Pequot War Grant Initiatives

Old Saybrook Historical Society
Wins 2020 National Award of Excellence

Exciting New Publication

America’s first and most neglected war

THE SIEGE AND BATTLES OF SAYBROOK FORT AND THE PEQUOT WAR

Until now, we knew very little about the Fort and the sieges that occurred there.  But here- based on years of archaeological and historical research—is this exciting story, until now, of America’s most neglected war.

Author James Powers has examined newly discovered documents and archaeological findings to tell this story in a concise, comprehensive and compelling way.

Battlefield Preservation News

A capacity crowd filled the Vicki Duffy Pavilion at Saybrook Point in the fall of 2019 to hear about the plans to list the sites related to the siege and battles of Saybrook Fort (1636-1637) on the National Register of Historic Places and to take a guided walking tour of nearby sites.
 
Through a project funded by the American Battlefield Protection Program, National Park Service, the Old Saybrook Historical Society is working to help preserve these sites and develop educational materials for schools and the public.
 
Fort Saybrook was the first military post to be built by European in the Connecticut wilderness and the area at and around the fort became the site for the most prolonged and intensive fighting of the Pequot War.
 
This original fort was constructed in 1636-37 and located at the highest point on Saybrook Point, not to be confused with Saybrook Fort Memorial Park which was the location of the second fort.  The first fort was destroyed by fire in 1647. 
 
After the October walking tour Dr. Kevin McBride and his team from the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center discussed the development of an informational brochure, the placement of historic markers, and the application for listing the sites in the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.
Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort - May 12, 2019

Siege and Battles of Saybrook Fort – May 12, 2019

The War at Saybrook Fort

Saybrook Fort was the first military post to be built by Europeans in the Connecticut wilderness and the area became the site for the most prolonged and intensive fighting of the Pequot War.

 To increase understanding and appreciation of this important Fort site and its role in the Pequot War, the Historical Society has been engaged in a project supported by the American Battlefield Protection Program to develop materials and programs for educators and the general public.

 Presenting these findings after a multi-year archaeological and historical study will be Dr. Kevin McBride, Univ. of Connecticut archaeologist and David Naumen, military historian at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.

A report on these developments was presented to the public at Saybrook Point Pavilion, in the spring, 2019.

 In addition, a brief report of work done to provide materials for educators was presented by James Powers, former educator and now principal of Seeking the Past -Historical Consultants.

 Following the program there will be short talking tour of nearby sites related to Saybrook Fort and the Pequot War.

 The original Saybrook Fort was constructed in 1636-1637 and located at the highest point on Saybrook Point, not to be confused with Saybrook Fort Monument Park which was the approximate location of the second fort.  The first fort was destroyed by fire in 1647.

 The Historical Society is currently working to have the Fort listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.

 Funding for the Saybrook Fort program comes from the National Park Service, American Battlefield Protection Program.  For further information about Saybrook Fort or the Society’s work, email:  contact@saybrookhistory.org or call 860-395-1635.

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