Mason's Island

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This article is about the Mason's Island in Connecticut. For the island formerly known as Mason's Island that was owned by George Mason, see Theodore Roosevelt Island.
Mason's Island aerial view
Mason's island circa 1950
Mason's Island
Mason's Island is located in Connecticut
Mason's Island
Mason's Island
Geography
Location Long Island Sound
Coordinates 41°19′56″N 71°58′5″W / 41.33222°N 71.96806°W / 41.33222; -71.96806
Length 1.2 mi (1.9 km)
Width .8 mi (1.3 km)
Administration
United States
State Connecticut
County New London
City Stonington
Additional information
600 Acres
Mason's Island Camp Colony

Mason's Island (Algonquin: Chippachaug - meaning: a separated place); an inhabited island at the mouth of the Mystic River, in Stonington, Connecticut. The island was named after Major John Mason who was granted the island in recognition for his military services in the 1637 Pequot War in nearby Mystic.[1] This island remained in the Mason family for over 250 years from 1651 to 1913. Since then the Allyn family have been stewards of this special place and most of the island is owned by the Mason's Island Company and regulated by property deeds under the Mason's Island Property Owners Association (MIPOA). The Mason's Island Marina and the Mystic River Marina are located on the north end of the island. Mason's Island is connected to the mainland by a causeway.

Geography[edit]

The island is approximately 600 acres in area overall, being 1.2 miles (2 km) in length North-South and 0.8 miles (1.2 km) in width East-West and is formed by solid granite bedrock. A quarry supplying rough granite for breakwaters (e.g. at Newport, Rhode Island) was located at Pine Hill on the northwestern side of the island.[2]

There is a 47-acre (190,000 m2) nature preserve located in about the middle of the island. This nature preserve features a large salt marsh with surrounding woods that can be accessed by multiple trails. In the southern end of the island there is a large fresh water pond that was formerly used for harvesting ice.[3]

See also[edit]

  • Ram Island is an island located close to Mason's Island.
  • Enders Island is an island connected to Mason's Island by a causeway.
  • Fishers Island is an island located close to Mason's Island.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haynes records 1651: Connecticut granted Chippachaug (Mason's Island) to Major John Mason, who defeated the Pequots.
  2. ^ Haynes, William. Stonington chronology 1649-1976: Being a year-by-year record of the American way of life in a Connecticut town. (2nd Ed. 1976), Pequot press, ISBN 0-87106-059-0
  3. ^ MIPOA Accessed January 25, 2009.

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Coordinates: 41°19′57″N 71°58′06″W / 41.332482°N 71.96826°W / 41.332482; -71.96826