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Originally part of the long, narrow area called Voluntown, the northern section separated and obtained town privileges from the Connecticut General Assembly on the Second Thursday of May, 1794.  The name given was that of a temporary resident, Dr. John Sterling, who had promised the town a library in return for the honor.  Dr. Sterling failed to make good on his promise, but a library was obtained by soliciting private donations.

The first Town Meeting was held on June 9, 1794, at a home on Sterling Hill.  The first post office was established at Sterling Hill on October 1, 1809.  The American Manufacturing Company, also known as Potter’s Factory, was the first cotton mill in Sterling.  It was situated on Quandock River about the year 1800.  The Sterling Manufacturing Company, located on the Moosup River, was established in 1808.

Throughout its history, Sterling’s economy has developed around two primary industries – farming and manufacturing.  The agricultural industry still thrives in Sterling today.  Unfortunately, the manufacturing industry in Sterling suffered a major setback in March 1980 when the Revere Textile Company plant was completely destroyed by fire.  This conflagration did more than destroy buildings, it destroyed the economic heart of a thriving community.  Almost two hundred jobs were lost due to this fire.  However, Sterling, like the mythological Phoenix, shall rise from the ashes to its former position as a thriving community.  The development of the Town of Sterling Industrial Park was the first step to that rise.

Zip: 06377
Incorporated: 1794
Area: 27.2 square miles
Population: (current) 2640
Form of Government: Board of Selectmen / Town Meeting
Mill Rate: 21
Animal Control Officer 564-5796
Assessor’s Office 564-3030
Building Inspector 564-2275
Development Office 564-4752
Fire Departments:




Fire Marshal (401) 397-2313
Probate Court Office 564-8488
Public Library 564-2692
Registrar of Voters 564-2654
Resident State Trooper 564-7896
Selectmen’s Office 564-2904
Senior Citezens Center 564-2766
State Police (Troop D) (800) 954-8828
Sterling Fire District – Tax Collector 564-0048
Tax Collector 564-7563
Town Clerk 564-2657
Treasurer’s Office 564-2904
Welfare Department 564-8488
Sterling Memorial School 564-2728