In 2006, the Old Lyme Historical Society launched a series of publications that tell stories about life in Old Lyme. All prices include shipping.

These books may also be purchased in Old Lyme at the Florence Griswold Museum Shop, and seasonally at The Carousel Shop.

If you are planning to visit Old Lyme, take our walking tour of Lyme Street!

Old Lyme Village Walking Tour downloadable file: OldLymeVillageWalkingTour



Revolution in the Lymes:  From the New Lights to the Sons of Liberty
     By Jim Lampos & Michaelle Pearson
     History Press 2016

The Revolutionary War in the Lymes started as a rebellion of ideas. From its origins in the               Cromwellian Saybrook Colony, Lyme (today’s Lyme, Old Lyme, East Lyme and Salem) prospered under the free hand of self-governance and   spurned King George III’s efforts to rein in the wayward colonies.  In 1765,  Reverend Stephen  Johnson wrote incendiary missives against the Stamp Act. A few years later, the town hosted its own Tea Party,  burning one hundred pounds of British tea near the town green. When the alarm came from Lexington in 1775, Lyme’s citizens were among the first to answer. Historians Jim Lampos and Michaelle Pearson explore how local Patriots shaped an epic revolt. 160 pages.

$26 (includes shipping)


Remarkable Women of Old Lyme
By Jim Lampos & Michaelle Pearson
     History Press 2015

Old Lyme's history owes much to innovative women. Suffragist Katherine Ludington was co-founder of the League of Women Voters. In the 1830s, Phoebe Griffin Noyes started one of the first art schools in the country. At the turn of the 20th century, Florence Griswold welcomed the artists of the Lyme Art Colony by creating the "Birthplace of American Impressionism". By World War II, Teddy Kenyon had made her mark as a test pilot. Old Lyme's artistic tradition was continued by Elizabeth Cordon Chandler, who founded the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in 1976. Hear the fascinating stories of these and other Remarkable Women of Old Lyme. 144 pages.
$26 (includes shipping)


The Charm of the Place: Old Lyme in the 1920s
By Carolyn Wakeman

(2011) 2nd edition (2014)

Inspired by a remarkable 1929 advertising mural found in the Old Lyme Grange Hall in 2007, this book explores the town's social, economic and architectural landscape in the 1920s. Written by journalist and Old Lyme native Carolyn Wakeman, the book is illustrated with paintings, photos postcards, and maps. Paperback, 2nd edition, 88 pages.
$29 (includes shipping)

Rum Runners, Governors, Beachcombers & Socialists: Views of the Beaches in Old Lyme (2010)  By Jim Lampos & Michaelle Pearson

Rum Runners is an intricately researched, intriguing exploration of the beach communities from Griswold Point in the west to Point O' Woods in the east, with particular emphasis on Sound View, America's oldest public beach. Illustrations include a map of the Old Lyme shoreline, decades-old newspaper clippings and postcards, and original photographs. Paperback, Third edition, 88 pages.
$29 (includes shipping)


The Land Savers
(2010) By Peter Bernard
Written by Peter Bernard in cooperation with local conservation trusts and the Florence Griswold Museum. The Land Savers is an overview of the town's open space resources and how they came to be set aside in the first place. Includes color reproductions of American Impressionist paintings of local scenes. Paperback, 68 pages.
$24 (includes shipping)


The Hurricane of 1938: Old Lyme Remembers
 (2008) By Michele Dickey
This monograph commemorates the 70th anniversary of the hurricane that caused major property damage in Old Lyme, especially its beaches. Paperback, 45 pages
$24 (includes shipping)


This Ancient and Interesting Town

This is a reprint of an 1876 article by Martha I. Lamb, originally published in Harper’s magazine, that recounts Old Lyme’s history through anecdotes about many of its prominent residents. Paperback, 40 pages.
$19 (includes shipping)


Poverty Island
(2006) By Neri A. Clark
This is a memoir of a young man’s adventures and hard times on a 500-acre island off Griswold Point during the Great Depression. Illustrations were provided by Old Lyme artist Catherine Christiano. Paperback, 30 pages.
$16 (includes shipping)