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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Groton, Connecticut

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New London is the county seat for New London County
Groton is in New London County
      New London County (289)  
      Hartford County (432)  
      Middlesex County (145)  
      Tolland County (118)  
      Windham County (89)  
      Suffolk County, New York (473)  
      Kent County, Rhode Island (16)  
      Washington County, Rhode Island (46)  
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1Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Avery Memorial
[West Side of Marker Stone] This memorial marks the site of the home built in 1656 by Captain James Avery the founder of the family now known as the Groton Averys. This Hive of the Averys was owned and occupied by its . . . Map (db m28169) HM
2Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Civil War Memorial
Erected by Robert A. Gray and dedicated to the memory of his brave comrades who offered their lives for their country in the War of 1861 – 1865Map (db m20044) HM
3Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Col. William Ledyard
On this spot Col. William Ledyard fell by his own sword in the hands of a British officer to whom he had surrendered in the massacre of Fort Griswold, Sept. 6, 1781.Map (db m18048) HM
4Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Connecticut State Ship
. . . Map (db m206462) HM
5Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Covered Way
A pathway between the fort and the lower battery where soldiers using it were under cover from enemy gunfire.Map (db m19053) HM
6Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Death of Major William Montgomery
The death of Major William Montgomery while leading the British attack on the Fort at this point. Sept. 6th 1781Map (db m18049) HM
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7Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Defenders of Fort Griswold • Sept • 6th 1781 •
British Officer - “Who commands this fort ” Colonel Ledyard – “I did sir, but you do now ” Killed – Lieut. Col. William Ledyard, Commanding Capt. Elijah Avery • Capt. Elisha Avery • Lieut. . . . Map (db m19584) HM
8Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Forty-One for Freedom
Forty-One for Freedom USS George Washington (SSBN 598) USS Patrick Henry (SSBN 599) · USS Theodore Roosevelt (SSBN 600) · USS Robert E. Lee (SSBN 601) · USS Abraham Lincoln (SSBN 602) · USS Ethan Allen (SSBN 608) · USS Sam Houston (SSBN . . . Map (db m206627) WM
9Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Groton
As part of New London Plantation, Groton was settled in 1646 by John Winthrop, the younger, and a band of Puritans from Massachusetts. The town separated from New London in 1705, and was named for the Winthrop manor in England. One of the last . . . Map (db m66439) HM
10Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Groton Battle Monument
The monument was erected under the patronage of the State of Connecticut, A. D. 1830, and in the 55th year of the Independence of the U. S. A. in memory of the brave Patriots, who fell in the Massacre at Fort Griswold, near this spot, on the 6th of . . . Map (db m18050) HM
11Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Japanese Type A
During World War II, the Japanese "Type A" two-man mini-sub was carried "piggy back" by a mother ship, usually another submarine, to its area of operation. Type A submarines were used during the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and . . . Map (db m206621) HM WM
12Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Missions NR-1
In her nearly forty years of service, NR-1 was involved in a number of important missions, many of which may remain classified for years to come. Those that have beed revealed include: 1976 Recovery Effort Phoenix Missile October 1976 . . . Map (db m206582) HM
13Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Naval Submarine Base New London
The Connecticut Blue Heritage Trail links important sites of Connecticut's marine environment and maritime heritage. Place of Global Reach The lower Thames River has an historically rich naval presence. The Naval Submarine Base New London, . . . Map (db m206623) HM
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14Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Patriot Prisoners
In honor of the 38 Patriots who were carried as prisoners in boats to New York from this shore after the Battle of Groton Heights September 6, 1781Map (db m18053) HM
15Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Powder Magazine
Built in 1843 for the storage of gun PowderMap (db m19055) HM
16Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Shot Furnace
Built in 1843 – To heat cannon balls to set wooden vessels aflame when struckMap (db m19054) HM
17Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Site of Ye Ebenezer Avery House
Shelter afforded our wounded and dying soldiers within this house after the massacre at Ft. Griswold Sept. 6, 1781 Moved in 1971 to Ft. Griswold State Battlefield ParkMap (db m19050) HM
18Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Sonalysts Submariners
Sonalysts Submariners 1973     2000 Submarine Command Dedicated to the Sonalysts Submariners Who Twice Served their Country First in Submarines then in Sonalysts To Help Ensure Our Nations PeaceMap (db m206622) WM
19Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Spanish Flagship Gun
This gun was taken from the wreck of Admiral Cervera's flagship Maria Theresa which fired the first shot July 3, 1898 as she steamed from Santiago Harbor.Map (db m19057) HM
20Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Submarine NR-1
On 27 October 1969, NR-1, the U.S. Navy's deep-diving research submarine, was placed in service. Capable of carrying thirteen crew members to a depth of 3,000 feet, NR-1 was powered by a nuclear reactor that allowed her to stay down for up to 30 . . . Map (db m206473) HM
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21Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV)
Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (SDV) Submarines have operated with special operations teams since the days of WWII with Underwater Demolition Teams (UDT), commonly known as "SEALs" (Sea-Air- Land) are used in a variety of clandestine . . . Map (db m206583) HM
22Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Thames River
Long Island Sound Home of the American Submarine Long Island Sound is a unique body of water that borders the entire length of Connecticut, giving the state an unparalleled resource. The north-south orientation of the rivers of . . . Map (db m206468) HM
23Connecticut (New London County), Groton — The Battle of Groton HeightsStabilization and Preservation of Fort Griswold — Phase 1 —
On the morning of September 6, 1781, a British fleet under the command of former American general Benedict Arnold appeared at the mouth of the Thames River. Arnold’s mission was to destroy American privateers in New London and to capture military . . . Map (db m19038) HM
24Connecticut (New London County), Groton — The Construction of Fort GriswoldStabilization and Preservation of Fort Griswold — Phase 1 —
In November 1775, Colonel Jedeiah Elderkin was directed by the Governor and the Council of Safety “to view the circumstances of the harbor at New London and neighboring places, and consider of the most proper place and manner of fortifying . . . Map (db m19041) HM
25Connecticut (New London County), Groton — U.S. Submarine Memorial
To perpetuate the memory of those gallant shipmates who gave their lives during World War II. Dedicated by U.S. Submarine Veterans of World War II. U.S. Submarines still on their last patrol. Sealion SS195 December 10, 1941; S-36 SS141 January . . . Map (db m104650) WM
26Connecticut (New London County), Groton — UGM-84 Harpoon
UGM-84 "Harpoon" long range anti-ship missle. Originally developed as an air launched anti-submarine missile in the 1970's, it was later adapted for launch from surface ships and submarines in the early 1980's. Similar in concept to the . . . Map (db m206472) HM
27Connecticut (New London County), Groton — USS George Washington (SSBN 598) Sail
USS George Washington (SSBN 598) Sail 1959 – 1985 First Ballistic Missile SubmarineMap (db m206626) HM WM
28Connecticut (New London County), Groton — USS NautilusSociety of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
The USS Nautilus has been designated as an historic ship by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of that organization. Members of this society designed and supervised the construction of . . . Map (db m206455) HM
29Connecticut (New London County), Groton — USS Nautilus (SSN571)
USS Nautilus (SSN 571) President Harry S. Truman laid her keel on June 14, 1952, at the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Connecticut. On January 21, 1954, Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower broke the traditional bottle of . . . Map (db m206453) HM
30Connecticut (New London County), Groton — USS Nautilus (SSN571)National Historic Landmark
USS Nautilus Has been Designated a National Historic Landmark Launched in 1951, the Nautilus was the first true nuclear submarine. Her nuclear propulsion plant was a revolutionary advance that provided unlimited underwater endurance, . . . Map (db m206454) HM
31Connecticut (New London County), Groton — USS Nautilus (SSN571)American Nuclear Society
USS Nautilus (SSN-571) This vessel, commissioned on September 30, 1954, marked humanity's first large scale use of controlled nuclear power. Designated as a Nuclear Historic Landmark, February 2004, by the American Nuclear Society . . . Map (db m206456) HM
32Connecticut (New London County), Groton — USS Nautilus Propellers
USS Nautilus (SSN 571) Propellers 1954 - 1980Map (db m206625) HM
33Connecticut (New London County), Groton — USS X-1 (SSX-1)
USS X-1 (SSX-1) USS X-1 was the first "midget" submarine built for the U.S. Navy. Designed to penetrate enemy harbors and conduct offensive operations against moored ships and support facilities, her principal armament consisted of swimmer delivered . . . Map (db m206619) HM
34Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Wall of HonorU.S. Submarine Memorial
In grateful memory of these submariners who died in the service of their country during World War II. They stand in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die so that freedom might live. Their final resting places are known only to the . . . Map (db m104652) WM
35Connecticut (New London County), Groton — Ye Ebenezer Avery House
Shelter was afforded our wounded & dying soldiers within this house, after the massacre at Fort Griswold, Sept. 6, 1781.Map (db m19046) HM
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Sep. 25, 2022