Avon was settled in 1645 as a part of Farmington. The town is located in the Farmington Valley, near the Talcott Mountain range. In its early years, Avon was known as Nod and then Northington. In 1825, the Farmington Canal was opened, which had a huge impact on the town’s industry. The town’s economy rising in its turn led to the town’s separation in 1830. However, at the beginning of the 20th century, Avon became a suburban enclave due to the failure of economic growth. Yung Wing, the first Chinese student to graduate from an American university in 1854, is among the town’s famous residents.