Connecticut Bound: 52 Weekend Getaways

30. Yankee Ingenuity

‘So I’m a Yankee…Why I could make anything a body wanted…and if there wasn’t any quick new-fangled way to make a thing, I could invent one.’

Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court

  1. Locks and clocks were big business in Connecticut in the Industrial Revolution and you can see the largest collections of both on this getaway. The Lock Museum of America, I-84 Exit 38 in Terryville has 22,000 items tracing the history of the American lock industry.
  2. American production clocks fill the rooms of the American Clock & Watch Museum, off Rte. 6 in Bristol.
  3. Then head south to Cheshire and visit Lock #12 Historical Park on Rte. 42. The restored section of the 1828-48 Farmington Canal has a museum, lockkeepers’s house, helicoidal bridge, picnic area and a hike/bike trail.
  4. Drive south on Rte. 10 and visit the Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden and learn about the famous inventor of the cotton gin.
  5. Stay over in the New Haven area for great pizza.
  6. Next day take an old fashioned streetcar ride and the Shoreline Trolley Museum, I-95 Exits 51N/52S, in East Haven.

DRIVING TIP: Approximate driving distance between furthest points (1 & 6) is 50 miles.

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