July 23, 2014
By TINA BACHETTI | Hartford Courant
HOW IT GOT ITS NAME: In 1631, the British, to prevent occupation of the area by Dutch settlers, granted a deed to several Englishmen, including Viscount Saye and Lord Brooke. Their combined names were given to the locality in 1636, the oldest English town name in the state. Saybrook was eventually broken up into several towns; Old Saybrook was incorporated on July 8, 1854.
DID YOU KNOW? The world's first functioning submarine was invented in 1776 in Saybrook by David Bushnell. He named it the "Turtle" because of the way it rested in the water. Bushnell abandoned the sub after several unsuccessful attempts to blow up British vessels. A replica of the Turtle is on display at the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.
FAMOUS RESIDENTS: Katharine Hepburn, Academy Award-winning actress; Vin Baker, former NBA player; E.E. Schattschneider, noted political scientist; and John Clellon Holmes, a Beat novelist and Jack Kerouac's lifelong friend.
SOURCES: Old Saybrook Historical Society; The Hartford Courant; Naval Historical Center