Tolland — Natural Features
Extracted from "History of the Connecticut Valley in Massachusetts, Volume II," by Louis H. Everts, 1879.
The surface of the town is almost wholly mountainous, although here and there are fertile valleys. The soil is generally stony, with small tracts of clay and sandy loam. Farmington River, a mill-stream of considerable value, washes the western border, and there are besides several mountain-streams, which are utilized for milling and other purposes. Noyes' Pond, near the centre, is the source of Hubbard's River, and is famous as a fine fishing-ground, pickerel of large size and excellent quality being the chief catch. The elevation upon which stands the church at Tolland Centre is said to be the highest eminence in the region lying between the Connecticut and Housatonic Rivers. Woodland is plentiful, and, of the great variety of timber, hemlock, oak, ash, and chestnut are the most abundant. In common with the mountainous towns of Western Massachusetts, Tolland is rich in natural scenery of the picturesquely-rugged sort, and is much visited by tourists, especially in the autumn.