The town started its history as a part of Farmington and was mainly an agricultural community. Only in 1779, it was incorporated which caused a steep growth of the local industry. By the end of the 18th century, local manufacturers were involved in the brass industry, a button factory, sawmills, and potash works. A few decades later, in the mid-1800s Micah Rugg and Martin Barnes’ factory produced the first machine-made nuts and bolts which became a crucial part of local industry evolution. Nowadays Southington is an industrial, residential, and agricultural community. Also, the town is famous under its nickname “The Apple Valley” for a huge number of orchards that have an impact on the town’s landscape.