NLCHS RumRaiser

If you love history and rum, join us on October 19th, rain or shine, for a day of fun! Attend one or both events, the choice is up to you!

Thames River Cruise
Date: Oct. 19th, 2019
Time: 2-4PM, boarding begins at 1:30PM
Location: 2 Ferry Street, New London

RumRaiser Cocktail Competition (21 & over only)
Date: Oct. 19th, 2019
Time: 5-8PM
Location: 11 Blinman Street, New London


Cruise Tickets
$35 Non-Members
$30 Members

RumRaiser Tickets
$35 Non-Members
$30 Members

Both Event Tickets
$60 Non-Members
$50 Members

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. While taking in the fall foliage, participate in a Rum Seminar and Tasting by The Real McCoy Rum’s Abbi Miller and learn more about the history of rum in New London by NLCHS’s Steve Manuel.

-Rum Seminar & Tasting-

Abbi, co-owner of The Real McCoy, will offer a guided tasting of aged rums through the lens of the Prohibition history of Bill McCoy. She will offer insight into historical and current rum production as we taste four expressions of The Real McCoy, including a Limited Edition Aged rum that is the oldest rum ever produced at the Foursquare Distillery.

-History of Rum-

Join Steve Manuel, executive director of NLCHS, for a discussion on the history of rum in New London. From its beginnings in Barbados, to its introduction into the colonies, rum has had a significant impact on the United States. Rum drove the triangle trade, and during prohibition adventurous men defied the Coast guard and ran Rum from the Caribbean to New London. Learn about rum’s varied history and its influence on the shaping of America.

Cruising time is two hours, with a departure time of 2PM. Please arrive by 1:30PM for boarding.

Parking Details
Water Street Garage – 160 Water Street
Winthrop Blvd Garage – 38 Governor Winthrop Blvd

Signature Cocktail Competition

The New London County Historical Society and The Real McCoy invite you to participate in our 1st Annual Signature Rum Cocktail Competition in the gardens of the historic Shaw Mansion in downtown New London.

Sample signature rum cocktails created by local bars using rum graciously provided by The Real McCoy. Once you’ve sampled each contenders creations, pick your favorite cocktail and cast your vote. The winning cocktail will be featured at our 150th celebration in December 2020. 

Enjoy music from the band Fleet throughout the evening as you sample some truly unique drinks at this one-of-a-kind event.  If you get hungry we’ve got three food trucks (Curb your Appetite, Captain Scott’s and Pop’s Ice Cream Truck) ready to meet your every food craving.

Note the Cocktail Competition is only for those 21 years and over!

RumRaiser Parking
New London has several parking garages and lots within walking distance to the Shaw Mansion, in addition to street parking.

Water Street Garage – 160 Water Street
Winthrop Blvd Garage – 38 Governor Winthrop Blvd
Green Street Parking Lot – 126-160 Green Street
Street parking on Bank, Blinman, Brewer, Tilley, Howard and Reed Streets

Cocktail Contenders

Interested in competing? Call 860-443-1209 or email

Event Sponsors

Thank you to our event sponsors. Your continued support ensures NLCHS continuation of its mission. If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor please visit our Sponsorship page.