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

10th Annual Thames River Cruise

Enjoy the crisp, cooling temperatures of fall on an afternoon cruise up the Thames River on Cross Sound Ferry‘s Cecelia Ann on October 19th from 2PM-4PM. While taking in the changing colors of the fall, participate in a Rum Seminar and Tasting by The Real McCoy’s Abbi Miller.

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 from 5PM-8PM in the historic gardens of the Shaw Mansion in downtown New London.

Witch Trials Lecture

In partnership with the Connecticut Historical Society and Avery-Copp House, NLCHS is pleased to host Witches in Connecticut, a traveling presentation about those who were tried for witchcraft in Connecticut at the Shaw Mansion on November 16th at 5PM.

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.


Become a Member

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