Stony Creek (Branford)
Stony Creek is a coastal village located in Branford, Connecticut which has several unique attractions: the Thimble Islands, the Stony Creek Puppet House (now known as the Legacy Theatre), antique store Stony Creek Depot and the Stony Creek Museum as well as a small public beach, town docks with boat launch, playground and public library.
Stony Creek is in the southeastern section of Branford, centered on a harbor on Long Island Sound. Stony Creek has the ambience of a small seaside village which retains its roots as a summer vacation location with old Victorian hotels and a working granite quarry. It is known for the Thimble Islands an archipelago of glacial rocks, ranging from 17 acres (6.9 ha) down to stepping-stone size, at the harbor's mouth. Despite their small size, they possess a wealth of history and local lore, as well as providing pleasant scenery. The islands are privately owned but visitors may get an up-close view via several tour boats which run in the spring, summer and autumn.
Stony Creek is home to the all-male Stony Creek Fife & Drum Corps, and the only all-female fife and drum corps, Totoket Ancient Fife & Drum Corps. A large quarry is still working and supplies the distinctive pink/orange Stony Creek granite. This granite was used for the Brooklyn Bridge, the Stony Creek Library, and the newest House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
There are a few retail shops and small eateries in the village. The village traffic is seasonal and peaks between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
- Wilson H. Faude, Hidden History of Connecticut, page 48, 2010, isbn=1596293195
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