This is the historic site where, on September 6, 1781, British Forces, commanded by the infamous Benedict Arnold, captured the Fort and massacred 88 of the 165 defenders stationed there. The Ebenezer Avery House which sheltered the wounded after the battle has been restored on the grounds. A Revolutionary War museum also depicts the era. Fort Griswold was designated as a state park in 1953.
The Battle of Groton Heights and The Burning of New London
Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park is a stop on the Thames River Heritage Park Water Taxi route. The Water Taxi offers an exciting, affordable, and fun trip across the Thames River between New London and Groton on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the summer, with special sunset tours, in season. The three taxi stops are at the New London City Pier, Fort Trumbull and Fort Griswold landings which bring excitement and endless photo opportunities. Information on the service is available on their website: Thames River Heritage Park Water Taxi