|Metropolitan area||New London|
|Incorporated||February 13, 1667|
|• Type||Selectman-town meeting|
|• First selectman||David Lahm (R)|
|• Total||34.5 sq mi (89.4 km2)|
|• Land||31.9 sq mi (82.5 km2)|
|• Water||2.6 sq mi (6.8 km2)|
|Elevation||26 ft (8 m)|
|• Density||68/sq mi (26/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern)|
06371 (Old Lyme PO) and 06439 (Hadlyme PO)
|GNIS feature ID||0213453|
Lyme is a town in New London County, Connecticut, United States, situated on the eastern side of the Connecticut River. The population was 2,352 at the 2020 census. Lyme is the eponym of Lyme disease.
In February 1665, the portion of the territory of the Saybrook Colony east of the Connecticut River was set off as the plantation of East Saybrook, which included present-day Lyme, Old Lyme, and the western part of East Lyme. In 1667, the Connecticut General Court formally recognized the East Saybrook plantation as the town of Lyme, named after Lyme Regis, a coastal town in the south of England. The eastern portion of Lyme (bordering the town of Waterford) separated from Lyme in 1823 and became part of East Lyme. The southern portion of Lyme (along Long Island Sound) separated in 1855 as South Lyme (renamed Old Lyme in 1857). Both changes were consistent with the then-existing laws of the state of Connecticut.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 34.5 square miles (89 km2), of which 31.9 square miles (83 km2) are land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2), or 7.63%, are water.
- Hamburg (town center)
- North Lyme
Other minor communities and geographic areas are Becket Hill, Bill Hill, Brockway's Ferry (also known as Brockway Landing), Brush Hill, Elys Ferry, Grassy Hill, Gungy, Joshuatown, Lord Hill, Mt. Archer, Pleasant Valley, Rogers Lake West Shore, and Sterling City.
Principal bodies of water
Coves along the Connecticut River
- Hamburg Cove.
- Lord Cove (a brackish tidal marsh, fed in part by Lord, Deep, and Mack creeks).
- Selden Cove.
- Whalebone Cove (aka Hadlyme Cove or North Cove).
Lakes and ponds
- Cedar Lake ( formed by the damming of Cedar Pond Brook).
- Joshua Pond – a.k.a. Lower Pond (east of Brockways Ferry Rd; formed by the damming of Joshua Creek).
- Moulsons Pond (formed by the damming of Eightmile River).
- Norwich Pond (formed by the damming of Falls Brook).
- Rogers Lake (partly in Lyme; formed by the damming of Mill Brook).
- Uncas Pond (formed by the damming of Falls Brook).
- Upper Pond (along Tantumorantum Rd; formed by the damming of Joshua Creek).
Rivers, creeks , and brooks
- Eightmile River; a federally designated "Wild and Scenic River."
- Beaver Brook (a tributary of Eightmile River).
- Broad Swamp Brook (a tributary of Grassy Hill Brook).
- Cedar Pond Brook (a tributary of Beaver Brook).
- Cranberry Meadow Brook (a tributary of Eightmile River).
- Deep Creek (a tributary of the Connecticut River).
- East Branch Eightmile River (a tributary of Eightmile River).
- Falls Brook (a tributary of Eightmile River and Hamburg Cove).
- Grassy Hill Brook (mostly in Lyme, but crosses into Old Lyme before feeding into Rogers Lake).
- Hemlock Valley Brook (a tributary of Whalebone Creek).
- Hungerford Brook (a tributary of Whalebone Creek).
- Joshua Creek – a.k.a. Rams Horn Creek (a tributary of the Connecticut River).
- Lord Creek (a tributary of the Connecticut River).
- Mack Creek (a tributary of the Connecticut River).
- Mill Brook (enters Rogers Lake in Lyme and exits the lake in Old Lyme; a tributary of the Lieutenant River).
- Roaring Brook (a tributary of Whalebone Creek).
- Selden Creek (a tributary of the Connecticut River).
- Whalebone Creek (mouth is located at the head of Whalebone Cove).
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the 2020 census, Lyme had a population of 2,352.
As of the 2010 census, Lyme had a population of 2,406. Its racial and ethnic makeup was 96.5% non-Hispanic white, 0.1% non-Hispanic black, 0.1% non-Hispanic Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.1% non-Hispanic from some other race, 0.6% from two or more races and 1.7% Hispanic or Latino.
|Voter registration and party enrollment as of November 1, 2022.|
|Party||Active voters||Inactive voters||Total voters||Percentage|
According to the United States Census Bureau, as of 2017 the largest (those over 1% of the population) self-identified ancestry/ethnic groups in Lyme were:
|Largest ancestries (2017)||Percent|
Civic and fraternal
- Hadlyme Public Hall (63 Ferry Road)
- Lyme Consolidated School (478 Hamburg Road)
- Lyme Grange Hall (2 Sterling City Road)
- Lyme Public Hall Association (249 Hamburg Road)
- Lyme Public Library (482 Hamburg Road)
- Lyme Volunteer Fire Co. Hadlyme Station (Norwich Salem Road)
- Lyme Volunteer Fire Co. Lyme Station (213 Hamburg Road)
- Hadlyme Ferry Boat Launch (154 Ferry Road)
- Hadlyme Post Office (1 Ferry Road)
- Lyme Town Hall (480 Hamburg Road)
- The First Congregational Church of Lyme (Sterling City Road)
Points of interest
State parks and forests
On the National Register of Historic Places
- Cooper Site, added November 15, 1987.
- Gillette Castle (partly in Lyme), added July 31, 1986.
- Hadlyme Ferry Historic District, added December 21, 1994.
- Hamburg Bridge Historic District (Joshuatown Road and Old Hamburg Road), added April 10, 1983.
- Hamburg Cove Site, added November 15, 1987.
- Lord Cove Site, added November 15, 1987.
- Selden Island Site, added November 15, 1987.
The Estuary Transit District provides public transportation throughout Lyme and the surrounding towns through its 9 Town Transit Service. Services include connections to Old Saybrook station, served by Amtrak and Shore Line East railroads.
Lyme in literature, art, and film
- Sleep, Andy Warhol's 1964 movie, was filmed in Lyme.
- Robert Ballard (born 1942), lives in Lyme; oceanographer
- Joan Bennett (1910–1990), buried in Lyme; film and television actress
- Hiel Brockway (died 1842), born in Lyme; founder of Brockport, New York
- Zebulon Brockway (1827–1920), born in Lyme; penologist; "Father of prison reform" in the United States
- Daniel Chadwick (1825–1884), born in Lyme; lawyer and politician
- Donald Barr Chidsey (1902–1981), lived in Lyme for many years; novelist and historian
- Wequash Cooke (died 1642), buried in Lyme; Native American leader
- William Diard (1924–2009), retired to Lyme and died there; operatic tenor
- Dominick Dunne (1925–2009), owned a house in Lyme (Hadlyme); author, journalist, and film producer
- John Ely (1737–1800), born in Lyme; surgeon and colonel in the American Revolution
- Walker Evans (1903–1975), lived in Lyme 1940s to 1975; photographer
- Gladys Kelley Fitch (1896–1971), lived in Lyme; artist; member Old Lyme Art Colony
- Matthew Griswold (1714–1799), born in Lyme; governor of Connecticut (1784–1786)
- Roger Griswold (1762–1812), born in Lyme; son of Mathew; US congressman (1785–1805), governor of Connecticut (1811–1812)
- Roger Hilsman (1919–2014), lived in Lyme; member Lyme Democratic Committee; World War II hero, diplomat, and author
- Harry Holtzman (1912–1987), lived in Lyme; abstract artist
- Stephen Johnson (1724–1786), minister Lyme First Congregational; pamphleteer
- Ezra Lee (1749–1821), born in Lyme; commander of the Turtle submarine during the Revolutionary War, and world's first submariner
- Beatrice Lillie (1894–1989), lived on Grassy Hill Rd, Lyme in the 1970s; Canadian-born actress
- Abijah Perkins Marvin (1813–1889), born in Lyme; minister, writer, and teacher; member of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention of 1853
- Dudley Marvin (1786–1856), born in Lyme; New York congressman
- Charles J. McCurdy (1797–1891), born and died in Lyme; Lt. Governor of Connecticut
- William Brown Meloney (1905–1971) and Rose Franken (1895–1988), lived in Lyme; husband-wife writing and play production team
- Robert Mulligan (1925–2008), died at home in Lyme; film director; directed To Kill a Mockingbird
- Jonathan Parsons (1705–1776), Lyme clergyman
- Samuel Holden Parsons (1737–1789), born in Lyme; brigadier general in the Continental Army during the American Revolution
- Jedediah Peck (1748–1821), born in Lyme; "Father of the Common School System" in New York state
- John Sill Rogers (1796–1860), born in Lyme; physician and politician
- Timothy Rogers (1756-1834), born in Lyme; Quaker leader and founder of Newmarket and Pickering, Ontario in Canada.
- Sewell Sillman (1924–1992), lived in Lyme and died there; painter, educator, and art print publisher
- Ansel Sterling (1782–1853), born in Lyme; congressman from Connecticut
- Micah Sterling (1784–1844), born in Lyme; congressman from New York
- Allen Tucker (1838–1903), born in Lyme; Medal of Honor recipient in the American Civil War
- Henry Matson Waite (1787–1869), born in Lyme; Chief Justice of Connecticut Supreme Court
- Morrison Remick Waite (1816–1888), born in Lyme; Chief Justice of the United States
- "Census - Geography Profile: Lyme town, New London County, Connecticut". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 17, 2021.
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- 2010 census report on Lyme
- "Party enrollment statistics" (PDF). CT Secretary of State. Retrieved November 13, 2022.
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