Thames River Heritage Park Awarded 'Best Historical Attraction' by CT Magazine
The Park is a collection of national and historic sites along two shores of the Thames River linked by a water taxi that tell the stories that shaped our nation and our region during the past 400 years.
“We are thrilled that such a well-respected and well-read publication has chosen the Park for this award out of all the historical attractions in the state. It is quite an honor and a testament to the dozens of volunteers as well as to our local municipalities who have worked for decades to make the Thames River Heritage Park become a reality. And, the fact that we are just in our third season, makes it all the more amazing,” says TRHP Executive Director Amy Perry. “ We have seen our water taxi ridership more than double this year as compared to last. This award will help broadcast how much history and culture there is to experience in New London and Groton as well as throughout southeastern CT.
The water taxi is a hop on-hop off ride in which visitors can board the boat at any of the three landings and can tour at their leisure. Heritage sites within easy walking distance of the water taxi stops include, in Groton, the Avery-Copp House, the Ebenezer Avery Homestead, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park and the Subvets World War II National Memorial East and, in New London, Fort Trumbull State Park, the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, the Custom House Maritime Museum, the Shaw Mansion and the Hempsted Houses. For more information on the park, visit www.thamesriverheritagepark.org.
Thames River Heritage Park 2018 sponsors include Groton Utilities, The Day, Atlantic Broadband, Thames Valley Communications, WNLC 98.7, The Resident, and Crockers Boatyard, CT Port Authority with additional support from The Cities of New London and Groton and the Town of Groton.