Groton, Connecticut, is located midway between New York and Boston, on the shore of the Long Island Sound and is framed by both the Thames River and the Mystic River. With a population of about 40,155 (2010 census), it is home of the US Naval Submarine Base and became known as the “Submarine Capital of the World” during World War II. Today, Groton is the home of the Electic Boat Corportion, which is the major contractor for submarine work for the United States Navy. The Global Research and Development campus of Pfizer is also located in Groton, as is the University of Connecticut's branch campus and Marine Sciences Center at Avery Point, making it a college town.
Groton's role in American history is found throughout the town with several museums and landmarks including Fort Griswold, a Revolutionary War base built to defend the port of New London, and most infamously known as the site of the betrayal of American forces by Benedict Arnold. Picture of Lower Battery at Fort Griswold courtesy of Wikipedia and Staxringold; picture of Branford House on University of Connecticut's Avery Point Campus courtesy of Wikipedia and PI.1415926535; picture of USS Nautilus moored in Groton at the Submarine Force Museum courtesy of Wikipedia and Victor-ny.