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Hempsted Houses

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11 Hempstead Street
New London , CT , 06420
Phone: (860) 443-7949
41° 21' 11.1672" N, 72° 6' 7.2648" W
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The 1678 Joshua Hempsted House in New London is one of New England’s oldest and most well documented dwellings. It was home to the Hempsted family until 1937. Adjacent to the Joshua Hempsted House is a rare stone house built in 1759 for Nathaniel Hempsted by Acadian exiles. Both structures survived the 1781 burning of New London and stand today as testaments of 17th and 18th-century daily life. Joshua Hempsted the second was born in 1678 in the house that bears his name. From 1711 until his death in 1758, Joshua kept a diary, which today is one of the best sources about life in colonial New London. Joshua’s diary provides hundreds of pages of valuable information, as well as his insight about early New London people and activities.