- The Old Homestead in New London -

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Hempstead Houses, 17th/18th centuries
New London, Connecticut
Intersections of Hempstead, Jay, Truman & Coit Streets


Picture of House

The 1678/1728 Hempstead House is shown in picture on right. The left portion was built in 1678 by Joshua Hempstead, the first. The right side was built by his grandson Nathaniel, who died shortly after it was built.



Picture of Great Hall

The left picture is of the Great Hall or main room of the house.


Picture of Kitchen

The picture on right is of the kitchen and the huge fireplace.


Picture of Stone House

Also on the site is a rare stone house (1758) built by Joshua's grandson Nathaniel. Family artifacts in both houses recall life in one of New England's leading seaports.



Edward Healy (descendant of Joshua) at the fire place in Nathaniel's home.

Warming and remembering what my ancestor's
life was like in colonial New London.




The Hempstead Houses
11 Hempstead Street
New London, CT
Open mid-May to mid-October
Thursday through Sunday, 12-4 pm
Phone: 860-247-8996 or 860-443-7949

Joshua Hempstead House (1678/1728) and Nathaniel Hempstead House (1758). The Joshua Hempstead House shown above is the oldest house in New London and one of the few remaining 17th century houses in the state. Hempsteads lived in the house until 1937. It is now owned and operated by the Antiquarian and Landmarks society of Connecticut.

The Antiquarian and Landmarks Society
Connecticut Landmarks

255 Main Street, 4th floor
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-247-8996 ~ Fax: 860-249-4907
E-mail hempsted@ctlandmarks.org

These are two important survivals of colonial New England. The Johsua Hempstead House is one of the oldest documented frame buildings in North America.

The property was once on the shore of Bream Cove, which has been filled in. Careful restoration and original furnishings allow you to step back in time to when New London was a leading seaport.

Documentation suggests that the houses played a role in freeing slaves and they are listed on the sites of Connecticut's Underground Railroad that are open to the public.

Joshua Hempstead 2nd was born in the Joshua Hempstead house the year it was built by his father in 1678 and lived there until he died eighty years later in 1758. During that time, he raised nine children of his own and two grandsons after their father, Joshua's oldest son, died. For most of that time, he was a single parent. His beloved wife died in 1716, after the birth of their ninth child. It was the same year their oldest son died.

For 48 years, from 1711 to 1758, Joshua 2nd kept a diary. It provides a fascinating account of daily life in Colonial America. Because he kept track of marriages, births, and deaths, it is an excellent source of genealogical data.

Joshua was an active man: a judge, a farmer, a surveyor, a shipwright, a carpenter, a town official, a stonecutter.

In 1901, the New London County Historical Society published the diary and in 1999 published a new edition of it. A CD-Rom version of the diary with complete search with wild card features is now available from The Oldham Publishing Service.  [Cost to purchase is $75.00 plus $5.00 Shipping for a total of $80.00.]

For information on The Diary of Joshua Hempstead contact:

New London County Historical Society, Inc.
11 Blinman Street
New London, CT 06320
Phone: (860) 443-1209


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