Add a touch of reality to your Revolutionary War history lesson with a visit to Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, site of the 1781 massacre led by the traitorous Benedict Arnold.
History of the Area
This is the historic site where, on September 6, 1781, British Forces, commanded by the infamous Benedict Arnold, captured the Fort and massacred 88 of the 165 defenders stationed there. The Ebenezer Avery House which sheltered the wounded after the battle has been restored on the grounds. A Revolutionary War museum also depicts the era.
Connecticut has made state parks, forests, trails, historic sites and beaches more accessible to our residents so they can enjoy the many attractions and beauty they offer. Under the Passport to the Parks program, parking fees are now eliminated at Connecticut State Parks for those with Connecticut registered vehicles. You can view the CONNECTICUT PASSPORT TO THE PARKS web page to learn more.
Bluff Point State Park and Coastal Reserve. Location: Route 117 Exit from I-95 (Connecticut Turnpike). Right onto Route 1, left on Depot Road, continue under railroad overpass to parking area. Activities: Biking, Hiking, Saltwater Fishing.Charge: None
Fort Trumbull State Park, New London. Location: On I-95S to New London cross over the Gold Star Bridge (Thames River) and take Exit 84S towards Downtown New London. Activities: Historic Fort and Grounds, Visitor Center Exhibits, Saltwater Fishing, Waterfront Walk. Charge: Fee for touring Fort and Visitor Center Exhibits
Haley Farm State Park, Groton. Location: Follow Route 215 south to Brook Street in Groton. Activities: Biking, Birding, Hiking. Charge: None
Coming From I-95 North: take Exit 87 (Left Hand Exit) onto Clarence B. Sharp Highway. Turn right at first light onto Meridian Street. Turn left at first light onto Mitchell Street. Take second right onto Park Avenue. Park is one block straight ahead. Coming From I-95 South: take Exit 87 onto Clarence B. Sharp Highway. Turn right at first light onto Meridian Street. Turn left at first light onto Mitchell Street. Take second right onto Park Avenue. Park is one block straight ahead.