The Stratford Point Lighthouse was guiding sailors near the mouth of the Housatonic River since the late 1800s, but the maritime history of the Point stretches back much further.
Jack's Brook, a lively tributary of the Shepaug River in Western Connecticut, is found snaking through a rock-strewn glen on a spring morning as lush riverside skunk cabbage jostles in the breeze.
To be at Point Judith on that February morning at dawn, seeing it entombed in snow and ice and raked by frigid winds, I found a renewed appreciation for the brutal elements endured by mariners of old.
"Mud Season" is the term for this time of year in New England: that month-long stretch in early spring when melting snows produces a thick slurry of mud upon the landscape.
The Lynde Point Lighthouse stands sentinel on Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Connecticut River, its column of neatly stacked windows peering towards the sea from a 65-foot brownstone tower.
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