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Thimble Islands, Branford

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The Thimble Islands is an archipelago consisting of small islands in Long Island Sound, located in and around the harbor of Stony Creek in the southeast corner of Branford, Connecticut.The archipelago of islands made up of Stony Creek pink granite bedrock were once the tops of hills prior to the last ice age. As a result, the Thimble Islands are much more stable than most other islands in Long Island Sound, which are terminal moraines of rubble deposited by retreating glaciers.HistoryKnown to the Mattabeseck Indians as Kuttomquosh, "the beautiful sea rocks," they consist of a jumble of granite rocks, ledges and outcroppings resulting from glaciation, numbering between 100 and 365 depending on where the line is drawn between an island and a mere rock. The islands serve as a rest stop for migrating seals.The first European to discover the islands was Adrian Block in 1614. Legend says that Captain Kidd buried his treasure here, causing intermittent interest among treasure hunters who believe they have unearthed a clue to its location, although more interest is generally paid to Gardiners Island, 30 miles (48 km) away.
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  • I had a wonderful time kayaking around the thimble islands seeing the wonderful shore birds and relaxing. I fond a rock and jumped into the water and it was wonderful! My friend said I am so brave. I ...  more »
  • I have gone on this boat trip with my family and friends at least two dozen times. Every single time someone comes into town if the weather is good and take him out on this boat. It is such a wonderfu...  more »
  • Took our 6 year old grandson on the boat tour it made everything more interesting Lots of questions & a different perspective  more »