East Haddam, Connecticut--Adventure Awaits--Hidden Treasures, Must See Attractions & Places To Go
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!
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
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.
Offers tours of the castles, free parking, and hiking throughout the magnificent property.
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.
Offers: Picnic tables, grills, hiking, fishing, camping, bicycling, bird watching, as well breathtaking views.
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.
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.
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.
East Haddam Links/Citations that are linked throughout the article
- Haddam Historical Society - History of Haddam
- East Haddam | Connecticut History
- A history of the towns of Haddam and East-Haddam
- East Haddam Bridge
- DEP: Gillette Castle State Park
Gillette Castle State Park Abstract: Description: Gillette Castle State Park is located in East Haddam, Connecticut.
- Historic Sites from the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Historic sites & museums throughout Connecticut. The Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. The society was founded April 2, 1889, our purpose is to keep alive the memory of men and women who fought or gave service or Indepen
- Award Winning Musical Theatre at Goodspeed Opera House and The Norma Terris Theatre in East Haddam &
Award-winning musical theatre at the historic Goodspeed Opera House - home of the American musical! Goodspeed produces three musicals at the Opera House in East Haddam, and specializes in producing and developing new musicals at The Norma Terris Thea
- East Haddam, Connecticut (CT 06423) profile: population, maps, real estate, averages, homes, statist
East Haddam, Connecticut detailed profile
Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce East Haddam/Haddam division.