The Mystic River Bascule Bridge, the oldest of its kind in the United States turns 100 this summer! This famous Bridge has had a long history dating back to the 1800’s, but the current Bridge (Bascule Bridge stands for a moveable bridge with a counterweight that continually balances a span or leaf), was first opened on July 19, 1922! One of the top 5 reasons visitors come to Mystic every year, the Bascule Bridge has been connecting communities such as Groton and Stonington for a century, while also providing a landing place for the towns and the people who represent the Mystic Region. For the 100’s of members that represent the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, we can’t wait to begin this once in a lifetime celebration!
Beginning in April 2022, the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, the Mystic River Historical Society, and Foxwoods Resort Casino are partnering with a host of for-profit and non-profit organizations to commemorate the Mystic Bascule Bridge’s 100th Year! Events will occur all Spring and Summer leading to a ceremony, dedication, and Fireworks Display over the Mystic River on October 15, 2022.
October 15th Celebration
Saturday, October 15th is the official Bridge Anniversary Dedication and Fireworks Celebration! Head to Mystic River Park at 2pm and be a part of history as community leaders and special guests honor the oldest Bascule Bridge in the United States. Then, grab your camera and meet us along the banks of the Mystic River where our Fireworks Celebration, sponsored by Foxwoods Resort Casino, takes place at 8:15pm.
Mystic Chamber Bascule Bridge Visitor Center
The Owners of the Whaler’s Inn Mystic have generously donated the former Mystical Toys building at the base of the Bascule Bridge in Stonington to the GMCC for use as a Visitor’s Center through Fall 2022. The space is open to the public complete with a poster presentation/historical perspective of the Mystic Bascule Bridge, a fun trivia display for both kids and adults, and Signature Bridge Anniversary Items for purchase,
As part of the commitment to this event and the local community, Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce have created a scholarship program available to incoming high school seniors from the four neighboring schools around Mystic: Stonington High School, Fitch High School, Grasso Technical High School and Westerly High School in Rhode Island.
The Bridge Trail
The Bridge Trail is made up of stores and businesses who have
dedicated a portion of the sales on one of their products to help defray
the expenses of Bridge Anniversary events AND help build the Bridge
Scholarship Fund available to High School Students at Stonington High School, Fitch High School, and Westerly High School.
To celebrate the Bridge Birthday, we want to see you photos of the Bascule Bridge. The images can be from anytime time period, but must have the bridge in it. Submit your photos via email (email@example.com). All who have photos accepted will be entered to win great prizes.
Winner will be drawn on July 19, August 15, September 15 and October 15. Winner each time will receive a Two Night Stay at the Mystic Hilton, including breakfast each morning. In addition, winner will receive the executive set of bridge pint glasses, t-shirt, souvenir guide, and anniversary chocolate bars.
Mystic by the Sea Is the Best Place to Be
is a children's book written by Mystic’s own bestselling author, Tish Rabe. The book stars a friendly family of seagulls, Mason, Marina and their little seagulls Misty and Marco, who introduce kids and families to this famous, historic town. Every day the seagulls visit all the popular local sites including Mystic Aquarium, the Mystic Seaport Museum, the Submarine Base and more. Colorful, fanciful illustrations by Italian illustrator Andrea Boatta bring joy and magic to every page. From Denison, the cheerful octopus who safely works the Bascule Bridge, to giraffes on Main Street and sheep at the Seaport, her imaginative drawings capture the fun of this coastal town and celebrate the diversity of the international visitors who make Mystic one of their favorite destinations. Ages: 4-8 Price 8.99
Centennial Celebration of the Mystic Bascule Bridge
A Souvenir guide
This 56 page souvenir guide was written and put together by the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, Mystic River Historical Society and Bridge Marketing. It contains a dozen articles about the bridge, it's history, bridge tenders and Mystic Life with the bridge. Click the button below to order the magazine for $15 delivered.