Lyme is a small, rural community of just over two thousand residents situated on the eastern bank of the Connecticut River in New London County. Our community is about thirty square miles in size with a very low population density. We are part of a two town regional school district which includes our partner to the south, Old Lyme.
Aside from our school system, Lyme provides just a limited amount of municipal services. There is a public library, a small town highway department to maintain our forty miles of local roads, a bulky waste landfill, a volunteer fire company, and a private, non-profit ambulance association which receives minimal public funding.
The Lyme Town Hall staff includes a full time Town Clerk, Tax Collector and Assessor. The Zoning Officer, Building Inspector and Sanitarian serve in a part time capacity, as do the Probate Court Judge and Secretary and Registrars of Voters. The Town Hall is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M until 4:00 P.M. The present First Selectman works full time.
Lyme is intensely committed to preserving its agricultural heritage and small town quality of life. Open Space acquisition priorities enjoy broad-based public support. The town has forged important partnerships with both its local land trust and the Nature Conservancy’s Connecticut chapter to further common preservation and conservation goals.
Lyme residents enjoy the unspoiled beauty associated with an earlier time in New England including the scenic Hamburg Cove and the federally designated Wild and Scenic Eight Mile River. We have a longstanding policy of sharing our good fortune with our neighbors. Our parks and preserves with their miles of trails and passive recreation opportunities are open to all. We encourage their use and enjoyment by good stewards of the land.