The New London County Historical Society and Shaw Mansion will be CLOSED Friday, September 1st. We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and enjoys these last few weeks of summer. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and look forward to seeing you in the future. If you have any questions or wish to book a research appointment for the future please contact 860-443-1209. REMINDER we now offer morning & afternoon appointments Wednesday-Friday.


The New London County Historical Society and Shaw Mansion will reopen on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. We will resume our normal operating hours of Wednesday through Thursday 1-4:00 PM. These hours are for docent led tours of the Shaw Mansion. Research will now be by appointment only. We are excited to announce that research appointments can now be made for morning hours. If you have research requests related to New London County we encourage you to reserve a spot today! Research appointments are limited and will fill up fast. Saturdays will be available on an as needed basis, but will not be available for regular scheduling. We hope that by opening up morning slots we will be able to accommodate more researchers, and help fulfill more research requests.

Distance research requests may still be submitted via our website or by emailing There is a preliminary research fee of $10.00 in order to begin processing the request. We have conveniently added a Preliminary Research Fee tab in our Shop for interested parties. We must receive your $10.00 before we can begin processing the request. We offer no guarantees that our resources will fulfill your queries, and standard research procedures do apply past the preliminary stage. If you wish to review our policy please access the link below.

NLCHS Research Policy

We appreciate your understanding of these changes, and look forward to seeing you at the historic Shaw Mansion in the coming days. If you have any questions or wish to schedule a research appointment please call 860-443-1209 or email

The past surrounds you here in the southeastern corner of Connecticut.

History is the fabric upon which the present is being stitched – attracting visitors and providing the common inheritance of our residents. The New London County Historical Society got an early start in collecting and preserving some of the documents, objects, and treasures that tell the story of our community. Founded in 1870, it is the oldest historical organization in eastern Connecticut and one of the oldest in the country. The historic site that is our headquarters – the Shaw Mansion, built by Captain Nathaniel Shaw in 1756, and war office for Connecticut’s navy during the Revolution – was sold to us by the family in 1907, a very early example of historic preservation. We invite you to explore the past and learn about how we have become who we are – and how you have become who you are.


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