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I’m proud of my
roots. My grandfather (on my mother’s side) was born and raised on a farm in
Deep River, Connecticut, located on the eastern side of the Connecticut River
just ten miles north of the Florence Griswold Museum, one of our great Save America’s Treasures sites. My uncle
Harold volunteered as a tour guide at Gillette
Park ( East Haddam, CT) and
would sometimes take us through the castle when we visited. While we won’t be
covering it on this tour (it never received a Save America’s Treasures grant), I thoroughly
recommend as a fun
turn-of-the-century American-built castle, full of personality and eccentricity. Gillette
Our seventeen Save America’s Treasures sites are roughly spread across much of the state, offering opportunities to explore many historic communities. While I can imagine it might be possible to visit all these sites in a frantic two-week spree, such an approach would neither do justice to the state nor all the important complementary history that surrounds these treasures. Two weeks per site would be much more sensible…
Small towns set the tone in
the handful of Connecticut
cities have neighborhoods that maintain that distinctive autumnal small-town feel. Naturally, there are many choices
for places to stay when visiting Connecticut.
The charming inns and bed & breakfasts would perfectly complement many of the
historic sites, but there are plenty of practical options for the budget
traveler, as well. For professional orientation and reliable tourism advice, start
with visits to the Connecticut section of the Visit New England website or the Official Connecticut State Vacation Guide.
Our Tour America’s History exploration of
17 Save America’s Treasures sites
begins on Wednesday.
|Postcard of Main Street in Deep River, Connecticut, circa 1907|
(my grandfather would have been six when this was taken).
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Tour America's History Itinerary
Friday’s destination: Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
© 2012 Lee Price