Town Name: Groton
Area: 55 SQ MILES
Brief History: Chartered in 1789, there is some debate as to whether the town was named after Groton, Massachusetts, or Groton, Connecticut. The first settlement was in 1787, and it was organized in 1797 at the first town meeting.
General Area Info: Groton contains Groton Pond, Rickers Mills, Rickers, and West Groton. The unincorporated village of Groton had a population of 419 in 2020. Groton State Forest occupies most of the western third of the town. At 3,352 feet, Signal Mountain is the highest point in town. The headwaters of Wells River, a tributary of the Connecticut River, are in Groton.
Attractions:Groton State Forest, Lake Groton, Pigeon Pond, Seyon Lodge State Park, Ricker Pond State Park, Kettle Pond State Park, Stillwater State Park, Peacham Bog, Boulder Beach State Park, Owl’s Head, The Groton Nature Center
Recreational Activities: Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, Snowshoeing, Cross-Country skiing, Boating, Paddling, Swimming, Fishing, Snowmobiling, Hunting, Camping, Bird Watching
- Private William Scott, the “Sleeping Sentinel,” who was pardoned by President Abraham Lincoln when he was sentenced to be executed for sleeping at his post is a native of Groton.
- The 25,000-acre Groton State Park is the second largest protected area in the state and contains six state parks within its boundaries.
- K-8: Blue Mountain Union School
- High School: Blue Mountain Union School
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