HOW TO ACCESS THE AUDIO TOUR
Go to the izi.Travel website. Click on Audio Guides on the top banner. Enter Groton Bank in the search window that will appear.
Download the izi.Travel app (it's free!) and view it on your cellphone or tablet while you walk the tour! See the information at the right.
Four of the audio guides are about the Groton Bank: Life on the Groton Bank, Groton Bank and the American Revolution, The Navy and Groton Bank, and Whaling and the Groton Bank. There's even a Thames River Heritage Park: Hidden Thames Street Quest! The Thames River Heritage Park audio tour also contains a number of Groton Bank tourist sites.
Each audio tour is paired with a labelled map (see above) and a text version of the audio tour. For instance, The Life on Groton Bank audio tour contains segments on the architecture of the area, the history of slavery on the Groton Bank, as well as the origins of shipbuilding there.
It is definitely impressive to see how much history is encapsulated in the compact Groton Bank. As well as the well-known Revolutionary War sites, you can find out about lesser known history, such as the oldest documented house in the Groton Bank, the first United States Submarine Vets International club and a banjo-making company.
The Thames River Heritage Park self-guided audio tours were researched and written by Andy German and narrated and produced by Colleen Franks. A review of the Groton Bank audio tours was provided by Groton Bank Association members Tom Althuis, Horace Newbury, and Jim Streeter (who is also the Groton Town Historian). The tours were made possible through the generous support of the University of Connecticut's Maritime Studies Program, University of Connecticut's Office of Public Engagement, and the National Park Service.
The Apple-compatible app is available from the Apple Store
The Android App is available on Google Play or at the Windows Phone Store