The Chester - Hadlyme Ferry, which began service in 1769, was orginally operated by Jonathan Warner who owned the land on both sides of the Connecticut River. Warner's Ferry, as it was called back then, connected King's Highway in Fort Hill, Parish of Chester to Norwich Road in Lyme. The ferry was often used throughout the Revolutionary War to transport needed supplies across the river. The Original ferry was pushed across the river using long poles. A steam-powered barge began to serve the ferry crossing in 1879. The ferry was named the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry in 1882 while it was operated by the Town of Chester. In 1917, the ferry was turned over to Connecticut Department of Transportation. The present ferry, the Selden III,was built in 1949. It is an open, self-propelled craft, 65 feet long and 30 feet wide. The vessel can accommodate 8 to 9 cars and 49 passengers. The Selden III provides a convenient, direct link between Chester and Hadlyme at Route 148.
We took this ferry to get to Gillette Castle State Park the weekend of Memorial Day. You can see the top of the outside of Gillette Castle from the ferry. There was a line, but they were able to squeeze us all on the boat. I believe it cost $6 one way to ride the ferry over, and that is for the vehicle and all passengers. I think they take cash only, so have that on hand. It's a smaller ferry and a short ride, but it still was nice to do. We were headed up to Maine and had some other stops on the way, so we didn't ride the ferry back. We saw a bird in flight, some water craft, and even an old car on the boat. I'd recommend trying this if in the area, and as a neat way to get to Gillette Castle.
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