Chester Connecticut - Merchants of Chester consisit of Artist Galleries Unique Boutiques fine Restaurants Theater playhouses Inns Connecticut River views


Chester Center under The Porch with The Pattaconk 1850
oil 24 x 24 inches
Leif Nilsson autumn 2011 ©

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A unique town that holds
the past, present and future
in delightful balance.
Keeping Peace in the Valley!

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Unwind in a unique town that celebrates art, history, music, theatre, craft, cuisine, community and conversation in the magnificent Connecticut River Valley.

Chester Connecticut, first settled in 1692, is an historic New England mill town and shipbuilding community that honors its heritage while offering the culture and sophisticated amenities of the 21st Century.

It’s winding and crooked Main Street, about one city block in length, is lined with antique and vernacular 19th century buildings that house the town’s wide array of art galleries, elegant shops, boutiques, award-winning restaurants and the internationally renowned Goodspeed-at-Chester, The Norma Terris Theatre. Farther a field are marinas, the oldest continually running river ferry in the state, swimming lakes, hiking trails, an airport, a YMCA camp, and thousands of acres of state forest. Chester’s natural beauty and charming architecture has long inspired its many artists and residents, and has attracted visitors worldwide.

Chester is located on the west bank of the glorious Connecticut River, ten miles from Long Island Sound. We're easy to get to by car, rail, air or boat and are a short two hour drive from both New York City and Boston.

Listed on our website are some not-to-be-missed town-wide events, including our festive Friday night Art Gallery & Shop Opening Receptions & Stroll with new exhibits, locally made handcrafted gifts, and special restaurant menus. Visit our website often for updates on these special times to be here.



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