Noank Village is not just a wonderful place to own a home, it is a special place to live. There is a quality of life and a quality to life here that is unmatched. Situated on a peninsula at the mouth of the Mystic River, the sun reflects off the water on three sides giving the village a special glow. Noank is also imbued with a unique community spirit that shines forth in the longest running continues annual Memorial Day Parade (since 1875) and the annual Holiday Carol Sing and Tree Lighting at the park.
Noank’s history is reflected in the beauty of its homes. Because surrounding deeper waters were advantageous for shipbuilding, Noank developed several thriving wooden shipbuilding yards during the 19th century, including one of the largest in the United States, building a thousand vessels ranging from fishing boats to sound steamers. Later, in 1912, the state lobster hatchery was established in Noank. The community developed with its tradition of fishing, lobstering and boat-building. Well-preserved, in 1979, Noank Village was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district, because of the architecture dating back to 1840. Walking through the narrow streets you can appreciate the village’s history reflected in the Gothic and Eastlake details of the homes.
Noank is a village in all the best senses of the word. There is a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. Neighbors respect each other’s privacy yet are always ready to lend a hand. Folks are quick to greet each other on the street. And at the grocery, bakery or Carson’s Store, people often stop to chat and catch-up with friends and neighbors. Natives and transplants alike are welcomed and welcoming, quick with a smile and warm hello.
With a community market, package store, bakery, Carson’s Store (old-fashioned soda fountain and candy store), several restaurants and marinas in the village, Noank is a wonderful retreat from the busy world. Everything you want is here - all within easy walking distance.
Noank Village is a perfect place for children and family and friends. There is much for everyone to do:
- walking to Carson’s store for an ice cream cone
- kayaking and sailing along the Mystic River out to Fisher’s Island Sound
- watching the sun and moon rise on walks along the Mystic river
- swimming from the beach at Snake Hill and the town dock
- grabbing a bottle of wine at the Universal Package Store and heading over to Ford’s for a lobster dinner,
- crabbing with the kids at the town dock
- climbing the playscape, shooting hoops and playing tennis at the park
- listening to the Mystic-Noank Community Band play on Main Street on Independence Day
- seeing local artists’ talents at the annual summer art exhibit at the Latham Chester Store
Noank offers a way of life, a way of living often yearned for and lamented. It still exists here. The pace of life is slower, the opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and the beauty of this seaside retreat are many and varied.
Currently there is a home in the heart of Noank Village that embodies the lifestyle of the community. 53 Pearl St is a tastefully restored 1882, 5 bedroom Victorian, reflecting the skill and craftsmanship of the 19th century Noank shipbuilders.
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