Fort Trumbull State Park and Museum
Fort Trumbull has served as the location of various military forts, schools and research facilities for the United States Army, Coast Guard and Navy since colonial times. Located at 90 Walbach St. in New London, Conn., Fort Trumbull was first built to protect the New London Harbor from British attack and later served as part of the country’s coastal defense system.
The fort was constructed from 1839 and 1852 and is one of 42 forts constructed for the defense of the U.S. coast – and it harbors. This group of forts became known as the Third System of Fortifications. Fort Trumbull is unique in the "Third System" because of the Egyptian Revival features incorporated in its architectural design, considered a masterpiece in stonework and masonry.
The exterior of the fort contains informative markers and displays, a touchable cannon and artillery crew display, and gun emplacements. The fort interior features 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 public also has access to the ramparts for a spectacular view of the New London Harbor. For more information about Fort Trumbull State Park, visit the site.
Visitors can listen to recordings about Fort Trumbull’s 250-year history, from the Revolutionary War through the end of the Cold War, by scanning the CRISAccess® Tour QR Codes displayed on signs located throughout the Fort’s grounds and inside the Fort. The audio tour offers visitors with print challenges – including those who have low vision or a reading disability - insight into the fort’s unique role in Connecticut’s and the United States’ military history for coastal defense and military recruitment.
Civil War Era
Cold War Era