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Location: New London, CT 06320 New London County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 20.62', W 72° 5.653'

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On this rocky and windy promontory overlooking the Thames River, more than two hundred years of military history have unfolded. The history of this place and those who served here reflects strategic and technological developments from the American Revolution through the cold war.

From 1775, when Connecticut was a colony preparing to defend itself against British oppression, through the standoff with the Soviet Union in the second half of the twentieth century, the activities and fortification of this site illustrate the evolution of American defense.

Three successive forts were built on this neck of land to protect New London Harbor in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In the twentieth century, the site became both a training facility, for the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Merchant Marine, and a vital center for top-secret scientific research in two world wars and for several more decades, into the 1990s.
Placed ByFort Trumbull State Park
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Date Added Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 7:10am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 743120 N 4580982
Decimal Degrees41.34366667, -72.09421667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 20.62', W 72° 5.653'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 20' 37.20" N, 72° 5' 39.18" W
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Area Code(s)860
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1-99 East St, New London CT 06320, US
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