Technically, "New England" includes all of Connecticut. From my perspective, however, the southernmost part of New England in Connecticut is the Thimble Islands. This collection of islands off of Branford, Connecticut (adjacent to Stony Creek) is worth experiencing both for its unique geography and its unique structures and culture.
And for me, it was fun to be back. I spent a lot of time in my youth sailing with and visiting various friends who had houses on the Thimbles.
We went ashore to get some breakfast at the Stony Creek Market.
As the name suggests, Stony Creek is the home of significant granite production. Stony Creek Quarry supplied the pink/orange Stony Creek granite for the Brooklyn Bridge, Grand Central Station, and Columbia University.
As the fog lifted, we headed back out.
Exactly how many islands there are depends not only on your defintion of island, but also if it is high or low tide. Nonetheless, many have distinctive feels.
- On Money Island, for example, there is almost a “dorm room” feel with some of the houses so close together that everyone just walks in and out of each others houses, and the close relationships have even resulted in inter/intra-island marriages.
- Bear Island which has exported its stone to such constructions as the Lincoln Memorial, Grant's Tomb, and the base of the Statue of Liberty.
- Horse Island, the largest island at 17 acres is owned by neighboring Yale University and is used for ecological research by Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History.
- Outer Island is used by Southern Connecticut State University and used for their studies.
- Despite their not inconsiderable price tags, they rarely go up for sale. About thirty of the islands are inhabited.
|There are electrical wires and water pipes for some of the houses. Others rely on generators, wells and as shown here, solar panels.|
|It may be inevitable that some of the garrishness from today's Greenwich and Westport infiltrates the area. (See the original house here)|