Take a tour of the Hempstead Historic District

Birds-eye view of New London by O.H. Bailey & Co.; 1876

Historian Sally Ryan will lead a walking tour of the Hempstead Historic District on Sunday.

The walk, sponsored by the Hempsted Houses, leaves at 2 p.m. from the National Register site at 11 Hempstead St. It will take about 90 minutes.

Ryan will share stories of the people who lived in this neighborhood and explore how the area evolved. The neighborhood grew up around the Joshua Hempsted House, built in 1678. Residents have included slaveholders, civic leaders, abolitionists, a Revolutionary War hero and at least two enslaved people.

Stay afterward for cookies, lemonade and a chance to talk more with Ryan. The cost is $7 for adults ($6 for AAA members and seniors over the age of 65) and includes admission to the Hempsted Houses. The event is free for Connecticut Landmarks members.


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