Gurdon Bill Store, Ledyard

Gurdon Bill Store, Ledyard – Jerry Dougherty

The town of Ledyard, located New London County, sits along the Thames River in the southeastern corner of the state. Incorporated in 1836, the town of Ledyard was named after Colonel William Ledyard, a Revolutionary War soldier killed at the Battle of Groton Heights. Predominately a farming community in the 19th century, Ledyard in the 20th century became a bedroom community, with many of its residents commuting to Groton and New London to work. In 1992, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation opened the Foxwoods Resort Casino in the northeastern section of town. Tremendously successful, the complex is a popular Connecticut tourist destination.


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