My World Tuesday: Fort Trumbull, Connecticut

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A birdwatcher at Ocean Beach Park in New London, Connecticut, put us on to Fort Trumbull, just a short hop along the Thames River.

Fort Trumbull is one of 42 forts along the East Coast known as the Third System of Fortifications. This building, constructed from 1839 to 1852, is the third fort on this site. The web site for the fort says it is unique "because of the Egyptian Revival features incorporated in the architectural design." Who knew?

The site commands an incredible view up and down the river and is very, very beautiful. It's hard not to feel safe and sound with that much rock behind you and a few Coast Guard boats moored over your shoulder. Folks were picnicking and reading on the expansive lawns and enjoying the sunshine and breezes of a warm summer afternoon when we stopped by.

My World Tuesday

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  1. Wow! Your world seems so different from ours! Shows the diversity of the planet I guess!

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  2. Very cool!
    Love that 19th Cent Egyptian!


    Invite today for you on my blog ;-)
    Sandy....
    Aloha-

    Comfort Spiral

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  3. Interesting contrasts - the exterior is so stark, and inside the almost jewel-like cannon.

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  4. The exterior was grim & made me shiver slightly.
    Inside was lovely though.
    Thanks for the trip!

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  5. fun sightseeing trip-thanks. massive looking fort!

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  6. Love the simple clean lines of the first few shots --What a good post for the time of year

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  7. It seems that Forts always have magnificent views of the surrounding landscape. This one is beautifully situated. My Brother was a career Coast Guardsman. I always think of him when I see those boats.

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  8. I lived in Groton a very long time ago but I can't recall if I ever visited this area. Thanks for the tour!

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  9. Beautiful, clear shots. Those canon sure are shiny.

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  10. This reminds me a lot of Ft. Macon. Except the cannons are shinier and the architecture at Macon is probably closer to Medieval Dungeon Revival. I'm pretty sure they weren't incorporated into the same system of fortifications since Macon was designed by Robert E. Lee.

    Love the view, and the way you present it too!

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  11. fab captures of the fort and surrounding areas sandy.
    reminds me a bit of fort knox in maine.

    have a wonderful evening.

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  12. Beautiful photographs, Sandy. Nice and green and lots of water. We are so dry here in Texas it is pitiful. On the July 4th weekend only one (1) boat ramp was open on Lake Travis, which is a huge lake.

    Just stopping by for Click and Comment Monday.

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  13. Fantastic shots, Sandy, of a really beautiful spot in your world! Love the clouds and the water as well as the interesting architecture! Thanks for the great tour!

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  14. That is so cool. I need to find a way to go see this for myself. Thanks for sharing these great pictures.

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  15. Hi Sandy! This fort looks very much like a medieval castle! Very strong! Thanks for the trip! Great shots.

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  16. Anonymous4:53 PM

    It does remind me of a castle too, but what lovely views eh?

    Have a great week.

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  17. Beautiful shots and History.

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  18. Thanks for stopping by. Like your new avatar and the boat in your post.

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  19. What a beautiful place!!

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  20. That's an impressive fort and what a beautiful view of the river. I would definitely feel safe and sound there.

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  21. Oh I love forts and casltles This one looks very impresive

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  22. I can see why the fort was built where it is. What a view!

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  23. I just love stuff like this. I find it fascinating that even though the present fort was built so long ago it was the third fort. It is really neat to me how sites get reused over and over.
    I like the photos of the Coast Guard boats.

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  24. Great photos. I love the East but have never been to Connecticut - yet. :D

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  25. what a great weekend it was too!

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  26. Such a great and magnificient scenery! Have a nice week with your camera.

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  27. looks like a very formidable place!

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  28. Those cannons look so neat.

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  29. What a cool place to let your mind wander!! That's a bigger fort than I normally run into. :)

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  30. I never realized these forts existed. What a beautiful setting - looks like a promenade where you can enjoy the views.

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  31. It sure does look as though you had a wonderful day. That last image has captured the light in a magical way!

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  32. Wow - who keeps those guns so shiny?

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  33. Beautiful posts and they are all clear. Easier to appreciate with the slide. It's amazing how the modern world is able to preserve the historical remains of one's country.

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  34. Anonymous11:17 PM

    pictures totally rock...

    good job...

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  35. I always learn of more places in my adopted state the I really must visit from you! And I thank you for that, Sandy!

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  36. Beautiful. The view of the river side from the fort is beautiful.

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  37. Great view. Those are the shiniest cannons I've ever seen.

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  38. Very fine and interesting views.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Luckily those cannons are only decorative now! :-)

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  39. It's beautiful now that's it's not being used for military purposes anymore. How tranquil and peaceful and green.

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  40. A fascinating place. Looks safe and sound!

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  41. What magnificent views this fort has!

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  42. an amazing view, indeed!

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  43. Nice piece of history!

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  44. There are so many interesting places in this world and thanks to blogging we can find out about many of them. Thanks for the tour.

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  45. Anonymous7:17 AM

    "Egyptian revival"? "Brutalist school" comes to my mind, and my first thought was "prison architecture."

    Still it's a great location, and the design suits the purpose even if I don't find it esthetically pleasing. A nice place to spend the day and get some great photos.

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  46. Sandy, that last shot is just perfect! Very nice post.

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  47. Excellent series, Sandy! Have a great week.

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  48. After readibg your many blogs I marvel at your talamt You blog is a travel incentive to your world you past observation of nature and the hunen condition are erxpertly written
    I am so sad today Riverside village has posioned all the ducks om the river saying they are desease carriers next they want to posion te deer because of ticks next humens because that dp not comform to a standard Now where will I go?

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  49. Great photos! Living history, I love it.

    Have a great week!

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  50. Amazing how these places can end up so beautiful after their role changes.

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  51. Beautiful shots to look at..

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  52. Wow what contrasts and contradications, from groomed lawns, to stark walls, to shiny beautiful canons...great photos and information. Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles

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  53. Greta tour and photos. Just what I've become used to on your great site. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. I love old forts and you are right about the Coast Guard! Forts and water ... yippee!

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  55. These are great pictures of the fort and the surrounding area. We've visited Fort Pulaski near Savannah, Georgia, which was part of the same system of fortifications.

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  56. Amazing!!! Sandy I would love to visit something like this and your photos are just perfect!

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  57. Great pictures of the Fort. I especially enjoyed the CG boats since the hubby is a former Coastie.

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  58. That certainly looks like an interesting place to explore. I Enjoyed the photographs you shared.

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  59. u have nice and best collection of photo..

    wonderful...do u mind to exchange link with me?

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  60. It looks like a great place to wander around and learn. You've captured it so well.

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  61. Great photos, very nice!

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  62. Amazing photos-as always.

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