St. Albans is located in Simsbury, CT, a beautiful community of roughly 8300 households northwest of Hartford CT nestled between two north-south oriented ridgelines that define the Farmington River Valley. As a result of being in the river valley, the town was primarily an agricultural community until the late 1960s when it started to attract suburban commuters. While a residential community today, the town still has many features of its agricultural past including working family farms and abundant protected open space.
Simsbury today is home to the summer venue of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Known as Simsbury Meadows, when the facility is not in use by the symphony, it is a destination for numerous other musical artists and draws attendees from a wide area of greater-Hartford.
The natural features of the town are exceptional and draw people from surrounding communities to take advantage of the canoeing, fishing, hiking, and bicycling that the largely-protected ridgelines and Farmington River provide. The Simsbury Land Trust (1000+ acres), McLean Wildlife Refuge (5000+ acres), Ethel Walker School conservation area (200+ acres) as well as town and state-protected areas provide abundant recreational opportunities for those seeking a peaceful venue to hike, bird-watch, cross country ski or just relax.
St Albans Church itself is located on a twelve acre campus adjacent to the Ethel Walker conservation area which affords opportunities for peaceful meditation and is used by the church for hayrides and other recreational activities.
The town’s school system is excellent and Simsbury High School was ranked eleventh among public high schools in Connecticut by US News and World Report in 2014. In addition to its fine public schools, the community also is host to a number of well-respected private schools including The Westminster School (9-12), The Ethel Walker School (7-12), The Cobb School, Montessori (K – 8), and The Masters School (1-12).
The town is located just a half hour from Hartford, CT and 20 minutes from Bradley International Airport and as a result attracts families who value the quality of life that results from the bucolic-character of the community but the convenience of living close to a major metropolitan area.