Compiled by Rebecca Furer
Relief from the city heat, cool ocean breezes,
strolls along the boardwalk, refreshing salt-water bathing, boating
excursions, seafood dinners and evening concerts in the bandstand.
In their heyday from the 1890s until the outbreak of World War
I, Connecticuts seaside resorts offered everything summer
vacationers and day-trippers could have desired. Since the middle
of the 19th century people of every race and class have sought
the relief and enjoyment of a summer day on the beaches of Connecticut,
arriving on steamers and trains, in carriages and trolley cars,
and eventually by family automobile. Connecticuts shoreline,
both a source of conflictwith struggles over beach rights
and access dating back to the 19th centuryand a source of
pleasure and relaxation, remains one of the states greatest
resources for residents and visitors.