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Ledyard is named after Revolutionary War Colonel William Ledyard, who was killed in the Battle of Groton Heights in 1781.

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1839 - Ledyard
Ledyard, Connecticut
New London County. This town was taken from Groton in 1836. It was formerly called North Groton. It is 7 miles N. by E. from New London and 8 S. fron Norwich. There is a pretty village, of some thirty houses, at Gale's ferry, on the Thames. The population of the town, in 1836, was about 2,000. About twenty of the Pequot tribe of Indians reside here: a miserable remnant of a great and powerful nation.

This town was named in honor of two brothers, natives of Groton: Col. Ledyard, the brave defender of Groton Heights in 1781;—and John Ledyard, the celebrated traveler, who died at Cairo, in Egypt, in 1789, aged 38. John Ledyard was probably as distinguished a traveler as can be found on record. "Endowed with an original and comprehensive genius, he beheld with interest, and described with energy, the scenes and objects around him; and by comparing them with what he had seen in other regions of the globe, he was enabled to give his narrative all the varied effect... Read MORE...

1906 - Ledyard
Ledyard, a post-village of New London co., Conn., in Ledyard township (town), 8 miles SSE. of Norwich. The town is bounded on the W. by the Thames River. Pop. in 1900, 1236.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Ledyard and the surrounding region:
Mystic Seaport Museum: Just a short drive from Ledyard, Mystic Seaport Museum is a fantastic place to explore Connecticut's maritime history. You can wander through a recreated 19th-century coastal village, board historic ships, and learn about the area's seafaring heritage.

Foxwoods Resort Casino: Ledyard is home to one of the largest resort casinos in North America, Foxwoods Resort Casino. Even if you're not into gambling, the resort offers a range of entertainment options, including concerts, comedy shows, shopping, and dining.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center: Learn about the Native American history and culture of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe at this impressive museum. The exhibits are educational and engaging, and the museum often hosts events and programs.

Hiking and Nature Walks: Ledyard and the surrounding area offer several scenic hiking trails and nature walks. Bluff Point State Park in nearby Groton has beautiful coastal trails, while Pachaug State... Read MORE...

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