On recommendation from our latest MAP Assessment, the New London County Historical Society and Shaw Mansion will be closed to the public beginning on December 17, 2016. We will reopen on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. During this closure, we will be working diligently to organize and enhance the accessibility of our collection; plan and schedule programs and events for 2017; and revamp our membership and research policies. We encourage you to check our website and Facebook page for routine updates.

We will not be providing house tours or taking research appointments during this time. Research requests submitted via email, telephone, or mail will be responded to in the order they are received. Our response time will be longer than usual, but we will be processing requests on Wednesdays during this period of time. During this time we will still be distributing renewals and accepting new members as well as donations.

We understand the inconvenience this may cause our patrons and encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns. We appreciate the years of support, and are looking forward to the exciting endeavors 2017 will bring!

Questions or concerns: and/or 860-443-1209

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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