Lyme & Old Lyme
Saybrook was a colony established at the mouth of the Connecticut River in 1635 during what has been called the Great Migration, when English religious nonconformists and Separatists fled from King Charles I’s reign as religious conflict worsened. As the colony grew, the town of Lyme was set off from Saybrook, which is on the west bank of the mouth of the Connecticut River. In 1855, South Lyme was later incorporated from Lyme. It was renamed Old Lyme because it contains the oldest-settled portion of the “Lymes”.
The town is intensely committed to preserving its agricultural heritage and small town quality of life. Its residents enjoy the unspoiled beauty associated with an earlier time in New England. Parks and preserves with miles of trails and passive recreation opportunities are open to all.
To the south, Old Lyme occupies about 27 square miles of shoreline, tidal marsh, inland wetlands and forested hills. Other place names from the same root are Hadlyme (between Lyme and East Haddam) and South Lyme (a beach resort area). The place name derives from Lyme Regis, a small port on the coast of Dorset, England, from which it is believed the early settlers migrated in the 17th century.