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A Walking Tour of Old Lyme, Connecticut


a walking tour in the Look Up, America series from walkthetown.com


by Doug Gelbert


published by Cruden Bay Books at Smashwords


Copyright 2010 by Cruden Bay Books


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The English first settled on the western side of the mouth of the Connecticut River but it did not take long for the settlers to wander to the east bank. The town of Lyme was set off from Saybrook on February 13, 1665. The first settler, Matthew Griswold, took the name from the port in England from which he had sailed, Lyme Regis in Dorsetshire. Or so it is assumed.


Old Lyme has always been shaped by the sea. Among the early industries were fishing, shipbuilding and the manufacture of salt, of which Old Lyme was the state’s only supplier. At one time, it was said, every house in Old Lyme was occupied by a sea captain.

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