Located in the Middlesex County, the Town of Haddam was established in 1668 and named after the English village of Much Hadham. There is an estimated population of 8,338 as of the 2015 U.S. Census. Haddam is home to Cockaponset State Forest, and is the only town in Connecticut divided by the Connecticut River. There are currently five villages in Haddam; Hidden lake, Higganum, Shailerville, Tylervillle, and Haddam Neck.
Haddam has total area of about 46.2 square miles, with the majority of the villages on the eastern side. There are two rivers that run through Haddam, the Connecticut River and the Salmon River, both which offer lots of fun family resources such as camping, swimming, and fishing.
Haddam provides a large quantity of public services such as Animal Control, Public Works, Transfer Station, Tax Collectors, Human Resources and much more. Below are some of the key resources for safety and building.
Part of the Regional District 17, Haddam currently has hosts three of the five schools in that district. They are the Haddam Elementary School, located in Higganum; Burr District Elementary School, located in Higganum; and finally the Haddam-Killingworth High school, which is for all students from the grade 9 and up.
Gillette Castle sits high above the Connecticut River in the town of East Haddam and Lyme. The castle was originally the home of William Gillette, who was an American Actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes on stage. It is estimated that an average of 30,000 people visit the castle per year and was recently renovated in 2002. With some of the renovations there is now a museum, hiking trails and a picnic area overlooking the Connecticut River.
Open Thursday - Sunday from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day Gillettes Castle charges a fee of $6 per person over the age of 13 and $2 for ages 6-12 for Castle Tours only. Hiking trails are free of charge, with the park closing at sunset year round.
Weekday fees are $9 for residents and $15 for non-residents. After 4pm the fees are reduced to $6 for residents and $7 for non-residents.
This award winning opera house dates back to 1963, with over 250 production of musicals, including over 70 world premieres and 21 exported productions to Broadway. Goodspeed was the first regional theater in America to earn two special Tony Awards. Today, Goodspeed hosts over 400 performances from the month of April to December.
Play schedules change, as do showings throughout the seasons. To see the latest showing and ticket prices, refer to the Goodspeed Opera House main website.
Located right off the Connecticut River, the Gelston house offers a traditional fine dining menu with daily food and cocktail specials. Perfect for a date night or business meeting.
Italian for 'The Tasty Life', this restaurant is a fun family friendly restaurant serving a traditional Italian menu at affordable prices. La Vita Gustosa is also home to the shorelines best open mic night around, perfect for the musician who would like to have their original music heard.
With only a few years into their opening, Steady Habit is quickly making a name for itself. For all the beer connoisseurs out there, Steady Habit offers a variety of IPA's, Stouts, Porters and occasional collaborations with other Connecticut breweries. Come for the drinks, stay for a tour of the brewery.
Great burgers and salads with an amazing view of the Connecticut River. The Blue Oar is a B.Y.O.B. establishment situated within a boat yard for those who want to stop by and grab a bite to eat after a day out on the boat.