Home to the first settlement on the southern shores of Connecticut, the area around Old Saybrook is rich with American history. The next time you reserve a room at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina, consider embarking on a self-guided Connecticut history tour. Prepare for a day of learning fascinating facts about the area and enjoying stunning sights of the Atlantic coastline. 

General William Hart House

An excellent place to start learning about Connecticut’s history is the Old Saybrook Historical Society. They maintain the General William Hart House, which William Hart built in 1767. The U.S. Department of Interior has listed this house as a national historic landmark, so you won’t want to miss it. While you’re here, feel free to ask questions about the estate and get some insider tips for the rest of your self-guided tour. 

Photo of Lynde Point Lighthouse, Home to Enthralling Connecticut History.Lynde Point Lighthouse

While you’re looking for historical things to do in Old Saybrook, CT, consider taking a trip to Lynde Point Lighthouse—known as Saybrook’s first lighthouse. As you can imagine, Connecticut lighthouses are important landmarks. They designed this structure to lead ships through Long Island Sound and to mark the Connecticut River’s entrance. However, it wasn’t perfect. Sailors often complained that its light was difficult to spot because they had built the lighthouse too short, and its brightness couldn’t always penetrate the mist from nearby marshlands. 

Gillette Castle State Park

Tour an authentic castle when you visit Gillette Castle State Park. From the outside, Gillette Castle seems to be a medieval fortress. However, once you step inside, you’ll witness fascinating architectural features like built-in couches, woodcarvings, and a table trackway. Learn all about the genius William Gillette and his accolades. 

Other Connecticut History Ventures near Our Resort

One of the original 13 colonies, the entire state of Connecticut, is rife with American history. Embark on a walking tour of the siege and battle of Saybrook Fort or check out any number of historical attractions across the state. Regardless of where your historical pursuits take you, you’re sure to find some fantastic Connecticut attractions. If you have additional questions about the best sites to visit near our resort, please call us at 1-860-395-2000. Our resourceful staff is happy to assist you.