A power boat casts off a mooring near one of the Thimble Islands in Stony Creek, Connecticut. The Stony Creek-Thimble Islands Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1988. The Thimbles is an archipelico of small islands in SE Brandford. They are a jumble of granite rocks, ledges and outcroppings from glaciation. It is said Captain Kidd may have buried treasure here. Today, the Thimbles are a summer playground for boaters who anchor here for its charming ambiance, swimming, cruising and partying. There are some 100-365 islands, depending where one draws the line between an island and a rock. Bear Island provided granite to the Statue of Liberty and the Lincoln Memorial. Davis Island was the summer Whitehouse for President William H. Taft. House Island is an ecological lab for Yale University and Outer Island is part of the Stewart McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. Some of the inhabitated islands have just one house. Others have as many as 32. Styles range from Tudor mansions to cabins that often cover the entire island. The exposed nature of the islands makes the residences hazardous in storms. Due to its exclusivity, the islands are owned either by locals whose homes have been owned by generations or by more recent wealthy purchasers.