Located on the Connecticut border, Southbridge is a 20.9 square mile city of 16,700 residents. Once home to the Nipmuck and Mohegan tribes, colonists settled Southbridge beginning in 1730, and Southbridge was incorporated in 1816. Southbridge was known for being home to multiple optical supply factories. These days, residents enjoy the Westville Lake Recreation Area with its swimming, fields, and courts. Culture can be enjoyed with the robust programming of the Quinebaug Valley Council of Arts and Humanities.
Southbridge is crossed by the Quinebaug River and Routes 131, 169, and 198. Southbridge borders Sturbridge, Charlton, Dudley, Woodstock (CT), and EAstford (CT).