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Voluntown is located in the extreme northeastern corner of New London County and is bounded on the North by Windham County, on the East by The State of Rhode Island, on the South by North Stonington and on the west by Griswold.  Voluntown consists of 39.8 square miles of land with a population of 2,528 people in 2000. 

Most of the land which makes up the present town of Voluntown was granted to the Volunteers of the Narragansett War in 1700, thus the name "Voluntown."

In 1705 the town was surveyed and boundaries were established. The plot was drawn up into lots, with each eligible volunteer receiving a lot. The land was rough terrain, although fertile soil, and was in a remote location.

The first settler of Voluntown was Samuel Fish, soon followed by John Gallup, John and Francis Smith, Robert Parke, Thomas Reynolds, Thomas Coles, John Campbell, John Safford, Obadiah Rhodes and Samuel Whaley. The first Congregational Church of Voluntown was established in 1720 upon the employment of a Reverend Wilson.

Voluntown is bordered by these towns:
N. Stonington | Griswold | Plainfield | Sterling
Kent Co. R.I. | Washington Co. R.I.

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