New London in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
This building housed army enlisted men serving in the artillery or infantry from the 1830s until Fort Trumbull was downgraded to a supply post, in 1907. Built of rough-cut granite, the original stone section dates from about 1830, the same year that the army built the officers’ quarters (now the visitors’ center). An observer wrote at the time, “The soldiers’ barracks are the best I have ever seen in the United States.” The wooden section, which no longer exists, was probably added in the 1840s.
In 1910 Fort Trumbull found a new use as a training school for the Revenue Cutter Service, the bureau that enforced treaties and tariffs on the seas. The school set up classrooms and a drill hall in the wooden portion of this building and partitioned the stone section to accommodate two cadets to a room. Congress merged the Revenue Cutter Service and the Life Saving Service in 1915 to form the U.S. Coast Guard, and the school became the Coast Guard Academy.
The Coast Guard found this nineteenth-century structure outdated as living quarters and eventually built new multistory barracks for the cadets. The academy then converted this building to a library and added the curved double staircase that remains today.
The building was used primarily as offices after the Coast Guard Academy moved to its present location
Erected by Fort Trumbull State Park.
Location. 41° 20.648′ N, 72° 5.654′ W. Marker is in New London, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker can be reached from East Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located in 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. Parade Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Site Orientation (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Trumbull (within shouting distance of this marker); Blockhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); North Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Cold War (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Scientific Research (about 300 feet away); Fort Interiors (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New London.
More about this marker. Photos of the exterior and the interior of the barracks building appear at the bottom of the marker. The exterior picture has a caption of “This
Also see . . . History of Fort Trumbull. Friends of Fort Trumbull website. (Submitted on October 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.