Originally part of the Saybrook Colony, which formally joined Connecticut in 1644, Deep River is one of several towns that originally made up the colony. Renamed in 1947, Deep River is located in Middlesex County. Its historical roots are still evident, as several sites – including the Deep River Town Hall, Freight Station, the Doris (a sailing yacht), and the Pratt, Read and Company Factory Complex – are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Deep River Muster is the oldest and largest gathering of fife and drum participants in the world.
Once called the “Queen of the Valley” due to wealth from the ivory industry, Deep River imported ivory from 1840 – 1940, to make items such as combs, billiard balls, but most profitable was the piano keys. The Town has now stepped up to help save the endangered African Elephant. A large statue of an elephant stands outside the Deep River Town Hall with a plaque honoring the majestic animal.
Deep River has gained fame as the location of the Deep River Ancient Muster. First held in 1879 and now annually on the third Saturday of July, the Muster is the oldest and largest gathering of fife and drum participants in the world. The weekend includes a tattoo (fife and drum competition), parade, and muster, with the muster listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest such event in the world.
Located along the beautiful Connecticut River, Deep River offers the best of the past, the present and the future with its rich history and appealing location. Considered by some to be one of Connecticut’s well kept secrets, Deep River offers fine dining, diverse entertainment, and comfortable living to residents and visitors.