Just wanted to share a link to a story about Savin Rock Park from ConnecticutHistory.org.
“Savin Rock Park was a seaside resort constructed in the late 19th century in the modern-day town of West Haven. Known as “Connecticut’s Coney Island,” Savin Rock Park brought together peoples of all classes and ethnicities in the name of fun and entertainment. The park’s long-lasting success made it a model for many of the state’s current amusement attractions. Credit for its development belongs primarily to one man, Colonel George Kelsey.”
You can see more photos of Savin Rock on my “Leisure” page here: Irish In New Haven: Leisure