The 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Groton Heights

Patriots & Redcoats
September 4 - 5, 2021

Where to park

If you plan to attend the 240th, you will find plenty of free parking at Washington Park (get directions), and in Lot B at Electric Boat on Eastern Point Road. There will be a free shuttle approximately every 20 minutes.

Shuttle Bus Route

1) Water Taxi – Pick up / Drop off at 11:40 am 12:40 pm, 1:40 pm 2:40 pm 3:40 pm. Turn left onto Fort Street
2) Ebenezer Avery House Pick up / Drop off. Left on Slocomb Terrace, right on School Street, left on Monument Street
3) Stop on Monument Street to drop off, right on Meridian Street
4) Stop at west entrance to Washington Park (near ball fields). Pick up / drop off. Continue on Meridian Street
5) Stop at east entrance to Washington Park (near pavilions). Pick up / Drop off. Meridian Street, left on Mitchell Street. Right on Park Ave.
6) Park Avenue and Smith Street. Pick up / drop off. Smith Street to Eastern Point Road.
7) Lot B. Pick up / Drop off at back of lot near Mumford Avenue. Eastern Point Road to Smith Street
6) Park Avenue and Smith Street drop off/ pick up.

Continue along Smith Street to Meridian Street. Either right to Washington Park, or left to the water taxi.

The route takes approximately 20-25 minutes depending on traffic, and the number of passengers boarding and exiting at each stop.


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.