Vernon is home to Rockville High School and the New England Civil War Museum. Vernon is a town in Tolland County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 29,179 at the 2010 census. The town is the birthplace of former professional football player and four time Super Bowl champion Bill Romanowski. Former Governor of Virginia and now Senator Mark Warner was raised there. 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.