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Hempsted Houses

A Connecticut Landmark. For almost 50 years, Joshua Hempsted described everyday life. His house, built in 1678, was home to nine generations of Hempsteds. Adjacent is a rare 18th-century stone house.

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The 1678 Joshua Hempsted House in New London is one of New England’s oldest and most well documented dwellings. Adjacent to the Joshua Hempsted House is a rare stone house built in 1759 by Nathaniel Hempsted. Both structures survived the 1781 burning of New London and stand today as testaments of 17th and 18th-century daily life. Joshua Hempsted the second was born in 1678 in the house that bears his name. From 1711 until his death in 1758, Joshua kept a diary, which today is one of the best sources about life in colonial New London. Joshua’s diary provides hundreds of pages of valuable information, as well as his insight about early New London people and activities, including the life of enslaved resident Adam Jackson. The stone Nathaniel Hempsted House was constructed by Joshua’s grandson Nathaniel Hempsted. He was a merchant and one of three rope makers in maritime New London.

Tour time: 1 hour (both houses)


Other amenities: Dining nearby, Gift Shop, Parking


Pricing: Adults $12; seniors, teachers, students (with ID) $10; children (6-18) $5; New London residents & children (under 6) free.

Other Amenities: Bus Parking, Gift Shop, Groups Welcome, Guided Group Tours



11 Hempstead St.
New London, CT 06320


May – Oct.: Sat. & Sun.,1 – 4 pm

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