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Mystic food tours with a healthy dash of maritime history

Mystic River Historical Association

Our Mystic food tours are infused with the rich maritime history of this area. Many of the places you’ll visit were the sites of shipyards and naval battles, or the homes of sea captains or early settlers. The walls can’t talk, but our we can, and you’ll hear colorful stories about Mystic’s unique history.

If you were a young man lured to California by the gold rush of 1849, you may have sailed in a majestic, sleekly designed Clipper Ship built right here on the Mystic River. Yes, in about 3 months you would “round the horn” of South America and make your way up to the west coast of America to seek your fortune.

If you were adventurous enough to leave home and seek your fortune at sea, there was a large fleet of sealing and whaling ships that sailed from Mystic and nearby New London. Whale oil lit the homes of New England and the growing mid-continent up until the discovery of oil in the latter part of the 19th century.

The most comprehensive American collection of maritime historical material Is housed at the nearby Mystic Seaport. There wooden shipbuilding is alive and well, and the centerpiece is the only remaining wooden whaling vessel in the world: The Charles W. Morgan.

You’ll hear these stories and more as you nibble on local delicacies, sip local concoctions and view stunning seaside vistas on a local-guided Mystic food tour.

For a unique walking tour, food tour, historic tour or guided tour of Mystic, Stonington or Noank, please contact [email protected] the founder of Mystic Revealed.