The city of Hartford use to span across the areas of East Hartford, West Hartford, and Manchester. East Hartford CT was founded in 1783 when that large area known as Hartford divided. Even then East Hartford was part of the area currently known as Manchester and divided once again in 1823 when Manchester became an official town.
East Hartford is home to many businesses, offices, medical centers and car dealerships while the town as a whole many wooded parks, dining and shopping.
Nature lovers rejoice! East Hartford has many parks such as East River Drive (sculpted along the Connecticut River), Elizabeth Shea Park, Hockanum Park, Nicholas Forum Park, Milbrook & Goodwin Playgrounds, Dr Richard E Gorman Park, and Wickham Park (which one-half is located in East Hartford and the other in Manchester).
Plenty of local dining in town, Carl’s Barbeque & Jerk, Pho 501, Nolita Ristorante, Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, Savvi’s Pizza Restaurant, Augie & Ray’s Drive In and Capa di Roma, just to name a few. East Hartford houses plenty of shopping venues such as Charter Oak Mall, Cabela’s, Burlington Coat Factory, and Putnam Bridge Plaza. Also there is almost every known brand name chain store within town.
The East Hartford Historical Society, founded in 1964 with the mission statement “instill into the townspeople of East Hartford a sense of the history of the town and to preserve for them this history, including physical properties remaining and the records of the past in the memories of the older citizens”.