A Home for History

Connecticut Landmarks’ staff are busy finalizing tour schedules, program details, and membership perks for the upcoming season. Stay tuned for details here, on our social media channels, and via our e-newsletter! Print program guides will be available in late April.

In 2023, we were been thrilled to connect thousands of visitors with important local history, their favorite authors, their own ancestors, and a vibrant community of artists and musicians. Thank you to everyone who visited, subscribed, joined, and donated for your support in keeping History Moving Forward. Learn more in our 2023 Annual Report.

Join the 3rd Cohort of Thames River Heritage Park’s Docent Academy

Connecticut Landmarks’ Hempsted Houses are proud to be among the 21 heritage sites that the Thames River Heritage Park (TRHP) is committed to connecting, preserving, promoting, and supporting. We’re excited to share that the TRHP has announced the return of their Docent Academy! If you’re passionate about history, this highly-acclaimed program is the perfect opportunity to build deeper connections to the TRHP sites, including the Hempsted Houses.

Whether you’re a frequent visitor to the Hempsted Houses, or you find your passion for engaging with our historic New London site through the Docent Academy, connect with CT Landmarks in a new way upon completion of the program as a volunteer tour interpreter at the Hempsted Houses. We’d love to have you!

Learn more about the TRHP Docent Academy, explore the park’s heritage sites, and register here.

Why is Nathan Hale a Hero?

Though Nathan Hale has only been Connecticut’s state hero since 1985, admiration for the nation’s first spy goes back much further.

To find out why we think Nathan Hale deserves the moniker of Connecticut State Hero, check out some fun facts on our Nathan Hale Homestead page!


Escapism Productions invite you to attend this production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible., with the unique backdrop of the Hempsted Houses in New London, CT! This haunting theatrical experience unfolds on April 20, 21, 27, and 28. Unlike conventional venues, this rendition invites you to bring your own chairs or blankets and immerse yourself in the ambiance of the Hempsted Houses' grounds. Venture with us into this classic show that delves the depths of human nature.

2024 Opening Weekend

May 4 @ 8:00 amMay 5 @ 5:00 pm

Our historic sites open for the 2024 season, welcoming visitors to explore 400 years of Connecticut history at our house museums across the state! Stay tuned for details of property operating hours, public programs, specialty tours, and more as we get closer to the opening weekend.

Gather around the campfire for a community conversation on the grounds of the Hempsted Houses to commemorate historic and present-day struggles toward freedom and hear more about the work of Joseph McGill of the Slave Dwelling Project.