This landmark property tells the story of three great populations whose paths collided in early New London.Put The Hempsted Houses on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our New London trip planner .
They are the Native Americans who were here from the beginning, the Europeans who arrived in the 1600s, and the enslaved Africans who were 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) and some of the city's leading abolitionists from the 1840s.
Open for tours May through October
May & June: Saturday & Sunday, 1-4
July & August: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 1-4
September & October: Saturday & Sunday 1-4
Park on the street or in the lot at the OIC Center (the former Saltonstall School) across Hempstead Street from the Houses.
Connecticut Landmarks members: Free
AAA members, seniors, college students: $8
New London residents and children 6-18: $5
CTL members and children under 6: Free
THE HEMPSTED HOUSES
This is one of 12 historic properties owned by Connecticut Landmarks (www.ctlandmarks.org). The properties span three centuries of the state's history; each offers a unique starting point for exploring the Connecticut experience.
The Hempsted Houses Reviews
We walked from the train station to the Hempstead houses and it was a very nice walk. The guides at the houses were very well informed, friendly and gave us lots of information. Very interesting. more »
This is a town of many blighted properties. It is also a town where really old vintage homes have been restored, or should we say, people have attempted to restore...inadequately. I particularily like... more »
Awesome history. Toured house and historians gave great info.
Houses that survived the burning of New London by Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War. Very interesting history, artifacts and tour guides.
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