.7080
  • Fire Marshall: Steve Waznia, 860.828.7053
  • Electric Company: Eversource, 800.286.2000
  • Gas Company: Connecticut Natural Gas, 860.727.3000 (General Number)
  • Housing Authority: Marjorie Moore Village, 860.828.4500
  • Cable Company: Comcast by Xfinity, 800.934.6489
  • Board of Education: Superintendent Mr. David Erwin, 860.828.6581, http://www.berlinschools.org/
  • Berlin-Peck Memorial Library: 234 Kensington Rd., Berlin, 860.828.7125
  • Berlin Senior Center: Tina Doyle, Director, 33 Colonial Drive, 860.828.7006

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Find extensive demographic information through CERC (Connecticut Economic Resource Center)’s Town Profiles.