Harwinton is located in Litchfield County, in the north-central part of the state. Its unique name derives from the names of Hartford and Windsor. The town was incorporated in 1737. Harwinton’s early economy was based on agriculture and the light industry. The town was home to the lock-making firm of Edward Hopkins and Augustus Alfred. Later, the Hartford-Litchfield turnpike brang commerce and the flow of tourists to the town. Today, Harwinton retains its rural atmosphere which is probably the main reason it is considered one of the best places to live in Connecticut. Due to its location on the Naugatuck River banks, public hiking trails and wildlife, the town is a famous recreational spot.