Visiting in Lisbon
The Town of Lisbon, incorporated in 1786, offers visitors the opportunity to experience the uniqueness of the first railroad tunnel in America, circa 1837, a museum of local and regional history, the Anshei Israel Synagogue which is listed on the National Register of Historical Places, the Newent Congregational Church, as well as parks and recreational areas all within easy driving from area hotels or for those seeking quiet, rural accommodations, one of the locally owned and operated B & Bs or at either of two campgrounds.
Located between the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers, Lisbon is included in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor (designated by Congress in 1994). In 1991, by Public Act No. 87-250, the Commissioner of Transportation designated the 32.10 miles of road from the intersection of Rocky Hollow Road and Route 169 to the Massachusetts border as a “scenic road” which is well know for its spectacular year round views.
The public has access to the Shetucket River, via a boat launch, for boating and fishing activities as well as to 59 acres of land just off from South Burnham Highway (Route 169) which includes baseball and soccer fields, walking trails as well as accommodations for picnics and small gatherings.
Lisbon has two large scale retail developments (Lisbon Landing and Crossing at Lisbon) located on River Road (Route 12), which include home improvement stores, restaurants, a theater, two large retail stores as well as smaller stores located in the town’s commercial corridor. A number of locally owned business and restaurants are scattered along River Road as well as throughout the community that sell antiques, dairy and meat products, berries and vegetables and some providing services such as medical, physical therapy, travel, auto repair, hair dressing, upholstering, dog training and stables.
While the town is only sixteen square miles, its recreation and historic sites, bucolic setting, shopping and dining offer visitors a variety of opportunities to explore, shop, or just relax and enjoy.