Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme

Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme – Jerry Dougherty

East Lyme, in New London County, is located in the southeastern part of the state on Long Island Sound. Formed from parts of Lyme and Waterford and incorporated as a town in 1839, East Lyme includes two villages, Flanders in the northern part of town and Niantic along the coast. Fishing, shipyards, and quarries were the major industries until the railroad came through in 1851 and East Lyme’s shoreline and beaches became attractive places for summer homes and recreation—an attribute the area still retains today. Rocky Neck State Park and a portion of Nehantic State Forest lie within East Lyme’s borders.

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