New London, CT — The Thames River Heritage Park will offer history-themed walking tours at Fort Trumbull and downtown New London on three August weekends.
The downtown tour covers general history of the city from pre-Colonial days through the 20th century with an emphasis on celebrating the city’s diversity. The Fort Trumbull tour focuses on the fort’s importance during numerous historic eras starting in the Colonial period and also covers the history of the Fort peninsula through the 20th century.
Both 40-minute tours leave from the Thames River Heritage Park’s water taxi docks at the respective sites. The downtown dock is at City Pier and the Fort Trumbull dock is at Pier 7, near the site of the US Coast Guard’s Eagle dock. The Fort Trumbull tours are scheduled at 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 9. The downtown tours are scheduled at 4:20 p.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 9.
The tours are free to water taxi riders and season pass holders and $5 for others. Tours will be led by Gail B. MacDonald, a New London resident, University of Connecticut journalism professor and author of two local history books. Advanced tickets may be purchased here.
All walkers must wear masks and listening devices will allow for appropriate social distancing. For more information about these tours see our Events Calendar.
2020 TRHP sponsors include: Groton Utilities, Yale New Haven Health/L&M, Atlantic Broadband, The Day, Thames Valley Communications, The Garde Arts Center, Hall Communications and Chelsea Groton Bank.