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East Haddam, Connecticut--Adventure Awaits--Hidden Treasures, Must See Attractions & Places To Go

Updated on August 19, 2012


Ever thought about visiting New England? Around every corner and regardless of interests, the Nutmeg State is truly a wonder; with its gorgeous sprawling tree filled hills, to the soft sandy beaches, breathtaking foliage in the fall, as well as many more surprises and history abound,

This installment of Connecticut--Adventure Awaits--Hidden Treasures, Must See Attractions & Places To Go covers some of the must see locations in the beautiful town of East Haddam, located in Middlesex County.

Adventure awaits, enjoy the tour!

East Haddam, CT:
East Haddam, CT, USA

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East Haddam

Brief Early History

Known for the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, a one room schoolhouse, where Nathan Hale, Revolutionary War hero, was the schoolmaster from 1773 - 1774 prior to his departure to New London, Connecticut.

The Native Americans called the Haddam area Machimoodus, a place of noises, due to the earthquakes. East Haddam, purchased from the Native Americans in 1662, became more permanently established in 1685 having nearly thirty families residing, and considered part of the town of Haddam.

Haddam, one of the only towns divided by the Connecticut River, has residents living on both sides on the river. Because of this, around 1695, Captain John Chapman began a ferry service down the Connecticut River to assist the residents on each side.

Around the 1730's Haddam divided into two separate towns--East Haddam and Haddam.

In 1913, the ferry service stopped due to the creation of Alfred P. Boller credited with designing the East Haddam Bridge--one of his many creations.

As of 2009, with nearly nine thousand residents, East Haddam's population continues to grow.

East Haddam Must See Attractions

6 Main Street, East Haddam, CT 06423:
6 Main St, East Haddam, CT 06423, USA

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Offers tours, wonderful musicals, as well as picnics before and after shows.

Goodspeed Opera House

In 1876, William Goodspeed, built the magnificent Goodspeed Opera House located right on the Connecticut River.

After the death of William Goodspeed, the Goodspeed Opera House served other duties and in the late 1950's the building was restored and currently serves as a musical theater that Connecticut residents adore.

Opera House Tours

Tour Cost: $5 for adults,

$1 for children 12 and under,

$0 for children 6 and under.

Tour Hours: Saturdays

from June - October

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST

Musicals, showtimes, and prices may vary.

Goodspeed Opera House
Goodspeed Opera House | Source
67 River Road East Haddam, CT 06415:
67 River Rd, East Haddam, CT 06423, USA

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Offers tours of the castles, free parking, and hiking throughout the magnificent property.

Gillette Castle

This amazing wonder took five years to build along with over 20 workers from 1914-1919 on over 180 acres of magnificent picturesque land that was designed by William Hooker Gillette.

William Gillette was famous for his stage role as Sherlock Holmes, he was also known for directing and as a playwright.

Tour of the Castle Cost: $6 for ages 13 and up

$2 for ages 6-12

$0 for ages 5 and under

No charge for parking, hiking, or picnicking.

Tour Hours: Memorial Day - Columbus Day

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST(Eastern Standard Time)

Offers: Picnic areas, hiking, and Castle tour.

Castle Grounds: Open from 8 a.m. - Sunset EST(Eastern Standard Time) year round.

Hiking the grounds lead to great adventure, for the steep hill grounds, to a few hidden tunnels, and even railroad tracks; one may never know of the treasures untold in this uniquely designed, exhilarating, breathtaking state park.

Gillette's Castle
Gillette's Castle | Source
Gillette Library
Gillette Library | Source
Devil's Hopyard State Park:
366 Hopyard Rd, East Haddam, CT 06415, USA

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Offers: Picnic tables, grills, hiking, fishing, camping, bicycling, bird watching, as well breathtaking views.

Devil's Hopyard

Located on 860 awe-inspiring acres of land in East Haddam, Connecticut, offers breathtaking views and legends abound.

One of the most beloved State Parks in Connecticut, offers outdoor lovers a plethora of fun.

Cost: $0

Hours: 8 a.m. - Sunset EST(Eastern Standard Time)

Offers: Picnic areas, pedestal grills, hiking, stream fishing, camping, bicycling, bird watching, as well as composting toilet facilities.

Many travel to this sight, not only for all that this State Park has to offer, however to see the famous hoof prints on the nearly 60' Chapman Falls.

Although legends are just local stories and not verifiable, here are a few:

One of the legends include, that the Devil afraid water, climbed the waterfall--leaving his flaming hoof prints behind.

Another legend includes that the Devil would play his fiddle on the waterfall as his worshipers performed their dastardly rituals.

Source: self--Chapman Falls
Source: self--Chapman Falls
Source: self
Source: self


East Haddam, offers many different attractions, rich history, and adventures abound. For more information of the history, please check out the Haddam Historical Society.

Be sure to check out the Chamber of Commerce for local events and news.

This concludes this installment of one of Connecticut's beautiful wonders. Look for future installments of Connecticut--Adventure Awaits--Hidden Treasures, Must See Attractions & Places To Go.


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    • Patty Kenyon profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Nick, The castle is definitely a cool place to see. Pictures do not do it justice! The surrounding grounds are very cool as well! Thank-you for commenting!!! I do appreciate it!!

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      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Neat hub! I found it interesting that there is a castle, you don't see too many of those in this part of the world. I've never been to Connecticut, but if I ever do I should check this stuff out!

    • Patty Kenyon profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Awwww....THANKS, Integrity!!! It is a beautiful, beautiful area to visit; I love bringing my kids through there!!

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      6 years ago

      Patty,you inform us well. I want to go there someday. I definitely voted up.

    • Patty Kenyon profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      editsvcs, The area is breathtaking and there are many from Connecticut have never been to East Haddam. I have never been inside the Castle but have hiked through most of the outside of the estate. I have to say though when the sun starts to set, it can give someone the feeling of a Castle that Dracula might

      Thank-you for taking the time to comment!! I do appreciate it!!!

    • editsvcs profile image


      6 years ago

      What an interesting place - I love a good castle and Gillette looks downright spooky from the exterior picture.

    • Patty Kenyon profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Peggy, Thank-you soooo much for your very kind comments!! I do plan on writing more on places in Connecticut...and because of your comment, I will put that near the very top of my list!! Thanks Again; I truly do appreciate it!!!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patty,

      Truly enjoyed this look at East Haddam in CT. It looks like a beautiful area! Hope you write more about the town and citys in that State. I have never visited there so would be interested to learn more. Up, useful and interesting votes.

    • Patty Kenyon profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Josh, LOL...East Haddam is a beautiful area!! I have lived in CT my whole life, and I think I've visited or worked in nearly every town/city...while I am still suffering with writer's block, I think I will continue to do more on places to see in never know, I might end up writing about the town you grew up in!! :)

      Thank-You for your kind comments; I always do appreciate it!!!

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      Joshua Zerbini 

      6 years ago from Pennsylvania


      I grew up in Conmnecticut and lived there for twenty years and have never visited East Haddam. LOL. But, this hub was very interesting and the pictures were great. It was like a mini vacation for me! :) Awesome hub and thanks for sharing Patty!

    • Patty Kenyon profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      Mhatter, Thank-you for your comment!!! Thank-you for posting such Beautiful Poetry!!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this interesting outing.

    • Patty Kenyon profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Kenyon 

      6 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      billybuc, Thank-you sooo much!!! I am still dealing with writer's block, however, I figure I would start writing about Connecticut's As always, I appreciate your support and encouragement!! THANKS AGAIN!!!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What great pictures and information. I've never been to Connecticut; spent two years in Vermont but never made it to Connecticut. I love the picture of the Opera House. Beautiful! Great job Patty!


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