Early in the 1600s the welcoming town of East Lyme was part of what was known as Saybrook Plantation. It became an independent town in 1768. Today it is a popular vacation location. It has 11 miles of coastline with numerous summer activities and water sports available.
Cute summer cottages mix together with large fine homes along the shore. Connecticut's oldest frame house, which dates back to 1660 is located here as well as many other historical structures. The Smith Harris House is now maintained as a museum by the town.
The section of East Lyme called Niantic is home to Rocky Neck state park. The park covers 700 acres, has a superb public beach, picnic grounds and fishing areas. Inland the Nehantic State Forest Reserve has more than 3,500 acres of protected land for outdoor recreation including hiking, horse-back riding and mountain biking.
The coastal location of East Lyme plays prominent a part in its economy. Boating and sport fishing are some of the primary enterprises in town.