The 36th annual Savin Rock Festival kicked off Thursday, and it seems like all of West Haven is abuzz with it. With good reason: Aside from the Independence Day fireworks display, the festival is West Haven’s biggest event of the year. It’ll last all weekend, so even if you missed the first day you have every opportunity to drop by, enjoy the games, rides, music and food, and celebrate the history of our town and the legacy of Savin Rock.
But what is the legacy of Savin Rock, exactly? While the festival was started in 1982, the history of Savin Rock goes back to the 19th century. In 1838, the Savin Rock House hotel was established, and Savin Rock has been a resort hub ever since. In 1925 it was incorporated as an amusement park to spectacular response, and it remained the “playground of New England” until it was shut down 1966 as part of the Savin Rock Urban Renewal Project.
So that’s a brief history of the Rock, but history is only part of this. Let’s look to the future—here’s to at least 36 more years of fun and celebration!