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Overview

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 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.

People

Total Population 10,213
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 26.2%
Employed Population 16+ 4,749
Age of the Population 50

Families

% of people married 58%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 44.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $97,604
% Above Poverty Level 94.3%
% Below Poverty Level 5.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 2%

Housing

People Living Alone 27.3%
Median Gross Rent $1,622
Median House Value $369,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.5%
US/American 0.1%
English 15.9%
Irish 23.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Old Saybrook Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles E of Hamden, Connecticut (center to center)
Nearest Large City 92 miles NE of New York, New York
County Middlesex
Metro Area New London - Norwich
Standard Zip Codes 06475
Phone Area Codes 860
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.291
Longitude -72.376

Old Saybrook Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station GREENPORT POWER HOUSE
Distance 13.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 38 F
Apr Temp 40 to 55 F
Jul Temp 66 to 80 F
Oct Temp 48 to 63 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Station BRIDGEHAMPTON
Distance 24 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 39 to 56 F
Jul Temp 63 to 81 F
Oct Temp 44 to 63 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches
Station MIDDLETOWN 4 W (MERIDEN)
Distance 25.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 36 F
Apr Temp 39 to 59 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 62 F
Annual Precip 52.3 inches

Old Saybrook Public Libraries

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Acton Public Library
60 OLD BOSTON POST RD.
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
(860) 395-3185

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Old Saybrook High Schools

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OLD SAYBROOK SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
1111 BOSTON POST RD.
860-395-3175
Serves 439 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

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860-395-3157
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