Killam's Point Conference Center covers approximately 55 acres of church-owned nature preserve located twenty minutes east of New Haven on the Connecticut shore. Extending out into Long Island Sound, Killam's Point is a quiet refuge of undisturbed woodland, salt marsh, and rocky tidal area. It is available to educational and non-profit groups as well as churches. It is an ideal spot for school field trips, nature walks and quiet retreats. Reservations are required unless part of an organized program.
In the late 17th century, King Charles II of England made a grant of approximately 70 acres of forested land bordering what is now called Long Island Sound to the First Ecclesiastical Society of the town of Branford, In 1868, the Society in turn leased the land on a 99 year term to a Mr. Russell, and then the lease was transferred to the Killam family, prominent New Haven coach makers, in the early 1880s. The area became known as Killam's Point and several houses were constructed on its upper reaches.
With the expiration of the lease in 1967, the homesites on the upper 20 acres were sold to the residents, leaving approximately 45 acres of wilderness, salt marsh and rocky shore. Under the leadership of its minister, Roger Manners, and with the assistance of the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, the First Congregational Church of Branford acted with neighboring churches and individuals to form the Branford Royal Grant Corporation, a non-profit organization to develop the remaining area with the cottages at Shepard's Point into a conference and retreat center.
The members of First Congregational Church voted to assume management of Killam's Point effective 12/1/2005. At a Special Meeting of the Congregation in September 2007, the Congregation voted to construct a year-round multi-purpose pavillion, two retreat houses, improve the trail system, construct a small gazebo adjacent to Love's Beach, and provide benches for trail-side overlooks.
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The report approved by the congregation is available here.
Killam's Point Day Camp is held at Killam's Point each summer.
Graduate Students from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies prepared a report for the Killam’s Point Building Committee entitled Killam's Point: An Ecological Perspective for Future Management which may be downloaded. It is a very large file, so please be patient while it downloads.
Yale F&ES Report
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Members of First Congregational Church may get walking passes at the Church Office