Welcome to the
Old Lyme Historical Society

In 2005 the Old Lyme Historical Society was little more than an idea shared by a small group of people. Since then we have produced exhibits, published books, conducted cemetery tours and held dinner lectures – all in pursuit of our mission to preserve and analyze Old Lyme’s very active civic and social past.

In February, 2014 we purchased the former Grange building at 55 Lyme Street.The members of Old Lyme's Grange No. 162 decided to retire their charter and asked if we would like to buy the property. The generosity of our Board of Trustees, our members, and the local community made this possible. We raised enough money to purchase the building and begin remodeling the circa 1900 structure to modern standards. Thanks to our crew of professional volunteer carpenters, known as the "Tuesday Morning Work Crew", and with help from local contractors, the updates are nearly complete. We have remodeled the original lobby into an office, revealed the original beadboard ceiling in the main hall, and completed a climate-controlled archive storage area in the building's lower level. A new, handicapped-accessible rear entrance is in the planning stages.

Thank you for your support in helping to bring Old Lyme's history to life for new generations!



become a MEMBER

Membership in the Old Lyme Historical Society, Inc. helps to support the mission of the Society to collect, preserve and interpret the rich history of Old Lyme, Connecticut and its environs. Members receive River and Sound, the Society’s semi-annual newsletter, advance notice of forthcoming events, a 10% discount on our books, training in historical research and more.

Please consider supporting our Scholarship Fund! Each year we give a scholarship to a Lyme or Old Lyme senior who plans to major in history in college.

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coming EVENTS

Coming soon....

Our annual Dinner Lecture featuring a talk on local history by Old Lyme's Town Historian, Dr. John Pfeiffer, with dinner catered by Coffee's Country Market

date and subject to be determined.


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Have the Society’s semiannual newsletter River and Sound delivered to your door. Each newsletter contains articles on local people, unique aspects of Old Lyme’s history and the Society’s programs and publications.


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