Perched at the mouth of the Connecticut River on Connecticut's "banana belt" mid-coast, beautiful Old Saybrook oozes weathered New England character and understated privilege.
The Nutmeg State became the 5th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on January 9, 1788. Although it began its history as a farming community, Connecticut's major businesses were textile and machine manufacturing by the mid-18th Century.
The state continues to be a major producer of engine parts, electronics, helicopters, and computer equipment. Hartford has become a world capital for insurance companies. Connecticut's shore also draws tourist dollars from boating enthusiasts and summer vacationers.
The Connecticut Valley lowland divides the state into two highland areas. The more rugged western highlands have the Taconic Mountains and is drained by the Housatanic and the Naugatuck. Although the state's climate is moderate, it can receive up to 45 inches of snow per year and hurricanes have caused flooding along the coastline.
Connecticut was an early adopter of the Industrial Revolution. Connecticut's first blast furnace was built in 1762. The country's first operating steel mill opened its doors in Simsbury in 1728. Thomas Sanford, resident of Beacon Falls, created the first friction match.
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