Fort Trumbull Preservation Day


In September of 1781, the British stormed Fort Trumbull. On April 1, 2017, a very different group of people will descend on Fort Trumbull State Park. Members of the Civil War Trust, history buffs, preservationists, community volunteers, and Coast Guard Cadets will join together to help clean and restore Fort Trumbull, one of Connecticut’s important historical sites.


The mission of the Civil War Trust is to preserve our nation’s endangered Civil War battlefields and to promote appreciation of these hallowed grounds. During the Civil War, Fort Trumbull served as a Union center primarily for inducting and training recruits. (Learn more at www.civilwar.org). In addition, Fort Trumbull and Fort Griswold were the sites of the only Revolutionary War battle fought in Connecticut.


For the fifth year, volunteers will participate in activities ranging from painting, caulking, raking, dusting and cleaning in the buildings, and other maintenance projects large and small. This year, the Friends of Fort Trumbull are especially proud to have them spread topsoil and seed around the newly installed large concrete pad installed for band concerts and other events, through the efforts of the Friends of Fort Trumbull in co-operation with the Ranger at the Fort- Henry Alves.


This year’s Civil War Park Day on April 1, 2017, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Fort Trumbull, 90 Walbach Street, New London. Phone: 860-444-7591. The public is invited to join in this event, with all volunteers meeting at the Visitor’s Center Lobby at 8;30 a.m. to register and to be assigned to a project by the park staff.


Participants are asked to bring work gloves; supplies and snacks will be provided by the Friends of Fort Trumbull. A Civil War Trust t-shirt and patch will be given to each participant. This event will take place rain or shine.


To learn more about the Friends of Fort Trumbull go to www.fortfriends.org For further information on Park Day contact Chris Purrone at purrone@sbcglobal.net

Come to make a difference and to show your support for this worthy endeavor.