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Fort Interiors

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
1. Fort Interiors Marker
Inscription.
The fort you are now in has had continuous military occupation since its erection in 1852. the latest occupant, the United States Navy, used the facilities from 1941 and 1997.

When the fort was turned over to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, the rooms were found to have been outfitted with modern heating devices, electrical service, lighting, and dropped suspended ceilings. Some rooms had been adapted to laboratory use and had floor mounted concrete slabs, and mezzanines, and they were subdivided.

After the rooms were cleared of the debris and modern contrivances, it became evident that a significant number of the original doors, windows, molding, and fireplace mantels remained. Additionally, microscopic analysis of paint layer cross sections reveal original colors.

Many of the rooms are now restored to their 1852 appearance. First, the wall and ceiling plaster was restored, and the wood trim stabilized. Then later floor surfaces, attached by thousands of nails, were removed to reveal the original wood floors and, in indiscrete areas, the original finish. Finally, the rooms were painted to represent the original color scheme.

The last room on your left has been unaltered to show the appearance as an office laboratory during the 1950s.

The “Loading Room,” to your
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By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
2. Fort Interiors Marker
right, had apparently been used as a “Brig” at some earlier time, when steel bars and doors were added. One occupant left his signature at a window – “Billy Baker – 5 days”.

The Navy used the chamber in the northeast bastion as a laboratory. It has been modified to represent an “anechoic” chamber, which originally existed in another building.
 
Erected by Fort Trumbull State Park.
 
Location. 41° 20.609′ N, 72° 5.607′ W. Marker is in New London, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker can be reached from East Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located inside the fort at Fort Trumbull State Park. Marker is in this post office area: New London CT 06320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Revolution (here, next to this marker); War of 1812 (here, next to this marker); The Third System (here, next to this marker); Civil War (a few steps from this marker); Coast Guard (a few steps from this marker); Post Civil War to 1910 (a few steps from this marker); “Aim, Load, Fire” (a few steps from this marker); Scientific Research (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in New London.
 
More about this marker.
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By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
3. Fort Interiors Marker
Three photos at the bottom of the marker depict the interior of rooms in the fort, all provided by McGinley Hart & Associates. These have captions of “A typical room interior following the removal of 20th century additions, and clean up of loose plaster and other debris.”; “A craftsman in the process of replastering a ceiling to match the original existing surface.”; and “A typical interior space in the fort prior to the restoration process.”
 
Also see . . .  History of Fort Trumbull. Friends of Fort Trumbull website. (Submitted on October 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Room in Fort Trumbull image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
4. Room in Fort Trumbull
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By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
5. Room at Fort Trumbull
"The Brig" at Fort Trumbull image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
6. "The Brig" at Fort Trumbull
1950s Office Laboratory image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
7. 1950s Office Laboratory
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 365 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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