Whenever I cross the Swing Bridge into East Haddam, I smile, especially if the top is down on my Fiat Spider. I love our beautiful landscape, the proximity to water everywhere, and the four distinct seasons of the year. Autumn is probably my favorite time.

I was delighted to learn many years ago that the writers of Yankee Magazine have a high opinion of East Haddam in the fall. We often rank as one of New England’s top twenty-five foliage towns. Here is an excerpt about East Haddam from a September issue years ago. “Water and leaves perform a charming pas de deux (French term for dance) here every autumn, from the picturesque reflections in the Connecticut River to the brilliant counterpoint of the cascading brooks and waterfalls of Devil’s Hopyard State Park. Don’t miss the medieval whimsy of Gillette Castle, created by an eccentric actor, who also laid hiking trails through tunnels and over stone bridges on the surrounding estate.” 

Climate change and our summer drought will postpone Connecticut’s peak foliage season this year, pushing it to the last week of October. In the meantime, click here for a slideshow of our campus in autumn. I think you will agree that Franklin Academy is a beautiful place to live and learn.