This spring, as the State of Connecticut debated raising the fares for the historic Chester-Hadlyme Ferry, the Chester Historical Society focused on the history of the ferry as it opened its new transportation exhibit, “Over the River and Through the Woods.” After all, the ferry has been an integral part of Chester history since it began in the 1700s.
And now the Historical Society has reprinted the children’s book, Ferryboat, about that historic ferry – written by Betsy Maestro and illustrated by Giulio Maestro. It was originally published in 1986 by HarperCollins.
Ferryboat went out of print several years ago, but the Maestros have permitted the Chester Historical Society to reprint 1,000 copies of the book.
“We couldn’t be happier to be bringing this wonderful and colorful book to a whole new generation of readers and their families,” said Society president Skip Hubbard. “Over the years, we have had some requests, so I expect there will be plenty of interest. It’s a pleasure to read it with a child and it makes a great gift.’’