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Mystic walking tours include the Mayflower?

Yes, the Mayflower (II) is in Mystic.  Why?  Because the Mystic Seaport Museum has an elite wooden shipbuilding center that was chosen to prepare the Mayflower for its 400 year birthday sail! In case…

Understanding Mystic and New England

We have several reasons we start our guided tours of Mystic at the Spicer Mansion.  First of all it’s a beautiful, recently restored classic example of a sea captain’s mansion.  The views from…

Mystic Walking tours…..yes they exist

Well I’ve been runnning Mystic walking tours for 90 days now (more as the weather has improved)….so yes, Mystic walking tours exist.  Several visitors have told me they struggled to find a guided tour…

First Food Tour of Mystic, Noank, Stonington (history included!)

History tour with food included?  Or Food tour with history included?  Take your pick.  The very first Mystic Revealed “3 Seacoast Villages” food tour of Noank, Stonington and Mystic was blessed by a…

Round the Horn records by Clipper Ships, take your pick

There’s gold in California!  That discovery in 1849 had huge repercussions across the country.  In New England it meant ship builders and mariners needed to figure out how to get there (and back) quicker!  The golden age of Clipper Ships, that “clipped” time off the journey from…

Elihu Spicer and the Spicer Mansion

The Spicer Mansion, a true local treasure If you drive around this area you’ll see the name Spicer all over.  There’s Spicer Street, Spicer Marina, Spicer Propane, The Mystic/Noank Spicer Library — and an incredibly cool Spicer Mansion.   Many of our tours feature an exclusive insider view…

Rounding the horn, what’s the big deal?

Heck, Captain Joseph Holmes rounded it 84 times, how bad could it be? Between 1850 and 1900 at least 100 ships were lost with all hands.  That’s a lotta ships. Until the Panama Canal was built (1914), ships moving…

Helluva seafaring family, the Holmes of Mystic

When you take your walking tour of Mystic, you’ll likely cross Holmes Street at some point.  When you do, think about this extraordinary seafaring father/son duo.  In a previous post on “Badass Sea Captains”,  I mentioned Joseph Warren Holmes…

Family things to do in Mystic….bringing history alive

Mystic’s small size and unique character make it a place where history can be seen in a manageable way for the whole family.  The very first European explorers and settlers came to New England….