The Friends of Fort Trumbull are honored to present for
their June meeting, Ms. Beverly L. York, a local historian, who is the
Administrator of the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry, CT.Nathan Hale was born in Coventry in 1755.In
1768, at 13 years old, Nathan Hale attended YaleUniversity.Graduating with first -class honors, in 1773,
he became a teacher first in East Haddam and later in New London.
Those of us in the New
London area have long been familiar with the Nathan
Hale School House and its peripatetic movements.It now can be visited at 19 Atlantic Street, New London
When the Revolutionary War began, Nathan joined a Connecticut militia.During the Battle of Long Island, Hale
volunteered to go behind enemy lines and report on
British troop movement even though he knew that spies-if caught- would be hung
as illegal combatants.In 1776, after
his capture, he was hung without a trial by the British.At YaleUniversity in New Haven, Connecticut,
a statue bears his immortal last words, "I only regret that I have but one
life to lose for my country".
Ms. York will discuss Nathan Hale and the Nathan Hale
Homestead.The house, an example of a
Georgian-style home, is furnished with Hale-family pieces and period antiques.
It will re-open for tours in May 2011.
The meeting will take place on Thursday, June 30, at the FortTrumbullConferenceCenter,
90 Walbach Street, New London, CT
and begins promptly at
The public is welcome to attend this free presentation which is hosted by the
Friends of Fort Trumbull. Free parking is available just inside the main