Hempsted Houses

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General Information: 11 Hempstead St
New London, CT 06320
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860-443-7949, 860-247-8996
Fax: 860-249-4907
E-mail: wands@hartnet.org
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No Smoking
Hours: Noon-4 PM Sunday
Closed Monday - Wednesday
Noon-4 PM Thursday - Saturday

Interest Areas: History / Heritage, Writing, Architecture

The 1678 Joshua Hempsted House is one of New England's oldest and best documented dwellings. Joshua Hempsted lived here his whole life, filling many roles, including farmer, judge, gravestone carver, shipwright, and father of nine children left motherless by his wife's death in 1716. The diary Hempsted kept for nearly 50 years prior to his own death in 1758, is full of sometimes meaty, sometimes mudane details of daily life in colonial Connecticut.

Adjacent to the Joshua Hempsted House is a rare stone dwelling built in 1759 by his grandson Nathaniel. Both houses' furnishings include original Hempsted family objects.

Listing Maintained by: Scott L Wands

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Last Modified: August 30, 2005 at 7:30 AM