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Noank, Connecticut

Noank, Connecticut
Census-designated place
Noank Baptist Church
Noank Baptist Church
Noank, Connecticut is located in Connecticut
Noank, Connecticut
Location within the state of Connecticut
Country United States
State Connecticut
County New London
Town Groton
 • Total 2.2 sq mi (5.7 km2)
 • Land 1.5 sq mi (4.0 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (1.7 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,796
 • Density 820/sq mi (320/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)

Noank is a village and historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Modern day 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Notable residents, visitors, and cultural references 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), of which 1.5 square miles (4.0 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.7 km2) (30.32%) is water. The CDP includes areas further west and north from the original village, extending as far west as Palmer Cove and as far north as U.S. Route 1.[2]


In 1614, the area then known as Nauyang (meaning "point of land") was a summer camping ground of the

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External links

  1. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Noank CDP, Connecticut". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "P.L. 94-171 County Block Map (2010 Census): New London County, CT" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b C.F. Burgess, ed., Historic Groton
  4. ^ New London Day, Half Century Progress edition, 1931-07-06, Sec. 9
  5. ^ Noank Shipyard and Noank Marine Service
  6. ^ "American FactFinder".  


  • Artist Henry Ward Ranger lived in Noank.
  • Painter Robert Brackman (1898–1980) lived and worked here. Then-resident Nick Nelson Jr. modeled for Brackman's Boy from Main Street painting and others of Brackman's paintings.
  • Aviatrix George Palmer Putnam in Noank on February 7, 1931.
  • Arctic explorer Peter Freuchen (1886–1957) had a second home in Noank.
  • World War II Navy admiral William Halsey lived here.
  • American choral music composer Mark Daniel Merritt (1961-) lived in Noank during his childhood.
  • Fisherman, painter, and writer and storyteller Ellery Thompson lived and worked here. Captain Nick Nelson and other "notable" Noankers are mentioned in his book Draggerman's Haul.
  • The lobster-shack visited by the protagonist in the movie Mystic Pizza is Ford's Lobsters in Noank.
  • Noank is mentioned in Theodore Dreiser's short story "A Doer of the Word".
  • Noank is the setting of Jessica Warman's novel Between.
  • Artist/Designer Amy T. Falcone was raised here.

As a picturesque coastal village, Noank has been the home or second home of several artists and other notable people, and has been represented in several works of art. Notable people and cultural references related to Noank include:

Notable residents, visitors, and cultural references

The median income for a household in the CDP was $61,250, and the median income for a family was $77,596. Males had a median income of $59,091 versus $48,333 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $41,355. None of the families and 2.5% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no persons under 18 and 2.9% of those over 64.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.3% under the age of 18, 3.4% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 21.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 85.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.

There were 846 households out of which 21.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.8% were married couples living together, 6.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.78.

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1,830 people, 846 households, and 501 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,187.7 people per square mile (458.8/km2). There were 911 housing units at an average density of 591.2 per square mile (228.4/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 96.45% White, 0.98% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.31% Asian, 0.55% from other races, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.79% of the population.

Morgan Point Light in Noank
Scenic harbor in Noank


Noank includes marinas, including one having 158 slips.[5]

Modern day

The community grew from a tradition of fishing, lobstering and boat-building and has more ship and boat yards than churches. The fishing sailboat type known as the "Noank Smack", of which the Emma C. Berry is an example, is indigenous to this village. Noank hosts the longest-running continuous Memorial Day Parade in the country, held annually since 1875. The majority of the community was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 as an historic district, including houses and businesses dating back to 1840. The significance of the historic district is primarily in the domestic architecture preserved in 240 houses.

Around 1912, the Connecticut State Lobster Hatchery was established in Noank.[4]

In 1861, Charles Mallory and Elihu Spicer, Jr., established the C. H. Mallory and Company Steamship line. In 1879, Robert Palmer put steam railways into his shipbuilding plant in Noank. His company became one of the largest in the United States at the time for making wooden ships, building one thousand vessels ranging from fishing boats to sound steamers.[3]


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