Introduction to Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Old Saybrook, Connecticut, in Middlesex county, is 28 miles E of Hamden, Connecticut and 92 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is considered part of the New London - Norwich metropolitan area. Old Saybrook has a population of 10,367.
Old Saybrook History
Dutch explorers established a trading post in the present day town of Old Saybrook after having established a settlement on the island of Manhattan. This post was called Kievits Hoek, which meant "Plover's Corner." Colonel George Fenwick agreed to merge the Old Saybrook settlement with the Connecticut Colony in 1644. The town of Old Saybrook was officially incorporated in 1854. The town's location made it an important point for coastal trade. Yale University was initially founded here as the Collegiate School.
Old Saybrook and nearby Attractions
- Gen. William Hart House
- Connecticut River Museum
- Gillette Castle
- Lake Rockview
- Dickersons Pier
- Fort Saybrook Monument Park
Things To Do In Old Saybrook
While in Old Saybrook, one can visit historical sites and museums like the mansion of actor William Gillette now known as the Gillette Castle, the Connecticut River Museum, and the Florence Griswold Museum. The Museum of Fife and Drum exhibits collections of drums, fifes, uniforms, music, military swords, and other artifacts of America on parade. For those interested in taking back souvenirs for their loved ones, a trip to any of the malls in the town will prove fruitful. There are also several lakes, rivers and brooks all around Old Saybrook that are worth taking a look at. In addition, the parks provide a variety of facilities for the enjoyment of sports and other fitness activities.
Old Saybrook Transportation
Groton-New London Airport is close by.
Old Saybrook Higher Education
Higher educational institutes near Old Saybrook include Wesleyan University, Suny at Stony Brook and Eastern Connecticut State University.