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Old Lyme, New London, Connecticut, USA
The town of Old Lyme contains several villages, including Black Hall, Laysville, Lyme, Soundview, and South Lyme.

Old Lyme, in New London County, is located in southeast Connecticut on the mouth of the Connecticut River where it meets the Long Island Sound. Formerly known as Black Hall, it separated from Saybrook in 1655. It then incorporated as South Lyme, apart from Lyme, in May of 1855, and received its current name in 1857... connecticuthistory.org

Albert Einstein had a summer home in the town of Old Lyme. courant.com



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Boxwood Manor Gardenside from Apple Orchard
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Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA

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Boxwood Manor Gardenside from Apple Orchard
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Main Throughfare, Old Lyme, Conn.
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First Congregational Church
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1855 - (Old Lyme, CT) incorporate as South Lyme, apart from Lyme, in May of 1855.

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1857 - (Old Lyme, CT) - South Lyme renamed Old Lyme

connecticuthistory.org/ towns-page/ old-lyme/
1886 - An Eagle Rang the Bell.
[New London Telegram.]

A large eagle was captured in Old Lyme on Saturday. It was of the bald-headed species, and upon its neck was securely fastened a large, old-fashioned sleigh-bell. This explains the mysterious bell-ringing which has been heard on several occasions in Niantic and Lyme by fishermen and sailors within the past few years, and for which no cause could be given.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
February 20, 1886
1895 - Old Lyme
Old Lyme, a township of New London co., Conn. Pop. 1362. It contains Lyme, Old Lyme (a village), and South Lyme. The village of Old Lyme is 4 mile from Lyme Station.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Old Lyme:
Florence Griswold Museum:

Explore the Florence Griswold Museum, a historic artist colony and boarding house turned art museum. It features a beautiful landscape, art exhibitions, and the famous "Miss Florence's Artist Trees" during the holiday season.

Lieutenant River:

Take a stroll along the Lieutenant River, which winds through Old Lyme. The serene waters and picturesque surroundings make for a peaceful and scenic walk.

Old Lyme Historic District:

Wander through the Old Lyme Historic District, known for its well-preserved colonial and Federal-style homes. It's a great way to get a sense of the town's history and architecture.

Hiking and Birdwatching:

Enjoy the great outdoors by exploring nearby hiking trails. The area offers opportunities for birdwatching, especially in the spring and fall when migratory birds pass through.

Old Lyme Inn:

Have a meal or a drink at the Old Lyme Inn. This historic inn has a charming atmosphere and a restaurant known for its... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA

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Introducing the Memories of Savin Rock ceramic postcard mug, a charming tribute to the iconic amusement park in Connecticut! This 11-ounce ceramic coffee mug is a delightful blend of nostalgia and functionality. Featuring a vintage-inspired design, the mug showcases iconic images and landmarks from Savin Rock amusement park, evoking fond memories of days gone by.   Pinterest   

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