Old Saybrook Historical Society, Inc.

Old Saybrook Historical Society, Inc. Gen. William Hart House and Garden, Frank Stevenson Archives and Martha Davis Soper Research Library, which has over 2000 titles. On September 11, 1958 a handful of interested residents formed the first Old Saybrook Historical Society.

Their concern that the oldest town on the shoreline had “many valuable records, diaries, letters that had already been lost, scattered, or destroyed and that there should be no further delay in making a start toward collecting and saving what is still available.”

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VIRTUAL TOUR COMING TO OUR WEBSITEOver 100 history buffs attended the Cypress Cemetery lecture tour last Sunday. The tou...
10/25/2021

VIRTUAL TOUR COMING TO OUR WEBSITE

Over 100 history buffs attended the Cypress Cemetery lecture tour last Sunday. The tour was conducted by historian J.H. Torrance Downes. He related the history of many of the notable people buried there. Cypress Cemetery was laid out in 1635 as the Saybrook Colony’s burial ground. A video production of the lecture tour will be available on the Old Saybrook Historical Society’s website. Follow us on Facebook or visit saybrookhistory.org for events, history stories and updates on this upcoming virtual tour.

VIRTUAL TOUR COMING TO OUR WEBSITE

Over 100 history buffs attended the Cypress Cemetery lecture tour last Sunday. The tour was conducted by historian J.H. Torrance Downes. He related the history of many of the notable people buried there. Cypress Cemetery was laid out in 1635 as the Saybrook Colony’s burial ground. A video production of the lecture tour will be available on the Old Saybrook Historical Society’s website. Follow us on Facebook or visit saybrookhistory.org for events, history stories and updates on this upcoming virtual tour.

CYPRESS CEMETERY LECTURE TOURTODAY, Sunday, October 24th  (4 PM) there will be a lecture tour of the Cypress Cemetery.  ...
10/24/2021

CYPRESS CEMETERY LECTURE TOUR
TODAY, Sunday, October 24th (4 PM) there will be a lecture tour of the Cypress Cemetery. Historian J.H. Torrance Downes will narrate a tour of Cypress Cemetery, laid out in 1635 as the Saybrook Colony’s burial ground. Downes relates the history of many of the notable people buried there. There is a $5 fee to benefit the Historical Society

CYPRESS CEMETERY LECTURE TOUR
TODAY, Sunday, October 24th (4 PM) there will be a lecture tour of the Cypress Cemetery. Historian J.H. Torrance Downes will narrate a tour of Cypress Cemetery, laid out in 1635 as the Saybrook Colony’s burial ground. Downes relates the history of many of the notable people buried there. There is a $5 fee to benefit the Historical Society

CYPRESS CEMETERY LECTURE TOURTOMORROW, Sunday, October 24th  (4 PM) there will be a lecture tour of the Cypress Cemetery...
10/23/2021

CYPRESS CEMETERY LECTURE TOUR

TOMORROW, Sunday, October 24th (4 PM) there will be a lecture tour of the Cypress Cemetery. Historian J.H. Torrance Downes will narrate a tour of Cypress Cemetery, laid out in 1635 as the Saybrook Colony’s burial ground. Downes relates the history of many of the notable people buried there. There is a $5 fee to benefit the Historical Society

CYPRESS CEMETERY LECTURE TOUR

TOMORROW, Sunday, October 24th (4 PM) there will be a lecture tour of the Cypress Cemetery. Historian J.H. Torrance Downes will narrate a tour of Cypress Cemetery, laid out in 1635 as the Saybrook Colony’s burial ground. Downes relates the history of many of the notable people buried there. There is a $5 fee to benefit the Historical Society

CYPRESS CEMETERY LECTURE TOURThis Sunday, October 24th  (4 PM) there will be a lecture tour of the Cypress Cemetery.  Hi...
10/22/2021

CYPRESS CEMETERY LECTURE TOUR

This Sunday, October 24th (4 PM) there will be a lecture tour of the Cypress Cemetery. Historian J.H. Torrance Downes will narrate a tour of Cypress Cemetery, laid out in 1635 as the Saybrook Colony’s burial ground. Downes relates the history of many of the notable people buried there. There is a $5 fee to benefit the Historical Society

CYPRESS CEMETERY LECTURE TOUR

This Sunday, October 24th (4 PM) there will be a lecture tour of the Cypress Cemetery. Historian J.H. Torrance Downes will narrate a tour of Cypress Cemetery, laid out in 1635 as the Saybrook Colony’s burial ground. Downes relates the history of many of the notable people buried there. There is a $5 fee to benefit the Historical Society

Cemetery lecture tour this SundayThis Sunday, October 24th  (4 PM) there will be a lecture tour of the Cypress Cemetery....
10/21/2021

Cemetery lecture tour this Sunday

This Sunday, October 24th (4 PM) there will be a lecture tour of the Cypress Cemetery. Historian J.H. Torrance Downes will narrate a tour of Cypress Cemetery, laid out in 1635 as the Saybrook Colony’s burial ground. Downes relates the history of many of the notable people buried there. There is a $5 fee to benefit the Historical Society

Cemetery lecture tour this Sunday

This Sunday, October 24th (4 PM) there will be a lecture tour of the Cypress Cemetery. Historian J.H. Torrance Downes will narrate a tour of Cypress Cemetery, laid out in 1635 as the Saybrook Colony’s burial ground. Downes relates the history of many of the notable people buried there. There is a $5 fee to benefit the Historical Society

Old Saybrook Historical SocietyAnnual Preservation AwardThe sixth annual Old Saybrook Historical Society’s Achievement i...
10/18/2021

Old Saybrook Historical Society
Annual Preservation Award

The sixth annual Old Saybrook Historical Society’s Achievement in Historical Preservation Award was presented to Jessica and Lincoln May for the restoration work on their Dudley Building on the corner of Main Street and Dudley Avenue. The Mays own the Saybrook Hardware as well as the entire building, which houses three other Main Street businesses.

The annual award recognizes extraordinary individuals or groups who have contributed to the preservation of the rich history of Old Saybrook. In 1928, Albert L. Dudley, an influential developer and respected community leader, built the building and placed his name and date on the peak of the one-story building. 93 years later the Mays knew major structural work had to be done to maintain the building. They worked with Bruce Lawrence’s Bogaert Construction in Essex for the heavy work of replacing the I-beam supporting the front brick façade. For the more aesthetic touches they worked with Chantal Lawrence’s Total Design Source in Old Saybrook, and the Town Zoning Commission.

Photo: Wayne Harms, Carl Fortuna, Jessica May

Old Saybrook Historical Society
Annual Preservation Award

The sixth annual Old Saybrook Historical Society’s Achievement in Historical Preservation Award was presented to Jessica and Lincoln May for the restoration work on their Dudley Building on the corner of Main Street and Dudley Avenue. The Mays own the Saybrook Hardware as well as the entire building, which houses three other Main Street businesses.

The annual award recognizes extraordinary individuals or groups who have contributed to the preservation of the rich history of Old Saybrook. In 1928, Albert L. Dudley, an influential developer and respected community leader, built the building and placed his name and date on the peak of the one-story building. 93 years later the Mays knew major structural work had to be done to maintain the building. They worked with Bruce Lawrence’s Bogaert Construction in Essex for the heavy work of replacing the I-beam supporting the front brick façade. For the more aesthetic touches they worked with Chantal Lawrence’s Total Design Source in Old Saybrook, and the Town Zoning Commission.

Photo: Wayne Harms, Carl Fortuna, Jessica May

AN INVITATION TO SUBMIT YOUR MEMORIESIn the spring of 2022 the Society will present an exhibit of Anna Louise James (188...
10/14/2021

AN INVITATION TO SUBMIT YOUR MEMORIES

In the spring of 2022 the Society will present an exhibit of Anna Louise James (1886-1977) and her niece, Ann Petry (1908-1997).

Anyone who knew these two remarkable women and their Old Saybrook pharmacy is invited to share memorabilia and memories. “Miss James” was the first African-American woman to graduate from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in New York, the first female pharmacist in Connecticut, and the owner of the James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook. Her niece, Ann Petry, was a noted writer of novels, short stories and children’s books. Her 1946 debut novel, The Street, became the first novel by an African-American woman to sell more than a million copies.

Contact or email the Society to discuss any items you may have, including photographs, written memories or miscellaneous memorabilia related to the pharmacy or these two notable women. Email: [email protected] or call 860-395-1635

AN INVITATION TO SUBMIT YOUR MEMORIES

In the spring of 2022 the Society will present an exhibit of Anna Louise James (1886-1977) and her niece, Ann Petry (1908-1997).

Anyone who knew these two remarkable women and their Old Saybrook pharmacy is invited to share memorabilia and memories. “Miss James” was the first African-American woman to graduate from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in New York, the first female pharmacist in Connecticut, and the owner of the James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook. Her niece, Ann Petry, was a noted writer of novels, short stories and children’s books. Her 1946 debut novel, The Street, became the first novel by an African-American woman to sell more than a million copies.

Contact or email the Society to discuss any items you may have, including photographs, written memories or miscellaneous memorabilia related to the pharmacy or these two notable women. Email: [email protected] or call 860-395-1635

FENWICK’S ST. MARY’S CHAPELA charming summer chapel in Fenwick is emblematic of the many Fenwick structures built in the...
10/05/2021

FENWICK’S ST. MARY’S CHAPEL

A charming summer chapel in Fenwick is emblematic of the many Fenwick structures built in the late 1800s. It was a peaceful, neutral refuge during a turn-of-the-century period of social rivalries and a family feud. Used only two months out of the year for Sunday services, it endures today in its original character.

Read more about St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea, the Pope of Fenwick, a family feud, and the Medieval-style wood carvings embellishing the chapel.
Visit: saybrookhistory.org/St-Marys-by-the-sea/

FENWICK’S ST. MARY’S CHAPEL

A charming summer chapel in Fenwick is emblematic of the many Fenwick structures built in the late 1800s. It was a peaceful, neutral refuge during a turn-of-the-century period of social rivalries and a family feud. Used only two months out of the year for Sunday services, it endures today in its original character.

Read more about St. Mary’s-by-the-Sea, the Pope of Fenwick, a family feud, and the Medieval-style wood carvings embellishing the chapel.
Visit: saybrookhistory.org/St-Marys-by-the-sea/

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF OLD SAYBROOK’S HISTORIC  PEQUOT WAR SITESOn a sunny morning last June, cycling enthusiasts and hi...
09/23/2021

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF OLD SAYBROOK’S HISTORIC PEQUOT WAR SITES

On a sunny morning last June, cycling enthusiasts and history buffs began the first annual bike tour of Saybrook’s historic Pequot War sites. It was a combined bike tour, history lecture and video production. The two part video-lecture is now available on the OSHS website.

Six historic Pequot War sites are described by Dr. David Naumec, an independent historian who was instrumental in the archaeological investigation conducted at Saybrook Point by the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and funded by various grants.

Visit: saybrookhistory.org/bike-tour-2021/

TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR OF OLD SAYBROOK’S HISTORIC PEQUOT WAR SITES

On a sunny morning last June, cycling enthusiasts and history buffs began the first annual bike tour of Saybrook’s historic Pequot War sites. It was a combined bike tour, history lecture and video production. The two part video-lecture is now available on the OSHS website.

Six historic Pequot War sites are described by Dr. David Naumec, an independent historian who was instrumental in the archaeological investigation conducted at Saybrook Point by the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and funded by various grants.

Visit: saybrookhistory.org/bike-tour-2021/

AN INVITATION TO SUBMIT YOUR MEMORIESIn the spring of 2022 the Society will present an exhibit of Anna Louise James (188...
09/22/2021

AN INVITATION TO SUBMIT YOUR MEMORIES

In the spring of 2022 the Society will present an exhibit of Anna Louise James (1886-1977) and her niece, Ann Petry (1908-1997).

Anyone who knew these two remarkable women and their Old Saybrook pharmacy is invited to share memorabilia and memories. “Miss James” was the first African-American woman to graduate from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in New York, the first female pharmacist in Connecticut, and the owner of the James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook. Her niece, Ann Petry, was a noted writer of novels, short stories and children’s books. Her 1946 debut novel, The Street, became the first novel by an African-American woman to sell more than a million copies.

Contact or email the Society to discuss any items you may have, including photographs, written memories or miscellaneous memorabilia related to the pharmacy or these two notable women. Email: [email protected] or call 860-395-1635

AN INVITATION TO SUBMIT YOUR MEMORIES

In the spring of 2022 the Society will present an exhibit of Anna Louise James (1886-1977) and her niece, Ann Petry (1908-1997).

Anyone who knew these two remarkable women and their Old Saybrook pharmacy is invited to share memorabilia and memories. “Miss James” was the first African-American woman to graduate from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in New York, the first female pharmacist in Connecticut, and the owner of the James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook. Her niece, Ann Petry, was a noted writer of novels, short stories and children’s books. Her 1946 debut novel, The Street, became the first novel by an African-American woman to sell more than a million copies.

Contact or email the Society to discuss any items you may have, including photographs, written memories or miscellaneous memorabilia related to the pharmacy or these two notable women. Email: [email protected] or call 860-395-1635

DIXIELAND FANS FILL THE GARDENOver 200 fans brought their chairs to the Old Saybrook Historical Society’s Heritage Garde...
09/20/2021

DIXIELAND FANS FILL THE GARDEN
Over 200 fans brought their chairs to the Old Saybrook Historical Society’s Heritage Gardens to hear some Dixieland music. On a warm, sunny Sunday afternoon, the famous United States Coast Guard Dixieland Band performed their free concert ---jazz, blues and ragtime with a New Orleans flavor.

Great entertainment and appreciative fans. Their last concert of the season. Hosted by the Historical Society, the town of Old Saybrook was the beneficiary.

Free Dixieland Band concert, Sunday September 19th 2 PM till 3:30 PM.  A concert by the famous United States Coast Guard...
09/12/2021

Free Dixieland Band concert,
Sunday September 19th
2 PM till 3:30 PM.

A concert by the famous United States Coast Guard Dixieland Band in our gardens. Jazz, blues, and ragtime with a “New Orleans” flavor. Bring your own chair. Spend Sunday afternoon in our back yard and enjoy some of your Dixieland favorites.

AN INVITATION TO SUBMIT YOUR MEMORIESIn the spring of 2022 the Society will present an exhibit of Anna Louise James (188...
09/06/2021

AN INVITATION TO SUBMIT YOUR MEMORIES

In the spring of 2022 the Society will present an exhibit of Anna Louise James (1886-1977) and her niece, Ann Petry (1908-1997).

Anyone who knew these two remarkable women and their Old Saybrook pharmacy is invited to share memorabilia and memories. “Miss James” was the first African-American woman to graduate from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in New York, the first female pharmacist in Connecticut, and the owner of the James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook. Her niece, Ann Petry, was a noted writer of novels, short stories and children’s books. Her 1946 debut novel, The Street, became the first novel by an African-American woman to sell more than a million copies.

Contact or email the Society with any items you may have, including photographs, written memories or miscellaneous memorabilia related to these two notable women. Email: [email protected] or call 860-395-1635

AN INVITATION TO SUBMIT YOUR MEMORIES

In the spring of 2022 the Society will present an exhibit of Anna Louise James (1886-1977) and her niece, Ann Petry (1908-1997).

Anyone who knew these two remarkable women and their Old Saybrook pharmacy is invited to share memorabilia and memories. “Miss James” was the first African-American woman to graduate from the Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in New York, the first female pharmacist in Connecticut, and the owner of the James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook. Her niece, Ann Petry, was a noted writer of novels, short stories and children’s books. Her 1946 debut novel, The Street, became the first novel by an African-American woman to sell more than a million copies.

Contact or email the Society with any items you may have, including photographs, written memories or miscellaneous memorabilia related to these two notable women. Email: [email protected] or call 860-395-1635

HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR A GRAND SUCCESSThanks to all those who opened their homes and their gardens on Saturday, August 28th...
09/02/2021

HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR
A GRAND SUCCESS

Thanks to all those who opened their homes and their gardens on Saturday, August 28th plus the generous sponsors who lent their financial support and the numerous volunteers who did all the legwork. A special thanks to Chief Michael Spera’s force who kept traffic and tour buses flowing, and parking lots organized.

As a fund-raiser the Tour was a financial success for the Society. As a Town event, it exceeded everyone’s expectations, with over 600 visitors coming to town for the day, 75% of whom were from out of town.

HOUSE & GARDEN TOUR
A GRAND SUCCESS

Thanks to all those who opened their homes and their gardens on Saturday, August 28th plus the generous sponsors who lent their financial support and the numerous volunteers who did all the legwork. A special thanks to Chief Michael Spera’s force who kept traffic and tour buses flowing, and parking lots organized.

As a fund-raiser the Tour was a financial success for the Society. As a Town event, it exceeded everyone’s expectations, with over 600 visitors coming to town for the day, 75% of whom were from out of town.

BOB CHILDESS, AMERICAN ILUSTRATOR, AND THE END OF AN ERABob Childress was an Old Saybrook neighbor.  He is best remember...
09/01/2021
Robert Childress, American Illustrator, and the end of an era – Old Saybrook Historical Society

BOB CHILDESS, AMERICAN ILUSTRATOR,
AND THE END OF AN ERA

Bob Childress was an Old Saybrook neighbor. He is best remembered for his illustrations of the venerable Dick and Jane series of elementary school readers. He is indelibly linked to those images of 1950’s family life due to the ubiquitous decades-long usage of those books throughout the country. But his career as an American Illustrator spanned several decades and a much broader body of artistic work than just the Dick and Jane readers.

Read more about Bob and the history of American Illustrators.
Visit: saybrookhistory.org/bob-childress-american-illustrator/

Bob Childress was an Old Saybrook neighbor. He is best remembered for his illustrations of the venerable Dick and Jane series of elementary school readers. But his career as an American Illustrator spanned several decades and a much broader body of artistic work than just the Dick and Jane readers.....

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350 Main St
Old Saybrook, CT
06475

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We are a non-profit, all volunteer, tax-exempt organization with over 350 members from across the USA whose mission is to investigate, preserve and maintain collections in archeology, furniture, genealogy, and historic records of the Town of Old Saybrook while encouraging the study and appreciation of this historical heritage -especially by the young people of the area. The restored General William Hart House (1767), Frank Stevenson Archives, and the historic gardens comprise a one-acre “campus” in the village that is home to the Society.

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Tuesday 9am - 12pm
Thursday 9am - 12pm

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(860) 395-1635

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The Old Saybrook Historical Society welcomes and invites you to navigate our website and discover what we have to offer! The rich history of Old Saybrook found in historical homes, artifacts, documents, letters, etc. was in danger of disappearing or being destroyed if an organization to implement the preservation of these items was not formed. A group of twenty concerned citizens decided to address this serious problem by creating the Old Saybrook Historical Society in 1958. Under the able direction of the first president, Frank Tinsley, a noted historian, author and scientific illustrator, a formal Constitution incorporating the Society was established in 1966.

Hart House is open May 15 to December 15 for tours by appointment. June 15 to August 31 - Saturdays & Sundays 1:00 to 3:00pm

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Kerry Geffert
I was wondering who were the original owners of the Ford dealership on 1 ford drive.
Does anyone have any history of Chief Walter Patti and all his accomplishments?
Here is an article about Connecticut River's Worst Ice Jam in twenty Year, Jan 25-6, 1957. By Roger Epply, 1993. The coast guard icebreaker is little publicized as an important "assist" to vessels on the Connecticut river during the winter months. Not all of this aid is sensational and headline-making but it is, nevertheless, extremely important to the vessels involved, and a valuable activity of the Coast Guard personnel. The icebreaker is a stubby, powerful craft that smashes through ice-choked channels, breaking way for river traffic. Usually the icebreaker precedes the vessel it is assisting, clearing a way directly ahead of the tanker or tug. the mode of the icebreakers operation is interesting. It crushes the ice flow, rather than cutting it, by smashing it with the ship's bow. To withstand shock, this bow is covered with steel plates over an inch and one-half thick. The plates are slanted back so that the bow will ride up onto the ice. After impact, water ballast is shifted forward so that tons of weight bear down upon the sheet ice, breaking it under impact and pressure. The cutter then backs away for another assault. Such an icebreaker played an important role on Friday, and Saturday of the week of January 20, 1957. She was name Manitou, but was officially known in the coast Guard as CG Cutter W 60. The Manitou is 110 ft. long has 1000 HP diesel-electric motors, and operate out of the Third Coast Guard District, New York. She was commanded by Chief Boatswain H. J. Hacker, and had been patrolling the river for over a week before the big ice jam started.
The O.S.H.S has a wonderful research library for your use. However, because of Covid it is currently open only by appointment. We have a number of materials that are useful to those who are researching the Old Saybrook area including those towns that were originally part of the original Saybrook Colony. We have the Vital Records of Saybrook from it's inception up through 1937. We have a great assortment of local family histories, genealogies and maps. There are collections of pictures of most of the old houses of Old Saybrook, as well as a wonderful post card collection. There are family files with various different materials including manuscripts and family trees. We have the Probate records of the town from 1898 to about 1940. These are the original copies of the records that were in the town Hall. There is something there for just about everyone.
As the Archivist of the Old Saybrook Historical Society, I am VERY Proud to be descended from at least ONE of Saybrook's most prominent citizens, Nathaniel Lynde, Esq. Nathaniel Lynde came to Saybrook upon the death of his father Simon Lynde, of Boston, Massachusetts when his father left him his estate in Saybrook, which consisted of about 650 acres of land in Fenwick, Fenwood and Cornfield Point. He also owned quite a bit of land on the " neck' specifically where the cemetery is now located. He donated land and books to the Collegiate school which would become Yale College. Nathaniel was very wealthy, but after his death and his land was divided up among his heirs, they didn't manage his wealth too well, much of it was either lost in land speculation or useless business enterprises that never made a profit. The area which is now Fenwick became " New Saybrook and the land was divided up into parcels for summer cottages and the Fenwick Hall which is no longer in existence. There are still many descendants that live in the area and still own portions of the original land in Essex and Chester, but I do not know any Lynde family members that live on the Neck or in Fenwick.
The Saybrook Round House - What was it? The six stall 1871 round house at Saybrook Point was constructed of wood and was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night, June 4, 1895. It was replaced with a six stall brick round house that was first used on Monday, December 13, 1895, but after 28 years, it was reported that the round house was going to be dismantled. The land that it was built on, was it purchased or taken by eminent domain ? The land was purchased by the railroad company, none of the land was taken.
What was the name of the first steam Engine ?? Engine #1 - J.C. Walkley Engine #2 - Hartford Engine #3 - Middletown Engine #4 - Haddam Engine #5 - Essex Engine #6 - Lady Fenwick.
Who built the railroad ??? The prime contractor was Dillon and Clyde of New York City whom subcontracted most of the work to smaller contractors. The majority of the laborers were of Irish decent.
The following is information that was requested by the North Cove Park Committee of Old Saybrook, regarding the railroad that was once prominent in Old Saybrook. The following will be questions and answers to them: FYI. Question: What was the date of the first run ? Answer: The first run was a northbound, by invitation, trip from Saybrook Point to D**e station (near Colts Patented Fi****ms factory) in Hartford on July 29, 1871. Train service between Fenwick and Saybrook Point was eventually abandoned on Sunday, September 16, 1915. The right of way between Fenwick and Saybrook Point Junction ceased on Monday, April 18, 1931. Train service between Saybrook Junction was abandoned on July 18, 1922. The last piece of track between these points was removed on January 7, 1927.
Here is how the Original Saybrook Colony was chopped up into Seven Different Towns: 1635 - Settlement at Saybrook Point by Lieutenant Gibbons and Sergeant Willard as the advance party for Governor John Winthrop, Jr. 1636 - First use of the name "Saybrook" in letter from Lion Gardiner to John Winthrop. 1648 - Saybrook divided into quarters - east side of Ct river, later Lyme; Oyster River Section, Later Westbrook, and Eight Mile Meadow, Potopaug (later Essex, Deep River and Chester) 1659 - The General Court approved a petition from a group of 20 families form Saybrook to establish a plantation in Norwich. 1665 - Lyme broke off from Saybrook in a " Loving Parting" 1678 - New Meeting House for the First Ecclesiastical Society vote in Saybrook. 1722 - Second Ecclesiastical Society formed in Centerbrook 1724 - Oyster River Quarter formed the Third Society. 1740 - Fourth Ecclesiastical Society authorized for Chester. 1836 - Incorporation of Chester as a separate town. 1840 - Incorporation of Westbrook as a separate town 1852 - Essex and Old Saybrook set off from Saybrook (the area named Deep River) and incorporated as a new town under the name of Old Saybrook. 1854- Old Saybrook incorporated as a separate town from Essex. 1855 - Old Lyme incorporated from Lyme. 1945 - Name of remaining lands (still claiming the original 1635 settlement date) changed from Saybrook to Deep River. INFORMATION FROM: OLD SAYBROOK SOCIETY ARCHIVES
Hello Everyone... I am the Archivist for the Old Saybrook Historical Society. I will start posting interesting articles about our great town and hope you will all let me know if there is anything in particular that you are interested in.