Archive for the ‘Rocky Hill Ferry’ Category

CT DOT Proposes Fare Doubling on Ferries

May 9, 2013

Have you heard about the current Connecticut DOT proposal to double fares on the Chester-Hadlyme & Rocky Hill-Glastonbury ferries?

Instead, Connecticut DOT should consider other alternatives to increase revenues that have been proposed by members of the communities served by the two historic ferries.

A petition drive is underway where signers can express their opposition to the DOT proposal. Here is link to the petition

According to Ed Chiucarello, of the Rocky Hill Riverfront Preservation Society, a public meeting with the DOT about the fare increase to held at Rocky Hill Community Center, Room 1, on May 20th at 6:30PM.

These are the fares currently charged at the Rocky Hill/Glastonbury ferry:

$3.00 Per Vehicle(Car,SUV,Truck,Motorcycle or Similar)
 $2.00 Commuter Rate
(Requires Pre-Purchased Commuter Coupons)
 $1.00 Walk on Rate for Pedestrians and Bicyclist

 Rocky Hill Ferry

A New History of Rocky Hill by Rafaele Fierro

July 3, 2012

Just published on the Wethersfield Historical Society website:

Rocky Hill: A History by Rafaele Fierro

It was only a matter of time. Rocky Hill citizens since the 1820s had been petitioning the Connecticut General Assembly to become a separate town. Now in 1843 the residents of Wethersfield’s “Lower Community,” known since 1722 as Stepney Parish, took up the issue anew but with more vigor and in more numbers. Town leader Elias W. Robbins led this local independence movement, which succeeded by June of 1843. Rocky Hill would be the new town’s official name and henceforth would become known as the “political daughter of Wethersfield” to its north. Rocky Hill was not unique in its quest for and success in separation. Two other towns–Glastonbury and Newington–also emerged from Wethersfield.

And today, out of the 169 incorporated towns in Connecticut, more than half were created when they split from their “mothers.” Indeed, between 1820 and 1850, the state’s General Assembly incorporated 13 new towns, including Rocky Hill, one steeped in tradition and history, and created as much by nature’s fury as by the power of Connecticut’s legislative body…(left Philip Goffe House)

Men like Goffe found the land appealing because it stood high above the river whose flood plains narrowed down, just south of the long hill for which the town would be named ultimately. And because it seemed logical to these early settlers to cross the river along this tapered stretch, they helped establish a transport service in 1655. Later known as the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury ferry service, it remains the oldest ferry service in the United States. The settlers also realized that the land could be used for building ships and farming. A classic riverport was about to be born.

(read the rest of this interesting history on the “Rafaele Fierro..” Page in sidebar at the right)

Save the Ferry Public Hearing Tonight!

August 22, 2011
Please  attend tonight!

DOT Public Information 
on the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry
August 22,  6:00 
RH Town Council Chambers
Written statements suggested.
Ed Chiucarello

CT DOT Announces Hearings on Ferry Closures – Rocky Hill on Aug 22 & Aug 25 at Chester

August 8, 2011


Please note: The location of the hearing in Rocky Hill will be posted as soon as we receive such information.

Save The Ferries Volunteers Needed

The Conn Department of Transportation is soliciting public comment & response to its proposal to close the Connecticut River ferries at Chester/Hadlyme and Rocky Hill/Glastonbury.

The public has two opportunities to make submissions to the DOT – (1) by mail and email, and (2) at public hearings scheduled for Aug 22 (at Rocky Hill) and Aug 25 (at Chester).
There will be a meeting of volunteers on Tuesday, Aug 9, at Hadlyme Public Hall at 7 PM to organize the community’s response to DOT’s request for submissions.
Volunteers are needed for many tasks in this effort.
This is an opportunity to make a contribution of your time to Save the Ferries.
If you can’t attend the meeting but would like to volunteer, please send an email to no later than Wednesday 10 August. Please include in the email your phone number and preferred return email address

If You Don’t Have Time To Volunteer ….

 ….. Please Send DONATION$$
Hadlyme Hall’s effort to prevent the closing of the Connecticut River ferries has cost more than $1,500 so far, and expenses are continuing to increase. Please consider sending a donation to help in covering these costs.
Make checks out to: Hadlyme Public Hall
Send to:  Save the Ferry Fund
PO Box 25
Hadlyme, CT 06439 

Please forward this email to friends and/or neighbors who might be interested in giving either of their time or a donation.

Thank You

(You may receive this message more than once. If so, please accept our apologies. We have not had time to purge our email lists of duplicates.)

Humphrey S. Tyler

401 Joshuatown Road
PO Box 430
Hadlyme CT 06439
Phone: 860-322-4021
Mobile: 518-253-4844

Here is text of hearing announcement for Chester on Aug 25:

Public Information Meeting August 25

Chester-Hadlyme Ferry Service closure

The Connecticut Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting to discuss the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry closure. This closure has been necessitated by the state budget crisis.  The public is invited to listen to a brief presentation about the ferry service and will be allowed make brief statements, which may include ideas and thoughts that may assist the Department regarding strategies for ferry service and operation.

August 25, 2011; 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Chester Meeting House

4 Liberty Street

Chester, CT

Free parking is available.

This facility is ADA accessible. Individuals requesting language assistance or accommodations due to a disability may contact the communications office at (860) 594-3061; or (860) 594-3090 (TTY).  For consideration your request should be submitted 7 days prior to the event. The department will make every reasonable effort to provide assistance when possible.

(Urgent!) Volunteers Needed to Distribute Fliers at Rocky Hill Ferry Landing.

August 6, 2011

Ed  Chiucarello is coordinating the efforts to “Save Our Ferry”. This weekend’s action is to pass out fliers at the ferry landing. Volunteers needed today (Aug 6) for 12-1, 1-2, and 2-3 time slots and tomorrow (Sunday Aug 7) for the 3-4 and 4-5 periods. Contact Ed at <>.

Credit Sean Conor Rocky Hill Patch - Rocky Hill Ferry Landmark

Rocky Hill – Glastonbury Ferry Shuts Down (Forever?)

July 16, 2011

Connecticut River Ferry Rocky Hill a video by Steadyjohn on Flickr.

A short 2009 video of the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury Ferry in operation

Reposted from Rocky Hill Patch:

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget balancing plan confirmed what many people already knew that the ferry services would be cut to help balance the $1.6 billion deficit.

In Malloy’s plan, all eight employees of the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury and Hadlyme-Chester ferries would be laid off and services would be eliminated. The plan said the seasonal ferry service is a “convenience for residents in these areas” and there are year round alternatives available.

By eliminating the employees and the service, the state would save $377,634 in 2012 and $473,627 in 2013.

The Rocky Hill Ferry was closed Friday, due to staffing issues, Department of Transportation Spokesman Kevin Nursick said. However, people still came to Ferry Park to see if they could take a ride across the river.

Sara Weeden was hoping to take her daughter, Gwendlyn, on the ferry for only the second time in her life when she found out the news.

“I’m just surprised that they would do that,” Sara Weeden said. She added that her daughter enjoyed riding the ferry.

“It is a nice treat,” Sara Weeden said.

She added that on Wednesday, the last day the ferry was open, there was a line of cars backed up on Great Meadow Road.

The Rocky Hill Ferry was the nation’s oldest continuously operating ferry service. It traveled the Connecticut River from Rocky Hill to Glastonbury and back. The original ferry, just a small raft pushed across the river with the help of long poles, dates back to 1655. Privately operated for 260 years, it became a state facility in 1915 and had been operating until now by the State Department of Transportation.

Credit: Sean Conor,Rocky Hill Patch - Rocky Hill Ferry Landmark

Update July 17, Hartford Courant reporting: (also see AP report on CT CBS)
…John Serra, who works at the Rocky Hill Historical Society, said the ferry was once a financial lifeline for the town and has evolved into a social hub.”It was really the center of town,” Serra said.A stack of papers in a small library above the historical society includes a jumble of photos, newspaper clippings and historical documents chronicling the development of the ferry beginning in 1655, 121 years before the Declaration of Independence…


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