Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford

Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford

The New London County town of Waterford is located on Long Island Sound and is bound on its west by the Niantic River and the Thames River on its east. The community incorporated from New London in 1801, and its economy consisted of fishing, trade, agriculture, and, as early as 1737, granite quarrying at Millstone Point, which took its name from its chief product. Waterford granite was also used for monuments and building materials. Today, Millstone Point is home to the state’s only nuclear power generating station. Waterford’s other landmarks include the Eugene O’Neill Memorial Theater and Harkness Memorial State Park, which includes seaside gardens and a 1906 Roman Renaissance Classical Revival-style mansion.

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