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

Rum, Rum Runners and Rapscallions

Join us on October 24th in the Shaw Mansion Garden as we host the Rum, Rum Runners, and Rapscallions Masque.  Taste rum, listen to music, and hear tales of pirates, privateers, and rumrunners.  Costumes are encouraged, and masks are required.  For more information or to purchase tickets go to MASQUE

Urban Renewal in New London

Currently the NLCHS is working with the Connecticut College to publish a book on Urban Renewal in New London during the 6o’s. It is being published in conjunction with the Urban Renewal website created by the Students of Connecticut College.

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