A few years ago, a book was published1 that started Groton Town officials thinking about doing something to celebrate the man who is referred to as "John Ledyard the Traveler". He was, after all, born in Groton, and the Ledyards were a prominent family in this area.
A relative, Colonel William Ledyard, was the commander of Fort Griswold in Groton that was taken by the British late in the Revolutionary War. The town to the north of Groton is called Ledyard.
The plans were several years in the making. Finally, the Town commissioned a plaque and a small pink granite stone and approached the board of the Bill Memorial Library which is situated in the oldest area of Groton (Groton Bank) where Ledyard was born. The board was delighted to have the memorial located on library property which, interestingly, sits very close to Fort Griswold.
The event itself, held on the beautiful September 14 afternoon in 2009, was attended by Town and City officials, Library officials, our wonderful Town Historian Carol Kimball, author James Zug, and members of the public.