The Carol Wheeler Park, next to the Squannacook River in West Groton Village, was created 20 years ago, in large part with a substantial donation from a local business owner who had a dream of a West Groton Park. Some Groton Garden Club members were a part of the original town committee that developed it.
After its completion other residents of West Groton requested that it be re-named Carol Wheeler Park, in recognition of a local soldier who had died in combat. The large park had been neglected and was overgrown. In 2019, the Groton Garden Club received permission to maintain the section of the park from West Main Street to the bench behind the granite planter table. A major effort was undertaken to clean out and replant the sections along Townsend Road and in front of the planter to create a pollinator garden.
This beautiful park, the only one in West Groton, provides respite for residents and those who work near the village center.
Here’s some more West Groton history:
West Groton lies within a “V” formed by the Nashua and the Squannacook rivers. The old red brick Groton Leatherboard factory still stands on the Squannacook River as an example of the late industrial period of a New England mill village.
West Groton has its own post office, fire station, and water department. In the past, other areas of Groton were designated as east, south, and north, but only West Groton’s name survived.