Boy Scout Troop 12 Guiding Tours To Fort Decatur Next Weekend

The Gales Ferry fort was constructed during the War of 1812.


In Recognition of the War of 1812 Bicentennial, the Town of Ledyard, , United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry and Boy Scout Troop 12 are sponsoring guided tours of Mount Decatur and the site of Fort Decatur in Gales Ferry on Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The fort was made during the War of 1812.

According to a press release, Commodore Stephen Decatur established Fort Decatur in 1813 when his fleet of three ships was bottled up by the British Fleet. Unable to rejoin his squadron, Decatur fortified the hilltop with cannons and structures made of earth and stone.

Remnants of the fort include stone structures and a monument inscribed on a boulder.

Mayor John Rodolico said the view from the river is incredible and people can get a sense of how the war was fought.

The hill is on private property and Rodolico urged people to go Saturday because, “it may be your last opportunity to make the hike for another year, so please take advantage of it.”

Visitors should park in the lot at at 10 Chapman Lane in Gales Ferry. All visitors will be required to sign a liability release form. Tours will be guided by Scouts from Troop 12 and should take between 45-minutes and 1-hour.

  • The hike is fairly strenuous, on uneven and steeply sloping trails, and people of poor health or limited mobility should not attempt this hike. 
  • All visitors should wear sturdy walking shoes and bring any sunscreen or bug repellent they may need. 
  • Vistors should wear appropriate clothing to offer protection from thorns and branches.
  • Bottled water will be provided at the top of the hill. 
  • The only available restroom facilities are those located at the United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry.
Paula Gonzales June 29, 2012 at 02:48 PM
So...not this weekend as the title states but next weekend on the 7th?
Jessie King June 29, 2012 at 04:05 PM
The tours are Saturday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Donna Kenyon June 29, 2012 at 09:35 PM
To anyone who is thinking of going, I highly recommend the trip. I grew up playing on Mount Decatur and the veiw is wonderful and highly unexpected. There is a large rock area that faces south that you can see all the way down the river on a clear day. I used to play there for hours and look out over Gales Ferry as if it was my own personal little kingdom. I laugh now but it took me years of searching to find the engraved boulder because it was on the Dow side of the hill and as a child I knew to stay away from that area. Finally, my neice and I took a hike up there about 6 years ago and we did not come down until we found it. It is nice to think we have a hidden piece of history here in Gales Ferry. I look forward to going just to see my favorite spot again. Thank you to all who are putting this on.
Michael Dreimiller June 30, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Argh. Nearly gave myself heat stroke rushing through cutting the grass this morning so that I could do this hike only to find nobody down there. Apparently the date in this article was wrong when I read this article yesterday.
Jessie King June 30, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Michael, a technical glitch caused a version of the article to publish before it should have. Although it did give a July 7 tour date, the headline could have been misleading. My apologies for any confusion it may have caused.


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