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Designed in the Greek Revival style of architecture, the Smith-Harris House was a residential home. Currently standing as a museum, it is open to visitors and offers tours of the entire mansion including its surrounding gardens. Included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, it provides free access sans any admission prices.
The present structure of the library is quite modernistic with a geometric facade, when compared to the plain building it was in 1888. Then, it resembled just a big house. Nonetheless, it was and is a source of immense information. Apart from storing books, magazines, publications, it also plays host to many local events. Scrabble Club, Book Readings and other programs take place on a regular basis. Specially designed programs for children are also scheduled. The East Lyme Public Library also gives out several passes for local museums. Check out the website for further details.
Over 700 acres (283 hectares) of beachfront, marshland and wildlife preserves fill this lovely area of East Lyme along Long Island Sound. Enjoy an afternoon of hiking around and exploring the different terrains of this park. If you prefer the beach, there are lovely sandy beaches to lounge on, build a sandcastle or picnicking. From May through September, you can camp at the park or fish during the appropriate seasons.
The Dinosaur Place is a popular destination for families during the summer months and on weekends during the fall. The enjoyable park offers nearly two miles (one kilometer) of walking trails lined with 25 life-size dinosaur statues. If the walk isn't enough to tire out the kids, Monty's Playground - the on-site playground - has plenty of space to run, jump and climb around, even for toddlers. During the summer, cool down at Monty's Splashpad, a nifty zero-depth water playground that everyone can enjoy. Check the website for varying dates.
Two historic buildings namely the Joshua Hempsted House and the Nathaniel Hempsted House make up the now famous Hempstead Houses. Joshua Hempsted House being older is most documented 17th-century house in America. The house was inhabited by Joshua Hempsted right from childhood till his death. The house is thus replete with a rich history that concerns the colonial age and also throws light on the abolitionist movement. The Nathaniel Hempsted House was built in 1758 by Joshua Hempsted for his grandson Nathaniel. The Hempstead Houses is a property of the Antiquarian & Landmarks Society. Normal tours will resume in May 2010; however, tours by appointment are still carried out.
Situated on Hempstead Street, St. Sophia Hellenic Orthodox Church, is an architectural marvel. Sporting a beautiful facade, this church is nestled amidst the beautiful surroundings and is frequented by locals and tourists throughout the year. The spacious hall situated within this church is used for hosting several events like prayers and other religious services. This hall is also ideal for diverse social and cultural events.
If you seek an all rounded education that aims to broaden your horizons and face the event called life, Connecticut College is the place to be. With students coming in from all over the globe, you're sure to benefit from a culturally rich environment which fosters self-development, free thinking and growth. Choose from courses in fields like humanities, the sciences, languages, the arts, social sciences, cultural studies, environmental sciences among others. The institution promotes an all-round approach by encouraging students to partake in extra curricular activities including sporting events and cultural dos. Check website for more details.
Situated on the Huntington Street, Public Library of New London, aims at offering free access to books, photographs and other informative material on the history of New London and its people. Featuring a large collection of archives, this library serves as an important landmark and is quiet popular amongst the locals. With an extensive database, its no wonder that this library has managed to attract loads of members. To know more about the collection here, please check their website.
New London's Historic Waterfront District is a charming, New England-city gathering spot for this city of 25,700. This 26-block patch of restaurants, clubs, bars and shops is a National Register Historic District. Throughout the year, there are several events on the waterfront, such as Friday Nights in the District during winter.
Named after the then Governor Trumbull, the Fort was built in 1777. Located on a rocky plain, near the mouth of River Thames, Fort Trumbull was used as part of the defense system until after colonial times. Today, it serves as a popular tourist attraction with a huge state park surrounding the magnificent fort. Once inside, one can find cannon, artillery, gun and crew display, a mock library and more. A visit to the fort and park would take the entire day, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.
Fort Griswold overlooks the Thames River that is the primary waterway in eastern Connecticut. During the Revolutionary War, For Griswold was a key landmark during the Battle of Groton Heights in 1781 when Benedict Arnold and British troops invaded and burned New London, including what is today Groton; however the Fort was spared when the British took control of it. The property includes several other structures. The Groton Monument, a 135-foot (41-meter) and 166-step obelisk dedicated to the fort's defenders. The nearby Monument House Museum and Ebenezer Avery House present numerous Revolutionary War-themed lectures and exhibits throughout the year.
Located in the serene and lush area of Connecticut is this private art college, Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts. Here, the 200-odd students are offered degrees in painting, sculpture and illustration. The academy is popular for its stance on the importance of the study of nature and the figure which is amply seen with focus on the tradition of representational art. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. A degree from this esteemed institution will gear you to gain an entry into the coveted art world. Varied exhibitions and events like talks and art sales too take place. Check the website for further details.