Local Restaurants. A wide variety of restaurants may be found within a few miles of Chaplin Connecticut. Within five miles, there's the Pine Acres Family Restaurant in Chaplin, as well as Ruby Tuesday's, Subway, and Wendy's in North Windham.
Within ten miles, there's Papa Gino's and Applebee's in Willimantic, the General Store in Hampton, the Oriental Cafe and Angelino's Italian restaurant in Mansfield, as well as the Altnaveigh Inn and Chang's Garden in Storrs, and the Coriander Cafe & General Store in Eastford.
Fresh farm produce. Nearby farms include the Bats of Bedlam Maple Farm in Chaplin featuring locally produced maple products; Raspberry Knoll Farm in North Windham offering raspberries, blueberries, and fresh flowers; Crooke Orchards in Ashford offering fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers; Meadow Stone Farm in Brooklyn offering fresh goat's milk, Artisan cheeses, and honey; Lapsley Orchard in Pomfret Center known for its hay rides and fresh fruit, vegetables, and flowers; Creamery Brook Bison offering bison meat and free tours; Allen Hill Farm in Brooklyn offering Christmas trees and hay rides; and Buell's Orchard in Eastford known for fresh produce and a very popular Columbus Day festival. For more information on these farms and others, visit the Connecticut Farm Map in Internet Explorer.
Recreation. Four miles of the Natchaug river run down through the middle of Chaplin. It is Connecticut's cleanest river and is known for trophy trout, Class IV white-water rafting, and swimming at Diana's Pool. Chaplin also contains portions of the Natchaug State Forest, the James Goodwin State Forest, and the Joshua Land Trust with hiking trails in the Two Sisters Tract, the Bernard Church Woods, and the Hubbard Sanctuary. The 50-mile Airline State Park also winds through Chaplin.
Other activities within easy driving distance include camping at Lake Webster (17 miles), finding a thousand species of tropical plants at Logee's Greenhouses in Danielson (17 miles), visiting the Rhododendron Sanctuary in Voluntown (18 miles), strolling through Killingly's Cat Hollow (18 miles), enjoying New London's Ocean Beach (38 miles), and kite flying at Waterford's Harkness State Park (38 miles).
Sports and sporting events.Chaplin is 9 miles from Gampel Pavilion, the UCONN Huskies, and the Husky Heritage Sports Museum. Dodd Stadium and the Connecticut Tigers are within 20 miles. The Mohegan Sun Arena and WNBA Sun basketball are within 28 miles. The Norwich Ice Rink is 23 miles. New London and the Yale-Harvard regatta on the Thames river are within 34 miles.
Entertainment and cultural attractions. First-run movies are available at the Mansfield Movie Complex, the O’Neill Cinemas in Lisbon Landing, and the Mansfield Drive In. Live performances may be found at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre in Storrs, the Bradley Playhouse in Putnam, the Hartford Stage, the Bushnell, and the Spirit of Broadway in Norwich.
Nearby art museums include The Benton at UCONN, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, the New Britain Museum of American Art, and the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, which features plaster casts of great sculpture. The Mashantucket Pequot Museum provides a unique view of Eastern Connecticut's Native American heritage. Old Sturbridge Village is within 39 miles.
Schools. The Chaplin elementary school has a beautiful modern campus and low 9‑to‑1 teacher-student ratio. Chaplin's regional junior high / high school recently received a Connecticut Emerging Schools grant. The Mount Hope Montessori School is 5 miles from Chaplin, and the Pomfret School is within 15 miles.
Town services and statistics. Noteworthy services provided by the Town of Chaplin include a library, a spacious senior center, and a designated historical district that includes a Congregational church.
Chaplin has an unusually high fraction of married, college educated adults, has more males than females, and has relatively few senior citizens. Although median household income is essentially the same as in Connecticut generally, home prices are roughly 20% less than the Connecticut average, suggesting a housing market that is strongly biased towards buyers. Its 2,000 residents are noted for low residential turnover. Additional statistical data may be found at city-data.com.
History. Before Chaplin was a town, it was a biblical society, founded in 1822 with funds inherited from Deacon Benjamin Chaplin, an early settler. Over the years, Chaplin has supported the production of silk, paper, and calf-skin boots. Today, it is a quiet, rural, largely wooded area whose main industries are farming and logging.