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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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  • October 2, 2017
    I took the boat tour as a child, and found myself on it 50 years later. The Thimbles are a time-warp, and the boat captain does a fine job narrating and answering questions. The shoreline neighborhood...  more »
  • September 22, 2017
    We took the tour of the Thimble Islands and it was just fabulous. The guide provided history of the Islands and the homes that have been built. As we cruised along there were people sitting on their b...  more »
  • September 18, 2017
    If you are ever in the area this is a must stop. Never knew these islands existed off the coast of CT. You will especially enjoy them if you are an architect buff. The boat rides are nice a bit crowde...  more »

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