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New London, Connecticut, USA

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  • 1646 - New London was founded May 6, 1646, by John Winthrop, Jr.
    When Winthrop received a charter from the general court of Boston, this village on the Mohegan river was called Nameug.

    However, in 1658, the gener...Read MORE...


  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    The Hempstead House, Built 1678
    Postcard
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Nathan Hale School

    After teaching at the schoolhouse in East Haddam, Nathan Hale went on to become the schoolmaster at the Union School in New London, teaching there from 1774 until the Revolutionary War began in 1775. Built in 1773, the... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 1781 - War Battle
    One major Revolutionary War battle was fought in Connecticut. This was at New London. On September 6, 1781, British forces under Benedict Arnold lande...Read MORE...


  • 1784 - Earliest Connecticut cities incorporated - Hartford, Middletown, New Haven, New London and Norwich.
    New London was incorporated as a city by the legislature, in January, 1784, being one of five towns in the state on which city privileges were conferr...Read MORE...


  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    County Court House, Built 1784, New London, Conn.

    Designed by Isaac Fitch of Lebanon, the New London County Courthouse first served as the city's Town Hall and Courthouse. Built in 1784, it was described by architectural historian William Warren... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 1792 - First turnpike road company, New London to Norwich, incorporated.
    After the American Revolution, Connecticut granted franchises for the building of ‘toll’ roads or turnpikes, and in 1792 the first turnpike in Connect...Read MORE...


  • In 1792, Union Bank New London was established with capital of $500,000.
    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
    Publisher J. & E. Parker, 1832
    Page 229
    Timeline of Connecticut History

  • 1819 - New London
    New-London, the semi-seat of justice of the county, and a considerable maritime post town, is situated up on the west bank of the Thames, bordering up...Read MORE...


  • 1840s-50s - Peak of whaling from Connecticut ports and especially from New London.
    New London owed much of its early prosperity to the success of its whaling fleet: it was once the third-largest whaling port in the world—ranking only...Read MORE...


  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Fort Trumbull, West Side

    Fort Trumbull is a fort near the mouth of the Thames River on Long Island Sound in New London, Connecticut and named for Governor Jonathan Trumbull. The original fort was built in 1777, but the present fortification was... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 1854 - New London
    New London, a city, port of entry, and semicapital of New London county, Connecticut, is situated on the right bank of the Thames river, 3 miles from ...Read MORE...


  • News 1872 - ANOTHER STEAMBOAT EXPLOSION. FEARFUL DISASTER AT NEW LONDON, CONN.
    A GOVERNMENT LIGHTER BLOWN UP.

    THREE MEN KILLED AND THE OFFICERS ALL INJURED.

    New London, Conn., June 24, 1872.
    A fearful catastrophe occurred ...Read MORE...


  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    New London and Norwich
    Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
    New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.
    Artwork
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Brainerd and Armstrong Co. Silk Mill
    museumofcthistory.org

    The Brainerd and Armstrong Company, silk manufacturers, located at No. 1 Water Street, was organized under the laws of the State of Connecticut, Sept. 22, 1879, with a capital of sixty... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Union Station

    After New London’s main depot suffered a devastating fire in 1885, the city’s two railroad providers decided to construct and share a new “union station.” The New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad—commonly known as the “New... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Peqout Casino, 1908

    The southern end of New London was used primarily as farmland in the first two centuries following the founding of the city. In 1852, the same year the shoreline railroad connecting New London to New York was completed, two... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Riverside Park

    The park was created by the City of New London in 1893 with land acquired from the Post Hill Improvement Company, and by 1910 it had expanded to nearly 33 acres thanks to gifts from S.D. Lawrence and F.B. Brandegee and from the... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 1895 - New London
    New London, a city, port of entry, and semi-capital of New London co, Conn., is situated on the right or W. bank of the Thames River, 3 miles from its...Read MORE...


  • 1898 - November 27 - 27 inches of snow fell at New London CT

    The Weather Channel

  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Embroidery Lessons with Colored Studies for 1899
    The Brainerd & Armstrong Co.
    No. 6 Union Street, New London, Conn.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    September 1898
    Advertisement
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Palmer Bros. Quilt Mill on Washington St.
    museumofcthistory.org

    Elisha and Edward Palmer originally organized their business as a partnership back in 1867. In 1899, they officially incorporated their Palmer Brothers enterprise. Their goal was to ... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    City Water Front. View from Fort Trumbull, New London, Conn.
    Postcard
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    State Street, New London, Conn.
    Postcard
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Elks Clubhouse, New London, Conn.
    Postcard
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Upper State Street, New London, Conn.
    Postcard
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Ocean Beach, 1907
    Postcard
  • News 1908 - PEQUOT HOUSE BURNS. FAMOUS OLD HOTEL AT NEW LONDON COMPLETELY DESTROYED.
    Special to The New York Times.

    New London, May 7. - At an early hour this morning the famous Pequot House, which crowned the headland at the wester...Read MORE...


  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Southwest Ledge Light

    New London Ledge Lighthouse was built in 1909 on the southwest ledge. It was originally called the Southwest Ledge light, but this caused confusion with Southwest Ledge Light in New Haven, Connecticut, so it was renamed New... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 1910 - U.S. Coast Guard Academy moves to New London.
    The Coast Guard Academy was a shipboard operation until 1890 when the first land-based campus was established in Curtis Bay, Maryland. In 1910, the Ac...Read MORE...


  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Smith Memorial Home for Aged Ladies, Masonic St.

    The Smith Memorial Home for Aged, Indigent Ladies who have Resided in New London, was founded by the Late Seth Smith, who Bequeathed the Greater Part of His Fortune for this Purpose. The Home... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 1911 - Connecticut College for Women founded at New London.
    The College was founded following a decision by Wesleyan University to stop admitting women. Elizabeth Wright, a Wesleyan alumna, rose to the challeng...Read MORE...


  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Connecticut College, New London, Conn.

    "Connecticut College... is a private liberal arts college located in New London, Connecticut. Founded in 1911, Connecticut College is a primarily residential, four-year undergraduate institution, with nearly ... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Bank Street from State Street
    Postcard
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    New London Historical Society, Washington's Headquarters
    Postcard
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Memorial Hospital
    Postcard
  • News 1922 - Fight On Rum Was Hot 80 Years Ago
    New London, Conn., Was the Center of Liquor Fight Back in 1842.

    New London, Conn., April 10. - King Alcohol was vigorously assaulted eighty years a...Read MORE...


  • News 1923 - OLD YALE BREWERY DESTROYED BY FIRE; Loss is $100,000
    New London, Jan. 12 - Fire tonight swept through the Old Yale Brewery now used as a storage building destroying the entire structure and its contents...Read MORE...


  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Pequot Avenue, 1924
    Postcard
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Hamilton Hall. Coast Guard Academy
    Postcard
  • 1938 - The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
    CAT 3 - September 21, 1938
    The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was one of the most destructive and powerful storms ever to strike Southern New En...Read MORE...


  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    New London Junior College

    Founded as New London Junior College in 1938 by Richard P Saunders, Waldo Clarke and Alfred M Bingham, it was renamed Mitchell College (after Alfred Mitchell (1832-1911)) in 1950.
    mitchell.libguides.com
    Postcard
  • New London, Connecticut, USA
    Miniature Railroad & Carousel, Ocean Beach Park

    Ocean Beach Park was founded in 1940 by the New London City Council in the aftermath of the 1938 New England Hurricane. After the hurricane left the Ocean Beach property devastated by intrusive... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • 1954 - Hurricane Carol - HURRICANE ROARS ACROSS LONG ISLAND. FIVE KILLED BY STORM IN NEW ENGLAND.
    ...Emergency Delcared.
    A state emergency was declared at New London, Conn., where power lines were blown down and residents were warned to remain ind...Read MORE...




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New London, Connecticut, USA

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The Hempstead House, Built 1678
Read more about Joshua HEMPSTED (HEMPSTEAD)

New London, Connecticut, USA

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Nathan Hale School

After teaching at the schoolhouse in East Haddam, Nathan Hale went on to become the schoolmaster at the Union School in New London, teaching there from 1774 until the Revolutionary War began in 1775. Built in 1773, the... Read MORE...

Read more about Nathan HALE photo of ancestor

New London, Connecticut, USA

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County Court House, Built 1784, New London, Conn.

Designed by Isaac Fitch of Lebanon, the New London County Courthouse first served as the city's Town Hall and Courthouse. Built in 1784, it was described by architectural historian William Warren... Read MORE...

New London, Connecticut, USA

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Fort Trumbull, West Side

Fort Trumbull is a fort near the mouth of the Thames River on Long Island Sound in New London, Connecticut and named for Governor Jonathan Trumbull. The original fort was built in 1777, but the present fortification was... Read MORE...

New London, Connecticut, USA

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New London and Norwich
Picturesque America... Oliver Bell Bunce, William Cullen Bryant
New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1872-1874.

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Brainerd and Armstrong Co. Silk Mill
museumofcthistory.org

The Brainerd and Armstrong Company, silk manufacturers, located at No. 1 Water Street, was organized under the laws of the State of Connecticut, Sept. 22, 1879, with a capital of sixty... Read MORE...

New London, Connecticut, USA

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Union Station

After New London’s main depot suffered a devastating fire in 1885, the city’s two railroad providers decided to construct and share a new “union station.” The New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad—commonly known as the “New... Read MORE...

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
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Peqout Casino, 1908

The southern end of New London was used primarily as farmland in the first two centuries following the founding of the city. In 1852, the same year the shoreline railroad connecting New London to New York was completed, two... Read MORE...

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Riverside Park

The park was created by the City of New London in 1893 with land acquired from the Post Hill Improvement Company, and by 1910 it had expanded to nearly 33 acres thanks to gifts from S.D. Lawrence and F.B. Brandegee and from the... Read MORE...

New London, Connecticut, USA

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Embroidery Lessons with Colored Studies for 1899
The Brainerd & Armstrong Co.
No. 6 Union Street, New London, Conn.

The Ladies' Home Journal
September 1898

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Palmer Bros. Quilt Mill on Washington St.
museumofcthistory.org

Elisha and Edward Palmer originally organized their business as a partnership back in 1867. In 1899, they officially incorporated their Palmer Brothers enterprise. Their goal was to ... Read MORE...

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
City Water Front. View from Fort Trumbull, New London, Conn.

New London, Connecticut, USA

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State Street, New London, Conn.

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
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Elks Clubhouse, New London, Conn.

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Upper State Street, New London, Conn.

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Ocean Beach, 1907

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Southwest Ledge Light

New London Ledge Lighthouse was built in 1909 on the southwest ledge. It was originally called the Southwest Ledge light, but this caused confusion with Southwest Ledge Light in New Haven, Connecticut, so it was renamed New... Read MORE...

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Smith Memorial Home for Aged Ladies, Masonic St.

The Smith Memorial Home for Aged, Indigent Ladies who have Resided in New London, was founded by the Late Seth Smith, who Bequeathed the Greater Part of His Fortune for this Purpose. The Home... Read MORE...

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Connecticut College, New London, Conn.

"Connecticut College... is a private liberal arts college located in New London, Connecticut. Founded in 1911, Connecticut College is a primarily residential, four-year undergraduate institution, with nearly ... Read MORE...

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Bank Street from State Street

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
New London Historical Society, Washington's Headquarters

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Memorial Hospital

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
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Pequot Avenue, 1924

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Hamilton Hall. Coast Guard Academy

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
New London Junior College

Founded as New London Junior College in 1938 by Richard P Saunders, Waldo Clarke and Alfred M Bingham, it was renamed Mitchell College (after Alfred Mitchell (1832-1911)) in 1950.
mitchell.libguides.com

New London, Connecticut, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Miniature Railroad & Carousel, Ocean Beach Park

Ocean Beach Park was founded in 1940 by the New London City Council in the aftermath of the 1938 New England Hurricane. After the hurricane left the Ocean Beach property devastated by intrusive... Read MORE...

History, News and Stories of New London, Connecticut, USA

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  • 1646 - New London was founded May 6, 1646, by John Winthrop, Jr.
    When Winthrop received a charter from the general court of Boston, this village on the Mohegan river was called Nameug.

    However, in 1658, the... Read MORE...


    Read more about John WINTHROP photo of ancestor
  • 1781 - War Battle
    One major Revolutionary War battle was fought in Connecticut. This was at New London. On September 6, 1781, British forces under Benedict Arnold... Read MORE...

  • 1784 - Earliest Connecticut cities incorporated - Hartford, Middletown, New Haven, New London and Norwich.
    New London was incorporated as a city by the legislature, in January, 1784, being one of five towns in the state on which city privileges were... Read MORE...

  • 1792 - First turnpike road company, New London to Norwich, incorporated.
    After the American Revolution, Connecticut granted franchises for the building of ‘toll’ roads or turnpikes, and in 1792 the first turnpike in... Read MORE...

  • In 1792, Union Bank New London was established with capital of $500,000.
    The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia, Volume 3
    Author Sir David Brewster
    Publisher J. & E. Parker, 1832
    Page 229
    Timeline of Connecticut History
  • GREAT HISTORY PHOTOGRAPHY NEW LONDON, CONNECTICUT


    GREAT HISTORY PHOTOGRAPHY NEW LONDON, CONNECTICUT (www.youtube.com)
  • 1819 - New London
    New-London, the semi-seat of justice of the county, and a considerable maritime post town, is situated up on the west bank of the Thames, bordering... Read MORE...

  • 1840s-50s - Peak of whaling from Connecticut ports and especially from New London.
    New London owed much of its early prosperity to the success of its whaling fleet: it was once the third-largest whaling port in the world—ranking... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - New London
    New London, a city, port of entry, and semicapital of New London county, Connecticut, is situated on the right bank of the Thames river, 3 miles from ... Read MORE...

  • News  1872 - ANOTHER STEAMBOAT EXPLOSION. FEARFUL DISASTER AT NEW LONDON, CONN.
    A GOVERNMENT LIGHTER BLOWN UP.

    THREE MEN KILLED AND THE OFFICERS ALL INJURED.

    New London, Conn., June 24, 1872.
    A fearful catastrophe occurred ... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - New London
    New London, a city, port of entry, and semi-capital of New London co, Conn., is situated on the right or W. bank of the Thames River, 3 miles from... Read MORE...

  • 1898 - November 27 - 27 inches of snow fell at New London CT

    The Weather Channel
  • News  1908 - PEQUOT HOUSE BURNS. FAMOUS OLD HOTEL AT NEW LONDON COMPLETELY DESTROYED.
    Special to The New York Times.

    New London, May 7. - At an early hour this morning the famous Pequot House, which crowned the headland at the... Read MORE...

  • 1910 - U.S. Coast Guard Academy moves to New London.
    The Coast Guard Academy was a shipboard operation until 1890 when the first land-based campus was established in Curtis Bay, Maryland. In 1910, the... Read MORE...

  • 1911 - Connecticut College for Women founded at New London.
    The College was founded following a decision by Wesleyan University to stop admitting women. Elizabeth Wright, a Wesleyan alumna, rose to the... Read MORE...

  • News  1922 - Fight On Rum Was Hot 80 Years Ago
    New London, Conn., Was the Center of Liquor Fight Back in 1842.

    New London, Conn., April 10. - King Alcohol was vigorously assaulted eighty years... Read MORE...

  • News  1923 - OLD YALE BREWERY DESTROYED BY FIRE; Loss is $100,000
    New London, Jan. 12 - Fire tonight swept through the Old Yale Brewery now used as a storage building destroying the entire structure and its... Read MORE...

  • 1938 - The Great New England Hurricane of 1938
    CAT 3 - September 21, 1938
    The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was one of the most destructive and powerful storms ever to strike Southern New... Read MORE...

  • 1954 - Hurricane Carol - HURRICANE ROARS ACROSS LONG ISLAND. FIVE KILLED BY STORM IN NEW ENGLAND.
    ...Emergency Delcared.
    A state emergency was declared at New London, Conn., where power lines were blown down and residents were warned to remain... Read MORE...

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