in Groton, CT

by Mary Virginia Goodman,

edited by Joe Lantiere

After the Battle of Groton Heights on September 6, 1781, the wounded American soldiers were placed in a cart to be dragged down the steep hill to the shore of the river to be taken as prisoners in a British ship to New York. The wagon increased in speed as it descended the hill; the men pulling were obliged to let it roll. It got away from them and collided with a tree, causing much agony to the wounded occupants. They were taken into Ebenezer Avery's house and laid on the floor. And for many years, the blood stains were plainly seen on the wide floor boards.

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.

The Ebenezer Avery House is located on Fort Street in Groton, CT
on the grounds of Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park

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.

The House is open Noon to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend
or by appointment. The telephone number of the House is (860) 446-9257.

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.

Here are more pictures of the interior of the house:

Pictured below is a (left) a bureau in an upstairs bedroom
and (right) a view of the front garden from a second floor window.

Pictured below is a full-size loom housed in an upstairs room.

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Free Groton, CT Shuttle Bus Service in 2019

The Thames River Heritage Park will be offering complimentary shuttle bus service on the Saturdays listed below
from the Thames River Landing in Groton, CT to the Groton Historic Sites on the following Saturdays:

June 8, July 6, July 20, July 27
August 3, August 10, August 17, August 24, August 31

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.

The free shuttle is made possible in part by the Submarine Force Museum Association and the Friends of Fort Griswold.

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