One of the things that make living in New England tolerable is being surrounded by history. The United States “grew up” on the eastern seaboard and New England in particular has a rich maritime history. Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT celebrates this history and makes it come alive for visitors. The seaport presents as a working whaling village from the 1840’s and has historical interpreters, museums and artifacts from all eras and it is an effective representation of life in an 1840’s seaport.
In addition to its static displays, the seaport is home to a number of historic ships, some of them serve as live-aboard schools for those seeking to learn more about America’s seafaring history. The Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaling ship in existence, is the seaport’s best known resident, but a number of other vessels, large and small, wait to be explored as well.
Mystic Seaport is home to many of the few shipwrights who still know how to work on these old tall ships, and in addition to being a museum, the seaport is an active shipyard as well. It has all the facilities, including a dry dock, that were present in Mystic’s heyday and they are active year round, performing preservation work on historic ships and working on new ones.
If you have the slightest interest in history, especially maritime history, Mystic Seaport is worth your time to visit. Plan to spend the day if you really want to see everything.