Mystic River Scale Model

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Mystic River Scale Model

What did the Mystic River area look like in 1870? This spectacular model, over 50-feet long, is built to the scale of 3/32 inch=1 foot, or 1/128th. It provides Museum visitors with a dramatic bird’s-eye view of history. After years of continuing research and construction, the model features more than 250 detailed dwellings, shops, barns and lofts, as well as five local shipyards. At the Greenman Brothers’ yard (on the current site of Mystic Seaport) the record-breaking clipper David Crockett is on the ways and other vessels lie in the water or at dockside all along the river.

Sound-and-light shows help visitors understand what went on in the active communities of Mystic River (in the Town of Groton) and Mystic Bridge (in the Town of Stonington) during the height of shipbuilding, between about 1850 and 1880.

The scale model has been evolving since 1958. Some of the original volunteer model builders are still at work on it.