Williams Memorial Park Broad St & Hempstead St, New London, CT06320 Part of a national historic district, Williams Memorial Park is bordered by several 19th-century whaling homes. A Civil…More War monument is located at one end of the park.
As the third defensive structure to occupy this New London site, Fort Trumbull's present stone fortress was built…More between 1839 and 1852. The first fort was attacked by British forces, led by Benedict Arnold, in 1781, ultimately causing the defenders to evacuate as New London was burned.
After serving as the site for Civil War training, the first Coast Guard academy, and a Cold War military research institute, the fort was transferred to the state of Connecticut and opened as its newest state park in 2000.
Guided summer tours include the fort and an exhibit hall, but visitors may explore the grounds and use a fishing pier throughout the year.