Photo by Salt Water New England

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Around Chester, Connecticut and the Hadlyme Ferry

Photos by Salt Water New England

Combining a current art culture with traditional architecture, at both personal and municipal scales, has a mixed record.  Chester, down the river from the Goodspeed Opera House, however (as with Wellesley, Camden, and the dearly missed apartments above Carnegie Hall) does it as seamlessly as anywhere.

The Seldon III is now over sixty years old.  The keel was laid down in 1949, and she went into service in 1950.  (Original Photographs from Archives - 1965)


  1. Wonderful! I almost feel like I spent the day there! I enjoyed the then-and-now photos of Hadlyme Ferry.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing your pictures. I loved each and every photo, it was as if I was there myself!

  3. Glenn Close says that's where the Stepford Wives come from .

  4. OMG. This is just incredible. Thanks for posting!

  5. Oh, so beautiful--makes the heat in Memphis more bearable just looking at these.

  6. Although I'm from New London, I've always found something very magical about this particular part of SE Connecticut. Somehow feels more like rural England than anywhere else in the area. Very fairy, garland, Morris-dancing-like atmosphere to the flora, not just the architecture.

    I have to ask, though, in which archive are those photos of the Hadlyme Ferryfrom 1965? I sent it to my dad, who was born in West Hartford about 6 years before and his family had a VW bus just like this one. He's pretty confident that's his twin brother in the windshield! Would love to know more info.