Visited several years ago as the Hempsted family here is direct ancestor of my husband. Enjoyed seeing a family tree, and the people couldn't be more helpful. The history was... read more
This landmark property tells the story of three great populations whose...
This landmark property tells the story of three great populations whose paths collided in early New London.
They are the Native Americans who were here from the beginning, the Europeans who arrived in the 1600s, and the Africans who were enslaved and brought here about the same time.
The site features two houses. One was built in 1678 by the son of one of New London's first European settlers after the defeat of the Pequots. The other was built in 1759 by a Hempsted descendant.
Two enslaved people lived in the older house in the 1700s and very early 1800s.
Other residents of the houses have included:
-- A Revolutionary War hero of the Battle of Fort Griswold (1781)
-- Some of the city's leading abolitionists from the 1840s.