About Middletown Magazine

Middletown Magazine is the premier publication for the Forest City, showcasing its people, history and scenic landscape. Once a busy sailing port and industrial center, Middletown is now a great place to meet family and friends to dine and enjoy the culture!

About Middletown, CT

Middletown was incorporated in 1651, originally called “Mattabesett” for the Mattabesett Native Americans. The General Court of Connecticut renamed it Middletown in 1653 because the area is located approximately halfway between Windsor and Saybrook.

Middletown was the largest, most prosperous settlement in the Nutmeg State during the American Revolution, with about one-third of residents working in merchant and maritime activities. Today, the economy has diversified to include agriculture and the manufacturing of airplane engines and chemicals.

Over 3,000 students attend Wesleyan College each year, a private liberal arts university established in 1831. Two National Historic Landmark buildings are on campus: the Samuel Wadsworth Russell House and the Alsop House.

According to rankings released by Niche.com, Middletown is one of the best places to live in Connecticut! Residents and visitors frequent the Wadsworth Falls State Park, Harbor Park, Metacomet Ridge, including Higby Mountain and Lamentation Mountain, the Mattabesett Trail and a variety of craft breweries.