FORT SHANTOK STATE PARK
Fort Shantok State Park is a historic and scenic area known for its lush greenery, walking trails, picnic areas, and fishing spots. It was once the site of an important Mohegan tribal village. The park offers visitors opportunities to learn about Native American history while enjoying outdoor activities amidst beautiful natural surroundings.
Located in Montville, Connecticut, the area was originally a Mohegan Indian village. It served as their spiritual and political hub.
In 1637-38 during the Pequot War, Uncas led his tribe to safety here from English settlers' attacks.
The site became known as Fort Shantok after it was fortified by Chief Uncas for protection against rival tribes.
It remained an important place of gathering for annual Green Corn Festival until late 19th century when tribal population dwindled significantly.
In early 20th century, land developers purchased much of this sacred ground causing further displacement of remaining Mohegans.
However in mid-century efforts were made to reclaim these lands leading up to its designation as state park in1961
Today it is managed by Department Of Energy And Environmental Protection (DEEP) with continued significance among local indigenous communities.
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.
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Located along the CT Shoreline midway between New York City and Boston, and only one hour from Hartford, with tons of local attractions both on the Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River.
15.3 miles from park*