Favorite thing: We drove onto the UConn campus to look at and photograph the lighthouses. It was nice to stand out on the point on a nice sunny warm day, but I imaging that the campus could be really cold in this location at the winter.
Fondest memory: Branford House was built in 1903 by Morton Freeman Plant who was a wealthy businessman. Plant loved and became a benefactor of Groton. He supported and owned a minor league team in New London, The Planters. He endowed what is now Connecticut College, and established a trolley line, the Shoreline Electric Railroad (that ran through southeaster Connecticut into Rhode Island). It is thought that Plant chose to build his summer "cottage" at Avery Point because he did not have an interest in being part of the social circles of Newport. The undeveloped Groton area allowed him to build his greenhouses and farms in a way that he never could do in the already developed Newport. Named after the town where he was born, the Branford House was designed by his wife Nellie, who had studied architecture at the Sorbonne in Paris. English architect Robert W. Gibson carried out her plans. The exterior was done almost entirely in the Tudor style using granite quarried from the grounds in order to harmonize with the estate's natural surroundings.
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UConn Sculpture Path by the Sea~ Avery Point
Favorite thing: We found a path along the side of Avery Point, where not only did we have a great view of three lighthouses, but also there were outdoor sculptures. There was a brick walk with memorial bricks in it, and also a grave for the UConn mascot. The sculpture closest in the first photo is Gad Zooids by Nick Santoro. To the right at that is Welded Steel Bird of Paradise by Kenneth Bujnowski and to the left is Azucar.
My husband thought that Azucar (photo 3) looked to him like "Your Head on a Plate"
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