in 1863, four men - two brothers from hartford, one man from new york city, and one man from london - were brought together during a poker game. by the end of the evening (and after more than a few drinks) they had formulated an innovative, money-making scheme. the plan? they were to create a summer getaway and country club for the wealthy elite of surrounding cities such as new york city and boston. for nine years, avalon, as they called it, operated as a playhouse for the robber barons, socialites, and aristocracy. eventually, as more and more people began settling in the area, houses were built; businesses were open; and a city hall was established. at the turn of the century, the first mayoral election was held, officially marking the start of avalon as a town. a hundred and some odd years later, avalon has blossomed into a bustling city of modest proportions. while it may not be the small town rife with secrets that it once was, there's still a fair amount of neighborly gossip to keep things interesting.