Historic House Museums

How We Lived Then
Explore Historic House Museums of Southeastern CT

A regional initiative linking 16 historic house museums in New London County. Launched in summer 2016!

Check out the CTvisit.com webpage for How We Lived Then

For a PDF of Historic-House-Museums-of-SE-Connecticut Brochure

Connect to Connecticut History. Visit the 16 small house museums in the southeastern corner of the state. Experience 16 stories that will take you from the agricultural beginnings of Colonial Connecticut through the development of communities, the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the transformative effects of industrialization. These 16 houses with 16 unique stories showcase the history of Connecticut…..Still Revolutionary.

Together, these organizations created cooperative marketing materials, including a printed brochure, online and social media presence in this pilot collaborative project. The Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition, The Day Publishing Company, and the Eastern Regional Tourism District also providing online promotion.

If you love history and historic house museums, you will love this trail in beautiful Southeastern CT.

Participating Organizations:

Ashbel Woodward



Ashbel Woodward House– North Franklin





Avery Copp stoves




Avery-Copp House– Groton



Nathaniel Palmer




Captain Nathaniel Palmer House (Stonington Historical Society)- Stonington






Colchester Historical Society Museum– Colchester




Denison Homestead




Denison Homestead– Mystic





Ebenzer Avery House– (Avery Memorial Association)- Groton






Hempstead Houses– New London





Jabez Smith



Jabez Smith House– Groton









Beaumont House- Lebanon Historical Society– Lebanon






Leffingwell Museum– Norwich



Nathan Lester



Nathan Lester House– Ledyard







Samuel Smith House– East Lyme






Shaw Mansion– New London





Smith Harris



Smith Harris House– Niantic





Thomas Lee House
Thomas Lee House– Niantic






This pilot project is open to historic house museums that meet the following criteria:

  • Historic house museum must be located in New London County
  • Historic house must be open to the public with set published hours
  • Organization must contribute $100 towards marketing materials


This pilot project could be expanded in the future to include other historic sites.