Introduction to New London, Connecticut
New London is a seaport town situated in southeastern Connecticut near the mouth of the Thames River. The United States Coast Guard Academy is located in the city. The town was a prominent base for American naval activities during the American Revolution. The downtown area features a large number of noteworthy historic structures. The famous playwright Eugene O'Neill resided in the city for years and a family home is now a museum and a Registered National Landmark.
A substantial number of peace rallies have been held in the city which typically occur near the Soldier's Monument. A notable active Green Party is located in New London. A significant number of businesses located downtown offer products to residents who are interested in being globally responsible and prefer to buy "fair trade" products to help the poor in the world. Arts and theater are prominent in New London.
In 1646 John Winthrop established a settlement in the area known as Pequot which was the name of an Indian tribe. It later took the name New London from the famous city in England. The Battle of Groton Heights occurred during the American Revolutionary War in 1781. During the clash, the city was severely damaged by a fire started by Benedict Arnold. His goal was to ruin the colonial fleet and the Americans' supplies. During the 19th Century New London prospered due to being a major whaling port and a prominent center for trading. Numerous homes and structures were built due to the prosperous whaling and trading activities.
Amtrak offers rail transportation for the city and Southeast Area Transit provides bus service. The town is served by the Groton-New London Airport. The T.F. Green and Bradley International airports are in the vicinity.
- The Hygienic showcases local artwork.
- Gardes Arts Theatre features a wide variety of performances.
- The prominent Lyman Allyn Art Museum is situated on the campus of Connecticut College and is an impressive looking building.
- Connecticut College Arboretum.
- Ye Antientist Burial Ground.
- The Olde Town Mill.
- Fort Griswold.
- United States Coast Guard Band.
- The "I Am Festival" is one of the biggest music festivals that occurs on the East Coast.
- Hempstead House is from the Colonial days.
- Monte Cristo Cottage.
- The United States Coast Guard Academy provides tours for the public.
- The USCGC Eagle is the Coast Guard training tall ship and is in port for a portion of the year and tours are offered.
- Ocean Beach Park features nightly entertainment, a boardwalk and a nature walk.
- The New London's Harbor Lighthouse.
- Shaw Perkins Mansion had been restored and features antique furniture, artwork and numerous artifacts.
The city is home to Connecticut College which is known for having an artistic and outspoken college community.