The venerable house that stood for over two hundred years and more at the corner of Latham Street and Thames Street in Groton, CT, known to everyone on Groton Bank as the Ebenezer Avery House, the house where the wounded soldiers were taken after the Battle of Groton Heights, was purchased by Stanton Avery of California, and given to the Avery Memorial Association in 1971.
This generous gift, deeply appreciated by the members, became the most exciting thing to happen to the Avery Memorial Association since the forming of the society and the dedication of the Avery Memorial Monument on the site of the original Hive of the Averys.
The location and surroundings of the Ebenezer Avery House on Thames and Latham Streets were so far different from the time in which it was built, that with the interest and cooperation of the Park and Forest Commission it became possible to have the house dismantled, board by board, and re-erected in its present position on the grounds of Fort Griswold, accessible from Fort Street in Groton, CT.
Directions to Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park:
Coming From I-95 North: take Exit 87 (Left Hand Exit) onto Clarence B. Sharp Highway. Turn right at first light onto Meridian Street. Turn left at first light onto Mitchell Street. Take second right onto Park Avenue. Park is one block straight ahead.
Coming From I-95 South: take Exit 87 onto Clarence B. Sharp Highway. Turn right at first light onto Meridian Street. Turn left at first light onto Mitchell Street. Take second right onto Park Avenue. Park is one block straight ahead.
Here it stands today, beautifully restored & furnished by The Avery Memorial Association with the antiques of the period of the revolution. The house is open to the public on weekends during the summer season, and visitors enjoy each pleasant room. They leave with the feeling of having spent an hour or two in some family home where all was in readiness to welcome them. Pictured below is a photograph of the southwest bedroom.
The shuttle bus will leave the Thames River Landing at 45 minutes after the hour and travel a continuous hop-on loop to Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park and Ebenezer Avery House, the Avery-Copp House, The SubVets WW II National Memorial East and the Submarine Force Museum/USS Nautilus and back to the Thames River Landing. The shuttle will run from 10:45 am until 4:45 pm. The last shuttle leaving the Thames River Landing will be at 3:45 pm. Visitors can pick up the shuttle from any of the listed locations. With the exception of the Submarine Force Museum/USS Nautilus, all sites are within a 15-minute walk from the water taxi landing.