Econo Lodge Inn & Suites
605 Gold Star Highway
Groton, CT 06340
Phone: (860) 445-1986
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Arts & Museums
The Jabez Smith House is an integral part of the Town of Groton and belongs to the 18th Century. Now, this house is a museum that displays collections pertaining to the 18th and 19th Century. You can also tour the house with prior appointment.
The beautiful sculptures and paintings catch your attention, as you enter The Gallery at Lighthouse. Situated within the Groton Shopping Plaza, this 450 square-foot (42 square-meter) store stocks some of the most beautiful art pieces. Aiming to promote contemporary art, this gallery welcomes known and unknown artists to display their art work.
Fort Griswold overlooks the Thames River that is the primary waterway in eastern Connecticut. During the Revolutionary War, For Griswold was a key landmark during the Battle of Groton Heights in 1781 when Benedict Arnold and British troops invaded and burned New London, including what is today Groton; however the Fort was spared when the British took control of it. The property includes several other structures. The Groton Monument, a 135-foot (41-meter) and 166-step obelisk dedicated to the fort's defenders. The nearby Monument House Museum and Ebenezer Avery House present numerous Revolutionary War-themed lectures and exhibits throughout the year.
This museum contains the world's first nuclear powered submarine. This is the United States Navy's official submarine museum.
One of the best tourist attractions in the state, the USS Nautilus is the world's first nuclear powered submarine and the sub is open for visitors to explore the nooks and crannies of a 1950s sub docked along the Thames River. Marvel at the re-creation of David Bushnell's Turtle, a one-man, torpedo-launching submarine invented during the Revolutionary War; the inventor was from the nearby town of Westbrook. The Submarine Force Museum houses over 30,000 pieces of nautical memorabilia and the museum is actively maintained by the Navy.
Alva Gallery is about both contemporary art and a commitment to the city of New London, Connecticut. The gallery offers works by artists, both local and international, in a variety of mediums.
Hygienic Art Galleries & Art Park's aim is to provide a platform for new as well as established and resident artists. The present location at Bank Street earlier housed Hygienic Restaurant, which shut in 1985. After a lot of community activism, the historic building that was scheduled to be demolished, was saved. Finally, the same opened in the year 2000 and stands as a testimony of successful community development projects and amazing venue for arts. An extended gallery of Hygienic Art called the Carriage House on 35 Golden Street, also showcases some interesting artwork.
The simple name belies the true nature of this multipurpose venue. Golden Street Gallery is not just an ordinary gallery but also doubles up as a theater and a space for live music performances and book fairs. As for the art work, the best is displayed from time to time. Beautiful paintings, abstract ceramics, different photography and other art forms find their place here. Donna Martel, Brad Guarino, Bernard Re, Jr., Adam Polsz, Sylvia Malizia and Gretchen Hatfield are some of the artists whose works have been showcased in Golden Street Gallery. Visits on Tuesday and Wednesday are by prior appointment only.
Muse is more than just a shoe store where you can get the latest sneakers, trendy flats or high tops. The owner, Frank Marchany, not only preoccupies his time as shoe saleman, but also in a DJ. Thanks to hi slove of music, there are dance nights with live bands and DJs from across the state coming to perform at this trendy shop. The shop is decorated with contemporary artworks as this store is also an art gallery where the artworks change monthly and there are special events to honor the artist of the month.
The Customs House in New London was constructed in 1833 and is the oldest continuously-operated customs office in the United States. This building is still a functioning customs building for the city of New London. Another notable feature of this building is that it was designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument.
Founded in 1926, this community art museum is a resourceful center to learn about the local culture. Over 15,000 works of art like paintings, prints, sculptures covering a time frame of 5000 years can be found in the beautiful Lyman Allyn Art Museum. The facade of the Charles A. Platt designed museum is Neo-classical and is quite a dominant feature at 625 Williams Street. The Museum shop present within, houses some of the world renowned books. Varied programs like Film nights, talks and other activities help in uniting the community. Check the website for further details.
Formerly known as the Shaw Mansion, the historic home is now referred to as the Shaw Mansion Museum. The house is included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is open to visitors for viewing its lovely collection.