The New London County Historical Society will be closed to the public while monitoring the Covid 19 virus situation. Our archivists are checking email and responding to inquiries. We’re not always on site, though, so we don’t have access to all of our collections and may not be able to answer your question in full immediately. However we will have someone working our collections from time to time during the week, to better answer 

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Founded in 1870, the New London County Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in eastern Connecticut and one of the oldest in the region. Headquartered out of the historic Shaw Mansion since 1907, NLCHS houses a vast collection of cultural artifacts and archives. NLCHS strives to preserve and share New London County’s rich history with researchers and the community alike through tours, educational programs and events.

Upcoming Events & Programs

Pirates and Privateers Lecture Cancelled

Our Privateering lecture has been cancelled. Due to a family emergency. We apologize for any inconvenience.  We shall reschedule the lecture after the first of the year.

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Santa at Shaw Mansion

Santa is returning to the Shaw Mansion on December 11th from 10AM to Noon. Please visit Santa in our long parlor and take as may pictures as you like!  This event is free and open to the public and made possible with a grant from the Chelsea Groton Bank.

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Shaw Mansion

Support NLCHS

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.



NLCHS has been a membership-based organization since it began in 1870. Our members understand how this region has been defined by its past, how history is the fabric of the community and key to our sense of place. Members support our mission to inspire residents and visitors to appreciate the county’s past and draw upon its rich heritage to understand the present and imagine its future.


Host an event

Shaw Mansion’s distinct historic spaces can accommodate your event, year-round. From spring through fall, the Mansion’s historic gardens serve as a beautiful backdrop for outdoor gatherings. For indoor events, the restored parlor and dining room offer cozy surroundings and New England charm.

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