The New London County Historical Society is currently closed for open house tours. We are training new docents and will have tour hours soon.  You may arrange a tour by emailing Additionally our archivists are checking email and responding to inquiries via the email Please check our research page for more information.

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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

3rd Edition of the Joshua Hempstead Diary has arrived! We are pleased to offer this updated version of the diary.  It contains additional material, corrected entries and a comprehensive index.  To purchase click Here

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Researchers are welcome to use the collections by appointment.
Email for a preliminary finding at

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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