Amy Perry Named Executive Director of Thames River Heritage Park

New London, CT –The Thames River Heritage Park has named Amy Perry as Executive Director. Perry had previously been the Park’s Interim Executive Director and now assumes the position in a permanent capacity. 

The Thames River Heritage Park is a collection of national and historic sites along both shores of the Thames River that tell the stories that shaped our nation. It is the only Heritage Park in Connecticut.
“Southeastern CT is rich with history and the Thames River Heritage Park will play a leading role in building awareness of and visitorship to the area. I’m thrilled to continue the work that has been in the making for so many years and by so many dedicated people,” says Perry.
“The TRHP Foundation is pleased that Amy has accepted the position.  Having the benefit of her experience has been a boon to the organization since she joined us and we look forward to continued progress in the future,” says Marian Galbraith, TRHP Board od Directors President and former City of Groton Mayor.
A key component of the Park is the operation of a water taxi, which ferries riders to three locations: Fort Trumbull and the Downtown Historic Waterfront District in New London and Fort Griswold in Groton. The water taxi season ended Sunday, September 17th and will resume Memorial Day Weekend 2018.
Among Perry’s responsibilities will be to build a collaboration among the almost 20 heritage sites within the Park to create a community of sites for a rich and relevant visitor experience.  Before joining the Park she had been a principal at Smizer Perry, an award-winning marketing and design firm and, more recently, served as Director of Communications for Chamilia, a division of Swarovski.
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, in addition to Fort Trumbull are the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, the Custom House Maritime Museum, the Shaw Mansion and the Hempsted Houses. For more information on the park, visit
Thames River Heritage Park 2017 sponsors include Yale New Haven Health/Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, Groton Utilities, The Day, Atlantic Broadband, WNLC 98.7, The Resident, and Crockers Boatyard, with additional support from The Cities of New London and Groton and the Town of Groton.