Anne T. Roberts-Pierson Gales Ferry
Local maritime history matters; to many, this is clear. But Gales Ferry might not be the first locale that comes to mind.
What a surprise we had on July 7, when more than 100 hardy and eager individuals turned up to scale the steep ascent to Mount Decatur.
While thousands gathered in New London for OpSail and SailFest events to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, small groups braved the oppressive humidity and high temperatures to discover, experience and therefore honor the 1812 war efforts of Commodore Stephen Decatur, his small squadron of ships and crew, and their fortifications right here in Gales Ferry atop this panoramic historic site.
Many thanks to all sponsors including Styron LLC, the town of Ledyard, Mayor John Rodolico, Gales Ferry United Methodist Church and Boy Scout Troop 12.
Site access, trail work, historical information and icy bottles of water provided by Styron were much appreciated by all.
A free, safe, fun and neighborly learning experience was had by everyone.
It is through these types of events/outings that our local history comes alive and our own unique sense of place revealed.
Only then does the importance of preserving historic landscapes such as these become obvious.