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Mystic Seaport in Connecticut is the largest maritime museum in the USA. The seaport is a collection of 60 historic buildings and several vessels from the 1800s which have been designated National Historic Landmarks.
Mystic Seaport was one of the country’s first living history museums. As we toured the various buildings and ships, we encountered costumed craftsmen who demonstrated the art of ship building, barrel-making, etc.
We took a short cruise on the Mystic River aboard the steamboat Sabino. Sabino was built in 1908 and is one of the last survivors of the Northeastern Mosquito Fleet. We also toured the Charles W. Morgan, the 1841 whaling ship that has served as the Seaport Museum’s centerpiece since the 1940s.
After a horse-drawn carriage ride through the town, we finished our day at the Seaport’s planetarium and a program on celestial navigation.
Location: 75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, CT 06355
Designation: Museum, NRHP
Date established/designated: 1929
Date of my visit: April 20, 2012