HISTORIC FORT WOOSTER PARK HOSTS FLAGPOLE DEDICATION AND CELEBRATIONON JULY 5, 2014, THE 235TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF NEW HAVEN
June 30, 2014 (New Haven, CT) The Friends of Fort Wooster (), a non-profit organization associated with the Elm City Parks Conservancy, is hosting a flagpole dedication and flag raising ceremony on Saturday, July 5, 2014.
The celebration is being held in conjunction with the Grand Lodge of Connecticut’s David Wooster Day, an annual gathering of CT Masonic lodges paying tribute to the Revolution War hero and “father of Connecticut Freemasonry,” David Wooster—for whom the park is named–who was the founding Worshipful Master of the New Haven Hiram Lodge No. 1 in 1750 and died at the battle of Ridgefield in 1777.
The event, which begins at 12:00 noon at Fort Wooster Park in New Haven, will be hosted by the Friends of Fort Wooster and will include the dedication by the flagpole, donated by the Grand Lodge of Connecticut and local Masonic Lodges, in honor of David Wooster, and the presentation of the American flag, donated by the Mary Clapp Wooster chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Colonial era re-enactors and an honor guard contingent from Fort Nathan Hale & Black Rock Fort, also of New Haven, will be present.
New Haven Register
Jim Shelton, 8/13/2013
NEW HAVEN Fort Wooster hasn't seen this much action since the Redcoats came clamoring up the hill in 1779.
Now, like then, a hardy band of locals stands ready to protect and defend this chunk of New Haven's East Shore. Only this time, the Friends of Fort Wooster are using chainsaws and rakes, not muskets and gunpowder.
"It's the most historic part of New Haven nobody knows about," said Tom Holman, a retired firefighter who lives on Beacon Avenue and has heard the stories of the fort's glory days since he was a child. "To me, it was like having a jewel in your back yard."
Photo credit: Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register