The 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Groton Heights

September 4 -5, 2021

Although the challenges we have all faced this year are very different from those encountered by Colonel Ledyard, we have embraced his spirit and are looking forward with hope and determination to the opportunity to commemorate the 240th anniversary of the Revolutionary War battle at Fort Griswold on the weekend of September 4th and 5th, 2021.

Our plans

Fort Griswold’s 240th will include an encampment of military re-enactors, representing both Patriot Militia and British Infantry forces. There will be skirmishes and artillery demonstrations offered throughout the weekend, a Colonial Fife and Drum musical performance, friendly and fun activities for children, and educational lectures by inspirational speakers. Ebenezer Avery House and the Monument House Museum will be open for tours on both days. Sunday will conclude with our annual candlelight commemoration ceremony honoring the sacrifices made by the brave defenders of Fort Griswold on that fateful day in 1781.

We want this to be a memorable event for the Fort and our surrounding community. It will be fun and educational, full of exploration and discovery, but also a little bit solemn. The mission of the Friends of Fort Griswold is to preserve the Fort for all to enjoy, and to remember the sacrifice of the brave men who gave their lives in its defense during America’s struggle for independence.

We will need your help!

An event of this size involves long-term planning and many expenses – gunpowder and insurance, stipends for re-enactors, hospitality and safety for visitors – all of this comes at a cost. We are working hard to raise these funds through membership drives, gift shop sales, grants, and sponsorships.

We are also making a direct appeal to friends and neighbors like you for your support. Your gift will help us to get our fundraising on a good, solid footing. Donations of any amount are very gratefully received. Remember that if you are a member of Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, they will generously match donations made during the Charter Oak Fall 2020 campaign.

If you would like to become involved as a volunteer for this historic event, please contact us. We have many opportunities for you to share your enthusiasm, both in the advance planning and on the day of the event. No experience or prior knowledge is needed to join our friendly group – just a helpful spirit and a desire to take part in the preservation of historic Fort Griswold.