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The Hempsted Houses

11 Hempstead St, New London, CT 06320-5609
+1 860-443-7949
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How the middle class lived in the 17th and 18th centuries

So many historic homes focus on wealthier members of a community, but the Hempsted houses show a... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2017
Excellent small homes

If you like maritime history and can catch a tour here you will learn a great deal. This is two... read more

Reviewed 18 October 2016
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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.
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13 May 2017
“How the middle class lived in the 17th and 18th centuries”
18 Oct 2016
“Excellent small homes”
11 Hempstead St, New London, CT 06320-5609
+1 860-443-7949
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Reviewed 13 May 2017

So many historic homes focus on wealthier members of a community, but the Hempsted houses show a more "everyday," middle class look at life. Some of the older house has been rebuilt with features (such as the windows) thought to approximate the originals, but you...More

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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

If you like maritime history and can catch a tour here you will learn a great deal. This is two homes from the time period of 1715 to 1800. They have rope making and sometimes a new London historian speaking who is extremely knowledgable.

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Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful experience viewing two of the oldest homes in New London and hearing about the history of the Hempstead family. The tour guide was knowledgeable was kind enough to answer your questions. I would recommend it.

Thank schultse
Reviewed 2 August 2016

The Hempstead Houses are absolutely amazing and the guides were a wealth of knowledge, even about missing entries from Joshua Hempstead's diary! Step back in time and learn about this family and its environs. Easy parking and a great experience.

1  Thank tracerstlm
Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

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 amazing, would return if I'm ever in Nee London again!

Thank ReneeCarlson
Reviewed 26 December 2011

A glimpse of 17th and 18th century america. Neighborhood in transition,not scary but changing for the better but better to drive to than walk.

3  Thank brynulf
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Lyn-Ann F
12 September 2016|
Response from schultse | Reviewed this property |
Yes, it is $10 per adult. There was a AAA discount of $2 per person.