America's Historic Towns and Oldest Places
Mystic River Bascule Bridge. Connecting the Groton side of Mystic with the Stonington side of Mystic is the famous drawbridge, built in 1922.
It is raised to allow boat traffic on a regular schedule from May 1st – October 31st at 40 min. past the hour from 7:40am – 6:40pm, otherwise on demand.
Mystic, Connecticut (estimated population of 4,200) was once a shipbuilding seaport village and a safe harbor for tall ships to weather a storm. It is considered one of the oldest towns in America. Although the first community of Mystic wasn't named until around 1665, the first settlers in the Mystic area arrived some years earlier, about 1654. Mystic celebrates that year as its founding, and in 2004 celebrated its 350th Anniversary. Today, the shoreline community with iconic Bascule Bridge is reminiscent of it’s rich maritime past, but clad with quintessential New England charm. Old sea captain’s homes dot the scenic roads along the Mystic River just outside of Downtown’s booming food and drink scene. Find out about Mystic haunted legends and spooks. The town rose to prominence as a shipbuilding center during the clipper ship. Mystic is now known for its quintessential New England charm, as well as being home to two of Connecticut's most visited attractions including the country’s largest maritime museum. Mystic, Connecticut is comprised of two towns, Groton and Stonington, separated by the Mystic River but unified by a common United States Postal Service zip code, a Fire District, and a heavily-used bridge.