Welcome to the Town of Chester, Connecticut, settled in 1692. Chester is a beautiful small rural town that has grown and adapted since its historic beginnings as a shipbuilding and mill town. Often described as quaint and unique, Chester has a picturesque Main Street with interesting architecture, elegant shops, art galleries, superior restaurants, and the world renowned Goodspeed Opera House’s local Norma Terris Theatre. Located on the hillside of the Connecticut River, we have a number of marinas, lakes, hidden streams, cascading waterfalls, thousands of acres of state forest, and hiking trails. We also have a Y.M.C.A. camp and small airport. We celebrate community, the outdoors, art, history, music, theater, crafts, cuisine and conversation. We cherish our small town way of life, striving to preserve it as we live fully embracing life in the 21st century.
Chester is a vibrant town full of creative people who welcome all to visit. With year round town-wide events, it is always a good time to come to Chester. Easy to get to by car, rail, air, or boat, we are just over 2 hours from both New York City and Boston. Come experience all Chester has to offer. You will want to stay longer than you planned.

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Scholarships are available!


Scholarships are available! If you are a graduating high school student and intend to further your education, please contact the following organizations for information and scholarship applications: Health Care Related.. read more



The Main Street Project Committee will conduct a second public informational meeting on the proposed draft construction plans for Main Street East roadway, sidewalk, curbing, drainage and landscape planting improvements… read more

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Notice of Request for Proposals – North Quarter Park Master Plan Design


The Town of Chester is requesting proposals from qualified firms or individuals for professional planning and landscape architecture services to design a master plan for North Quarter Park (NQP). The.. read more

2014 Household Hazardous Waste Collections and Paper Shredding Events


The Lower CT River Valley Council of Governments sponsors collection days for the towns of Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Lyme, Middlefield, Middletown, Old.. read more

Street Lighting Proposals by Chester’s Energy Task Force


The Chester Energy Task Force has made recommendations to the Board of Selectmen for reducing street lighting expenses.  It proposes maintaining lighting at intersections and critical areas, but reducing the.. read more

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