A dominant feature of the view from the beach in Madison, Connecticut is the not so distant Tuxis Island. And, as do all islands, there is a certain mystery and magnetic draw to it. According to Algonquin Native American legend, a great giant scooped up a handful of rocks and dirt and threw it into the sound, creating Tuxis Island. So it has a story similar to the Roxbury Puddingstone of Massachusetts, and again it speaks to a distant mythic time when imagined giants ruled the Earth. Historic records indicate that the island has had several owners from as early as 1674. In 1900 the New Haven YMCA ran a camp on the island, and it is now owned by the Madison Beach Club.
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