Site of the Battle of Groton Heights, Connecticut’s largest Revolutionary War Battle, this is a state park and also on the National Register of Historic Places. On September 6, 1781, British Forces, commanded by the infamous local traitor Benedict Arnold, captured the fort and massacred 88 of the 165 defenders stationed here. Colonel Ledyard, after whom this town is named, was the colonial force commander and according to local legend executed that day by the British with his own sword.
This is a lovely place to go for a walk with a good view of the Thames River. There is a 135 foot tall granite obelisk monument built to honor the Colonists who fought in the battle. When open, you can climb its 160-some steps for a great view. The Monument House Museum has Revolutionary War era items from the local area.
Hours: Fort Griswold State Park: sunrise to sunset, each day. Monument & Museum: Memorial Day - Labor Day, 9 am to 5 pm.
Address: 57 Fort Street, Groton, CT 06340
Phone: (860) 445-1729