Archaeological Preserves


State Archaeological Preserves are an important mechanism for protecting Connecticut's archaeological heritage. Many agencies and private citizens work together to preserve that heritage, including the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), the Historic Preservation Council, the Office of the State Archaeologist at UConn, Connecticut’s archaeological community, and concerned citizens and property owners.

How to Qualify

To qualify as a State Archeological Preserve, archaeological resources must be listed on either the National or State Register of Historic Places and have the agreement of the owner of any private property involved.

Archaeological investigations at designated State Archaeological Preserves require an Archaeological Permit issued by the SHPO.

Currently Designated Archaeological Preserves

Preserve Towns Designated
Putnam Memorial State Park Redding and Bethel 1/01
Axle Shop-Spring Factory Archaeological Site Hamden 2/01
Kent Iron Furnace Kent 3/01
Old Newgate Prison and Copper Mine East Granby 4/01
Fifth Camp of Rochambeau's Infantry Bolton 6/01
Fort Wooster Park New Haven 7/01
Fourth Camp of Rochambeau's Army Windham 12/01
Small Pox Hospital Rock Farmington 9/02
New London Engine House & Turntable New London 4/03
Quinebaug River Prehistoric Archaeological District Canterbury 5/03
Aunt Polly East Haddam 5/03
Cornfield Point Light Ship LV51 Old Saybrook 5/03
Bridgeport Wood Finishing Company New Milford 5/03
John Brown Birthplace Torrington 8/03
Air Line Railroad Colchester and East Hampton 12/03
Governor Samuel Huntington Homestead Scotland 2/04
Cady-Copp House Archaeological Site Putnam 5/05
World War II "Hellcat" Sites Preston 11/05
Henry Whitfield State Museum Guilford 4/06
Dividend Brook Industrial Archaeological Site Rocky Hill 4/06
Fort Griswold State Park Groton 10/06
Ebenezer Story Homestead & Tavern Preston 10/06
Fort Stamford Stamford 10/06
New England Hebrew Farmers of the Emanuel Society Synagogue and Creamery Archaeological Site Chesterfield (Montville) 9/07
Prudence Crandall House Museum Canterbury 8/08
LeBeau Fishing Camp & Weir Site Killingly 8/08
Lighthouse Site Barkhamsted 12/08
CCC Camp Filley Haddam 12/08
Pine Island Archaeological Site Groton  
Ash Creek Corduroy Road Fairfield 3/09
West Parish Meeting House Westport 2/10
Middle Encampment Redding 8/13
Charcoal Mound Barkhamsted 3/15
The Walt Landgraf Soapstone Quarry Barkhamsted 4/15
Gail Borden Condensed Milk Factory Torrington 5/15
Midway Railroad Roundhouse Archaeological Complex Groton 6/15
Nike Missile Site — HA-36 Portland 8/15
 Gungywamp Groton 7/23


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