Welcome to our Homes!
East Lyme has always been a great place to live and we’re lucky that past settlers left a legacy of names, homes and traditions for us to enjoy.
Hike the Oswegatchie Hills or walk the shores of Niantic Bay and Lake Pattagansett and you’re visiting the winter and summer campgrounds of East Lyme’s first residents, the Nehantic Indians.
Visit the 1660 saltbox home of Thomas Lee and the 1734 Little Boston School, both on West Main Street, and you’re a young settler – and student – in Connecticut colony.
Trek up Bride Brook Road to Plants Dam Road to find the 18th century gambrel-roofed Samuel Smith Farmstead and check out how local farmers worked the land and the sea in our infant nation.
Then follow Society Road to the Greek revival house and barn at Brookside Farm Museum. Have a picnic on the grounds and imagine working here at the turn of the 20th century when the surrounding 300 acres of library, sports fields and schools were under plow, and Brookside Farm delivered fresh produce and dairy products door-to-door not only to year-round East Lyme residents but also to members of the rapidly growing Flanders “entertainment resorts” and Niantic “summer communities.”
All three East Lyme Historic Properties are open in summer and for special events throughout the year. Details can be found at the Historical Properties web sites below.
And welcome to our homes!
- Brookside Farm Museum
- East Lyme Cemetery Association – (860) 691-1391, PO Box 84, Niantic, CT 06357
- Historical Properties Inventory
- History In the Making (East Lyme High School Students’ Blog)
- Samuel Smith House & Farmstead
- Thomas Lee House & Little Boston School House