Merritt Family Forest
75 acres in Groton, CT
Parking: Shoulder parking near 74 Fishtown Rd, Mystic, CT
Trail Map Trails: Unknown Rating: Unexplored
This is a partial/incomplete listing as I have not yet explored the property.
The property is part of the Groton Cross Town Trail.
Preserved in 2008. From the GOSA site:
Part of the original Fanning/ Eccleston Farm, founded in 1705, it ranged from the top of Fort Hill to the common lands of Noank, a few miles away, and included up to 200 acres. The original 1732 farmhouse and fields still exist on 6 acres of land adjacent to the Merritt property. The Francis E. Merritt family acquired the property in 1868. Fort Hill was the site of the fortified village of Chief Sassacus, later occupied by Robin Cassasinamon and his tribe in 1669. There is one known colonial archeological site on the property and four Native American campsites in close proximity as documented by Nicholas Bellantoni, State Archeologist.