Visitors - Welcome to Avery Point!
The Avery Point campus is located at the confluence of the Thames River and Long Island Sound. We have the most scenic location of any of the UConn campuses with beautiful water views in virtually every direction.
The links on this page will help you find our campus, tell you a bit of our history and help you find places to visit in our area. Please feel free to come visit us and enjoy our beautiful setting!
The Avery Point Campus was formerly the summer estate of Morton Plant, a railroad, steamship and hotel magnate. Branford House, the mansion overlooking Long Island Sound, was reportedly worth $3 million when it was completed in 1904. Also located on the estate was a caretaker's house (the current police station) and a barn and horse stable (the current physical plant buildings). The estate included what is now the Shennecossett Public Golf Course located just north of the campus.
The Plant estate was turned over to the State of Connecticut in the 1930's. During World War II, it was leased to the Coast Guard as a training center. During that period, the Coast Guard built the present cinder block buildings. In 1967, the estate was converted to the Southeastern Campus of the University of Connecticut, later renamed the University of Connecticut at Avery Point.
The local Chambers of Commerce and tourism organizations have a wealth of information about local events, destinations, dining, and lodging:
- Chamber of Commerce Eastern Connecticut
- Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce
- Mystic Country (tourism promotion group)