Offers visitors the opportunity to explore history, art, and the natural beauty of scenic New England.

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East Haddam offers visitors the opportunity to explore history, art and natural beauty in scenic New England. The town covers 56.6 square miles, including the village of Moodus and five other distinct areas east of the Connecticut River. In addition to the well-known attractions and outdoor recreation areas, visitors will also discover historic homes, scenic views, preserved open space, country roads, unique small businesses and other local treasures. Enjoy a "getaway" in a location that the Nature Conservancy calls "One of the last great places."

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Facts about East Haddam

Town/City established:

  • Incorporated in 1734.

Named from: 

  • Haddam and East Haddam were originally one town, named for Little Haddam in Hertfordshire, England. The eastern part was settled in 1685 and incorporated as a separate town in 1734.

County:

  • Middlesex.

Notable citizens (past and present):

  • Nathan Hale. Teacher and American Revolutionary War patriot.
  • William Gillette. American actor, playwright and stage-manager in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is best remembered today for portraying Sherlock Holmes on stage.
  • Venture Smith. Former slave and entrepreneur.
  • George Comer. Artic explorer and whaling captain.
  • Morgan G. Bulkely. State governor and U.S. Senator.
  • Christopher Dodd. U.S. Senator.

Top Five Attractions:

  • Gillette Caste State Park.
  • Goodspeed Opera House.
  • Nathan Hale Schoolhouse.
  • Connecticut River Swing Bridge.
  • Lake Hayward.

Annual Visitor’s Events:

  • Celebrate East Haddam, May.
  • Music on the River, Monday evenings, mid-July-August.
  • Outdoor theater at Gillette Castle, weekends, early-July through early-August.
  • Fife & Drum Corps Ancient Muster, third Saturday in October.

Quality of the town/city:

  • East Haddam offers visitors the opportunity to explore history, art and natural beauty in scenic New England. The town covers 56.6 square miles, including the village of Moodus and five other distinct areas east of the Connecticut River. In addition to the well-known attractions and outdoor recreation areas, visitors will also discover historic homes, scenic views, preserved open space, country roads, unique small businesses and other local treasures. Enjoy a "getaway" in a location that the Nature Conservancy calls "One of the last great places."

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