Saybrook Breakwater Light, Old Saybrook

Saybrook Breakwater Light, Old Saybrook

Old Saybrook, in Middlesex County, is located in southern Connecticut on the Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Connecticut River. The town includes the borough of Fenwick. Originally settled by the Dutch, the English granted a deed of conveyance, known as the Warwick Patent, and commissioned John Winthrop Jr. as governor. This lead to the building of Fort Saybrook in 1636. Named for Lord Saye and Sele and Lord Brooke, Saybrook was its own colony until 1644 (when it joined the Connecticut Colony). It then incorporated as a town, separating from Essex, in 1854. Old Saybrook is the original site of Yale College, which was established as the “Collegiate School” in 1701.

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Old Saybrook Historical Society. “Hart House and Gardens,” 2008. Link.
Connecticut Freedom Trail. “James Pharmacy,” 2012. Link.
“Old Saybrook Historical Society,” 2016. Link.


Connecticut State Library Digital Collections. “Founding Documents of Connecticut - Warwick Patent Copy by John Winthrop, Jr., 1662, with Transcript,” 2016.
Woodford, E. M. “Map of the Towns of Saybrook and Old Saybrook, Middlesex County, Connecticut Surveyed and Drawn by E.m. Woodford, Lith. of Friend & Aub., Wagner & Mcguigan’s Steam Lith. Press.” Philadelphia, PA: R. Clark, 1853. Connecticut Historical Society. Link.
Connecticut State Library Digital Collections. “Old Saybrook - WPA Architectural Survey,” 2014. Link.
“Old Saybrook Collection.” Connecticut Digital Archive, n.d. Link.


Field, David. A Statistical Account of the County of Middlesex, in Connecticut. Middletown,  CT: Clark & Lyman, 1819. Link.
McCain, Diana. Connecticut Coast: A Town-by-Town Illustrated History. Guilford,  CT: Globe Pequot Press, 2009.
Beers, F. W. County Atlas of Middlesex, Connecticut: From Actual Surveys. New York, NY: F.W. Beers & Company, 1874. Link.
Beers, J.B., & Company, and Henry Whittemore. History of Middlesex County, Connecticut, with Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men. New York, NY: J.B. Beers & Company, 1884. Link.
Maynard, Barbara. Old Saybrook. Charleston,  SC: Arcadia, 2010.
Levy, Tedd. Remarkable Women of Old Saybrook. Charleson, SC: History Press, 2013.