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The Shakespeare Market

The Shakespeare Market is a community driven concept to build on the tragedy of the loss of the American Shakespeare Festival Theater. A world class performing arts center once graced the grounds and brought innumerable people from around the world to enjoy live performance for decades. After the fire - nearly 1,000 Stratford citizens gathered to discuss the future of the property. Those considerations are taking place now, and in the meantime residents suggested creating an open air market for all to enjoy this beautiful property located directly adjacent to the Housatonic River, the stunning Charles E. Wheeler Wildlife Management Area and glorious view of the Long Island Sound.

Take a short walk and find Mac's Harbor, the original landing location of Stratford's first European settlers in 1639, Bond's Dock and Fishing Pier - the historical site of Stratford's Oyster houses and famed boxing camp during the first half of the 20th century. Stratford's Historic District, located on Academy Hill, is a short walk and contains homes from 17th, 18th, 19th, (and 20th) century homes.