Hempsted Houses

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Saturday August 27

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1:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Hempsted Houses
11 Hempstead Street

New London, CT 06320
(860) 443-7949

Discover life in Colonial New London at the Hempsted Houses. Built in 1678, the Joshua Hempsted House is the oldest frame home in New London, and the adjacent Stone House was built in 1759 for Nathaniel Hempsted. Ten generations of the Hempsted family lived on the property before it was acquired by Connecticut Landmarks.

Born in the frame house the year it was completed, Joshua Hempsted (the second) kept a diary for most of his adult life that offers a view into life in historic New London. Learn about his experiences as a shipwright, surveyor, family man, and gravestone carver. Visitors will also hear the story of Adam Jackson, an enslaved man purchased by Joshua Hempsted in September of 1727. Jackson worked on the family's properties alongside other enslaved and hired New Londoners. Later generations who lived in the house were active in New London’s abolitionist movement and supported the anti-slavery cause. 

At the Hempsted Houses, visitors engage with the historical roots and present-day implications of issues related to equality and freedom, and learn how they can make a difference in their communities.

If you have any questions, please contact Site Administrator at lynette.fisher@ctlandmarks.org or call (860) 443-7949.

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