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
- 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.
- American production clocks fill the rooms of the American Clock & Watch Museum, off Rte. 6 in Bristol.
- 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.
- Drive south on Rte. 10 and visit the Eli Whitney Museum in Hamden and learn about the famous inventor of the cotton gin.
- Stay over in the New Haven area for great pizza.
- 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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