Since the Colonial era, Fort Trumbull has served as the site of various military forts, schools and research facilities for the United States Army, Coast Guard and Navy. The original structure was built to protect the New London Harbor from British attack and later served as part of the country’s coastal defense system. The masonry fort that stands today was constructed between 1839 and 1852.
Fort Trumbull is unique due to the Egyptian Revival features incorporated into its design. Visitors can take in the incredible views of New London Harbor from the Fort’s ramparts and explore the interior which features a 19th Century restored living quarters, a mock laboratory, and a 1950’s era office furnished to resemble a research and development lab at the facility.
The world class Visitor Center contains state of the art multimedia theaters, computer touch screen interactive exhibits, 3-D models, and extensive graphics and text panels. This one of a kind center depicts over 225 years of military history and technological advances from the Revolutionary War to the Cold War. Some of the main themes of the Visitor Center are the September 6, 1781 attack by the British under the command of Benedict Arnold, the U-boat menace during World War II, and the anti-submarine efforts during the Cold War.
This site also offers spectacular fishing opportunities. Its one-of-a-kind fishing pier boasts access to the major game fish of Long Island Sound. Saltwater anglers will find a unique combination of sport fish including striped bass, bluefish, weakfish and tautog as they feed on the variety of bait fish found at the mouth of the Thames River. In addition to 24-hour access, the pier offers bright lighting and individual pole holders for angler comfort; year-round restrooms and fresh running water.
Address: 90 Walbach Street, New London, CT 06320
Phone Number: (860) 444-7591
Hours: The Visitor Center and fort are open Wednesday – Sunday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm through Labor Day. The Center is closed between Labor Day and Memorial Day Weekend. The park is open year round.
Admission: Visitor’s Center and Fort Trumbull tours are $6 for ages 13 and over, $2 for ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.