Welcome to the New London County Historical Society

The New London County Historical Society was established in 1870 and purchased the Shaw Mansion in 1907. The Shaw Mansion was built in 1756 and serves as the Society’s headquarters and houses its vast collection of material culture artifacts and archives. NLCHS provides tours of our period decorated rooms and permanent exhibits to visitors while assisting researchers in our Research and Genealogy Library. Its climate controlled vault stores documents from the eighteenth century including the Joshua Hempsted Diary.

11 Blinman Street
New London, Connecticut 06320

Tel: 860-443-1209
Email: Info@nlchs.org

Upcoming Events & Programs

Murder Mystery Dinner

Mystery and intrigue are afoot at the Shaw Mansion in New London! NLCHS is partnering with Sanctum Simulations, LLC to host a Murder Mystery Dinner Mystery at Shaw Mansion on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Join us for dinner and a show as you step back in time and help Nathaniel Shaw Perkins Jr. discover hidden clues and plots that will lead investigators to the true identity of the murderer. 

What’s Where? Researching 101

Want to know more about a 100-year old incident in your town? Have an elusive ancestor? Bought a house and would like to write up its history for your family? Explore the basics of doing traditional and online research in a four-session course: March 20 and 27, April 3 and April 10.

Lecture on Frances Caulkins

Nancy Steenburg, PhD will be speaking about Frances Manwaring Caulkins, both about Caulkins’s life and work in Norwich, but more specifically about her involvement in the abolition movement in Norwich, where she was the first president of the Norwich Female Anti-Slavery Society.

Join & Get Involved

Become a Member

Membership in the New London County Historical Society, Inc. helps to support the work of the Society in preserving New London County’s history for future generations to study and enjoy.

Get Involved

NLCHS has a variety of internship and volunteer opportunities available! We have unpaid internship opportunities in collections, research, marketing, and program development.

We’re looking for volunteers who are interested in being docents and researchers! Volunteering or interning with NLCHS is a great way for the individual to learn more about the history and life of New London, and the county.


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.

Contact the NLCHS

Call or visit

11 Blinman Street
New London, CT 06320

Phone: 860-443-1209
Email: Info@nlchs.org

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Tours & Research

Tours: Thursdays 12-4 p.m., or by appointment
*Last tour given at 3:15 p.m.

Research is by Appointment only, Wednesday-Friday

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