GROTON, Conn. - Come by land or by sea to explore art and history in the historic Groton Bank Neighborhood.

Historic and cultural sites in the Groton Bank neighborhood are collaborating to provide a special experience for visitors as we celebrate the statewide Connecticut Open House Day, June 8. All events are free and family-friendly. Free boat service is available between Groton and the New London pier on the Groton Bank Day ferry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., sponsored by Electric Boat. Ample free parking is available on various streets throughout Groton Bank, and a free shuttle bus operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to transport guests between participating sites. Food and beverages are available for purchase at many locations.

Programs that include site passports will be issued to all visitors, listing the neighborhood sites and providing directions. Guests are encouraged to have their passports stamped at each location they visit; those collecting at least five stamps are eligible to enter a prize drawing.

Bill Memorial Library is hosting Art on Groton Bank, a festival featuring arts and crafts, plus the Friends of the Library used book sale. The Avery-Copp House offers museum tours, children’s games, and kitchen demonstrations. Visitors to Fort Griswold Battlefield will enjoy guided tours of the fort, explore the Monument House Museum, and climb 166 steps to the top of the Groton Monument. The Ebenezer Avery House on the grounds of Fort Griswold is open for tours of the 18th century homestead.

The stone and slate Groton Congregational Church opens its doors to showcase beautiful stained-glass windows. The Groton Bank Historical Association provides walking tour information for those who would like to explore the neighborhood on foot. The historic village of Groton Bank boasts many architectural styles spanning the past 300 years, representing the tastes of the prosperous sea captains who once lived here.

A volunteer-run organization, Groton Bank Day relies on the generosity of its sponsors, including Electric Boat, Chelsea Groton Bank, Groton Utilities, the Garde Arts Center, Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, the City of Groton, Groton Senior Center, The Resident, Cumulus Radio, and Northeast Forensics. All sites are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., passports can be picked up at any location, and transportation is available all day. To learn more, or to sign up as a volunteer on that day, visit grotonbankday.org.

Connecticut Media Group