The New London County Historical Society was founded in 1870, and has been located in the Shaw Mansion since…More 1907. The Society's research library contains original manuscripts, newspapers, reference works and other records of local history. It has an extensive collection of references for those interested in local genealogy. Also on view are collections of historic photographs and postcards, 18th and 19th century artifacts and furniture and a rare, 13-star American flag.
The Mansion itself was built by Captain Nathaniel Shaw in the mid-1700s and remained in the same family until it was bought by the Historical Society. It was used as Connecticut's Naval Office during the Revolutionary War. The grounds include two historic gardens dating to the Victorian and Colonial eras. And, yes, George Washington slept here.