The mission of the Old Lyme Historical Society, Incorporated, is to collect, preserve, and interpret the rich history of Old Lyme, Connecticut and its environs for

the benefit of residents and visitors. 


Aspects of cultural, economic, social, and architectural life in Old Lyme from the earliest settlements to the present are here for the public to view through the internet, exhibits, walking tours, and original publications.

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Our Mission



Your generous donations have helped us repaint our building! We love our new Blue Doors!


Upcoming Events


The James Family Letters

with Elisabeth Petry

October 13th Wednesday evening

Author and journalist Elisabeth Petry will give a virtual presentation on her remarkable family story.

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Witness Stones in Old Lyme

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Witness Stones in Old Lyme mark sites of enslavement and serve as memorials to vital but forgotten members of our community. The small brass plaques embedded along Lyme Street present details drawn from land records, emancipation certificates, and other primary sources that document the circumstances of those who lived here enslaved. The plaques, installed flush with the ground, have been placed primarily on the west side of the street for pedestrian safety. An interpretive sign and map on the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library’s lawn, and postcards available at Partnership locations and at the Old Lyme Memorial Town Hall, allow visitors to follow the trail of the Witness Stones.for the public to view through the internet, exhibits, walking tours, and original publications.  

Back row: John Pote, Mark Terwilliger, Ned Farman, Sandra Joncus, Mary Dangremond, Alison Mitchell, Nick Westbrook, Steve Joncus, Skip Beebe. 

Middle row: Michaelle Pearson, Edie Twining, Ann Marie Jewett, Katie Balocca, Dawn McCarthy. 

Front row: Matt LaConti, Mary Ellen Jewett, Nancy Mol, Jill Todd, Steve MacAusland, James Meehan. 

(Not shown in photo: Ross W. Higgins, Jill Pilgrim, Elaine Stiles, Cindi Taylor)

Photograph by James Meehan, ©2021


Our Team

We are an active board of 20+ local residents working on a variety of projects, installations, archiving and events to support the mission of the Old Lyme Historical Society. 

We'd love to have you become a member and volunteer with us!