The nation’s oldest ferry service was launched in 1655 and still carries passengers and vehicles across the Connecticut River. The colorful story of these historic boats will be the focus of a Seymour Historical Society program. In all, more than 100 boats have worked the river, with the earliest propelled by poles and later models powered by horses and steam engines. In this program, Connecticut historian Wick Griswold – co-author of the book “Connecticut River Ferries” -- will tell tales of captains, crews and well-known passengers. Audience members will learn how Captain Ham Sandwich got his name and how a female captain befriended a famous actress who was a frequent rider. And finally, you’ll learn how the ferry service has managed to survive in a modern world where, after all, the river can be easily crossed on any number of concrete and steel bridges


  • Occurs Sunday, August 25th, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm


Seymour Historical Society

59 West Street
Seymour, CT 06483


Paul Sussman

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