A SUNNY DAY IN DOWNTOWN NEW LONDON
New London Travel Blog› entry 11 of 19 › view all entries
October 1st, 2007 – by: mellemel8
New London is a seaport city and a port of entry on the northeast coast of the United States. It is located at the mouth of the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut.
New London was founded in 1646. It was a base of American naval operations during the Revolutionary War and was a major whaling port in the 19th century.
The Norwich-New London metropolitan area includes twenty-one towns and 266,618 people. The population of the city of New London is 26,174.
New London hosts Connecticut College, Mitchell College, and the United States Coast Guard Academy, as well as the small private secondary school The Williams School. The Connecticut College Arboretum is a fine, 750 acre (3 km²) arboretum and botanical garden.
Ye Antientist Burial Ground, circa 1652, is one of the earliest colonial graveyards in New England. Here is a significant repository not only of the first generation of settlers, but an open air museum of the early stonecutter's art as well. Of all Connecticut burying grounds, this in New London may hold the greatest variety of different carving schools. There is also a historical site in the remains of Fort Griswold (located across the Thames River in Groton, CT), dedicated to Americans that fell in the Battle of Groton Heights defending the fort and the city against British invaders.
Thirteen years ago, in July 1993, the world famous whale artist known by the single name of Wyland, spent one week in New London, Connecticut. He had come east from California to paint a series of giant, life-size whale murals on exterior building walls in the 15 states along the east coast of the United States.
The "Whaling City" of New London, once second only to New Bedford as an American whaling port, was chosen as the site for his Connecticut mural. The Sperm Whale, the species most hunted by Connecticut whalers in the 1800's, had been designated by the legislature in 1985 as Connecticut's official state animal. So this was the whale that Wyland selected to portray in a monumental painting on the 170-foot long and 40-foot high side of a large store at the corner of Eugene O'Neill Drive and State Street in the heart of the city.
Union Plaza at the foot of State Street
Original located at the corner of Union and State Streets in New London. It has since been moved and now sits on the Parade (Union Plaza) at the foot of State Street across from Union Railroad Station. It can be viewed only from the outside.
Nathan Hale, who was hanged as a spy September 22, 1776, by the British during our Revolutionary War, was teaching here when he enlisted. He was an officer in the Connecticut militia and took part in the seige of Boston before volunteering for the dangerous mission of getting information about the British on Long Island.
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