As more and more river ferries get replaced by bridges, experiences like this become rarer. This site became a ferry crossing in 1769 and is still in use today. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a short ride, lasting about five minutes, but provides some wonderful views up and down the Connecticut River. It’s also a good way to get some pictures of Gillette Castle on the hill on the east bank of the river. We were there at the peak of the fall colors, and the scenery was incredible. Even though it is a short ride, it’s a good way to get from one side to the other if your destination is closer to the ferry crossing than one of the bridges up- or down-stream. Children that we have taken in the past have usually found it exciting, since ferries aren’t as common as they used to be.
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