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Digital Charles Island

About this collection

The goal of this site is to present a digital collection of Charles Island in Milford, CT in a way which tells the story of the island throughout documented time, focusing specifically on the 17th century through the present day.

Charles Island has a rich history. The island's unique story began as the purported location of Captain Kidd's buried treasure, to its days as a sprawling resort destination, a short-lived fertilizer and fish oil production plant, and later a religious retreat.

The "thrice cursed island" as some locals refer to it as, is said to be haunted and all which is built upon its shores, will crumble. And it has. All of the aforementioned enterprises were destroyed by mysterious fires, as well as financial or other ruin.

The island is still visited today and is serenely nestled within Long Island Sound, now functioning as an animal sanctuary. The island becomes accessible by walking a rocky tombolo at low-tide which serves as a vehicle to the island. As one gazes out on the horizon from the Milford mainland shore, Charles Island rests as a comfortable reminder of days gone by, a fragment in time, a far cry from it historically turbulent days. 

As this collection is school related, I am claiming Fair Use in the use of all materials, such as photos and text. Some items however, are being used in accordance with the author's permission.

 
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