Vernon is a town in Tolland County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 29,179 at the 2010 census. Vernon was incorporated in October, 1808, from Bolton. Vernon contains the former city of Rockville, incorporated in January, 1889. The town of Vernon and city of Rockville consolidated as a town on July 1, 1965. Vernon also contains the smaller villages of Talcottville and Dobsonville. The town is the birthplace of the former professional American football player and four times Super Bowl champion, Bill Romanowski. The former Governor of Virginia and now SenatorMark Warner was raised there. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer Gene Pitney also grew up in the town, from which he obtained his stage name: "The Rockville Rocket." Charles Ethan Porter (c. 1847-1923), an African American still life painter, moved to the Rockville neighborhood as a child. Vernon is the location of the New England Civil War Museum.