Being located in the northern part of the state, the town of Suffield borders Massachusetts. Originally called Southfield, the town was a township of Massachusetts up to 1749. Its location predetermined it’s fisheries and shipbuilding so it became the main branches of Suffield’s economy. In the 19th century, the tobacco and cigar industry developed to a great extent and became the industry with the largest number of workers in the town.
Due to its geographical location, Suffield is an attractive place among tourists. The banks of the Connecticut River and the part of the Metacomet Ridge that runs through the town are famous destinations for outdoor activities.