Introduction to Westbrook, Connecticut
Westbrook is located to the west of the Patchogue River and east of the Menunketesuck River. It is a part of the Saybrook Plantation, and was first settled in 1638. It was then known as Patchogue. In its early years, the area's economy depended largely on the shipbuilding industry. David Bushnell, inventor of the submarine, was a resident of Westbrook. His wood-and-steel submarine, called the American Turtle, was built in 1776. The community was named Westbrook in 1810, and officially incorporated as a town in 1840.
Westbrook and nearby Attractions
- Connecticut River Museum
- Museum of Fife and Drum
- Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park
- Hammonasset Beach State Park
- Salt Meadow National Wildlife Refuge
- Essex Steam Train
Things To Do In Westbrook
The town of Westbrook is home to two museums - the Military Historians Westbrook Museum and the Museum of Early Engineering Technology. Also close by is the Connecticut River Museum, which showcases exhibits highlighting the history of the Connecticut River valley. The Mystic Marine Life Aquarium, the Essex Steam Train, the Gillette Castle State Park, the Mystic Seaport and the Ocean Beach Park are all nearby as well. The Hammonasset Beach State Park offers mountain biking, scuba diving, hiking, camping and fishing opportunities, while the 330-acre Chatfield Hollow State Park is also a popular local destination.
The Tweed-New Haven Airport is close by.
Westbrook Higher Education
Higher education can be pursued at Quinnipiac University, Wesleyan University and Gateway Community College.