When one thinks of lighthouses, the state of Connecticut is probably not the first to come to mind but there are actually 21 lighthouses on the coastline of little ‘old Connecticut. Plus there is a new replica at Old Saybrook Point where hurricane Sandy laid waste to the Dock and Dine restaurant and wiped out the previous mini-golf course. The mini-golf course is back and better than ever with and outstanding looking course full of local landmarks but the old Dock and Dine remains as a empty spot in the parking lot.
Old Saybrook has two lighthouses but unfortunately neither one is very accessible. Saybrook Breakwater (Saybrook Outer) according to the The Notice of Availability clearly states that the lighthouse can only be reached by boat and that access is via a ladder affixed to the base of the tower. The other Old Saybrook lighthouse is in the Fenwick neighborhood. The Lynde Point Lighthouse was automated in 1975, although it continues to be manned to prevent vandalism. The road to the lighthouse is not open to the public, unfortunately. The surrounding neighborhood is quite exclusive and counted the late Katherine Hepburn as one of its residents for many years. Needless to say this wealthy enclave doesn’t not want a bunch of lighthouse fans lollygagging around their links golf course.
The above image by fine art photographer, Edward M. Fielding is a fantasy composite using images taken at Harvey’s Beach and at the replica lighthouse from Saybrook Point. Unless you have a boat, this is the closest one will get to the lighthouses of Old Saybrook.
Lighthouses of Connecticut: