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Manchester, CT

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The first white settlers established homes in Manchester in 1627, and the community steadily grew for more than two centuries. It was the success of the Cheney Brothers silk manufacturing company, founded in 1838, that drove Manchester's period of rapid growth and prosperity. By 1900, nearly a quarter of the city's population was employed by Cheney Brothers. This history informs modern civic pride as does the involvement in Manchester citizens in every major military conflict dating to the Revolutionary War.

Getting Around in Manchester, CT

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The average commuter time in Manchester is:
20 to 24 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 7.6%
  • 14.77%
  • 2.6%

Pride Week

Manchester's week-long civic pride and heritage festival fills seven days and nights in early June with community activities for all ages. Free concerts in the city's parks, street fairs, cookouts, historical site tours, and free and discount admission to city museums are just a few of the events that pack the agenda during Pride Week. Manchester Heritage Day, the last Saturday of the week-long fest, is usually the busiest, with activities scheduled throughout the city and all day long, including the Hometown Heroes ceremony and reception, which honor local men and women who have served in the armed forces.

Cheney Brothers Histo

Manchester still has more than 270 buildings that were constructed during the period when Cheney Brothers dominated the American silk industry, including the original Cheney family homestead, more than a dozen mansions, and hundreds of employee residences, churches, schools, and other facilities, all dating from the mid-18th to the early 20th centuries. Covering 175 acres, the Cheney Brother's Historic District was named a National Historic Landmark in 1978. Self-guided walking tours of these historic sites are an option at any time, but periodic tours from the Manchester Historical Society are also available.