The New London County Historical Society was established in 1870 and purchased the Shaw Mansion in 1907. The Shaw Mansion was built in 1756 and serves as the Society’s headquarters and houses its vast collection of material culture artifacts and archives. NLCHS provides tours of our period decorated rooms and permanent exhibits to visitors while assisting researchers in our Research and Genealogy Library. Its climate controlled vault stores documents from the eighteenth century including the Joshua Hempsted Diary.

Upcoming Events & Programs

10th Annual Thames River Cruise

Enjoy the crisp, cooling temperatures of a traditional New England fall on an afternoon cruise up the Thames River on Cross Sound Ferry‘s Cecelia Ann on October 19th. While taking in the changing colors of the fall foliage, participate in a Rum Seminar and Tasting by The Real McCoy’s Abbi Miller. Cruising time is two hours, with a departure time of 2PM. Please arrive by 1:30PM for boarding. Light fare will be provided. Visit our Cruise page for further event details.

First Annual RumRaiser

The New London County Historical Society and The Real McCoy invite you to participate in our first annual signature rum cocktail competition on October 19th in the gardens of the Shaw Mansion in downtown New London. Enjoy music throughout the evening as you sample some truly unique drinks at this one-of-a-kind event.  For full event details, visit the RumRaiser page. Note this is a 21 and up event only. All attendees must show their ID upon entry.

Charitable Giving

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the New London County Historical Society relies upon its members and the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations to provide needed support for our programs and operations.  

Please join us in preserving and sharing New London County’s rich past by making a contribution today.

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New London CT, 06320
Tel: (860) 443-1209