Since the 1600’s Mystic, Connecticut has been renowned for the craft of shipbuilding. People from all over the world visit this historic area. Today, Mystic Seaport is America’s leading maritime museum.
In the Henry B. Dupont Preservation Shipyard ships are still being built and restored.
You can see an example of a 19th-Century fishing schooner, the L.A. Dunton (1921); historic vessels Joseph Conrad (1882) and the Roann (1947); and climb aboard to explore life on the newly restored whaling ship, the Charles W. Morgan (1841).
Visitors can stroll the lanes of this 19th-Century Seafaring Village and learn about the daily lives of the inhabitants from docents dressed as villagers from that era.
I especially enjoyed the Children’s Museum which offered many hands-on activities for children and adult children like me.
The Seaport also presents special programs and exhibits which I’ll be writing about later this week in Part II. For additional information and schedules of events, you can go to their website at http://www.mysticseaport.org