Historical Markers in
New London County, Connecticut

15 Bank Street 16 Bank Street 2 State Street 21st Regt. Conn. Vol. 26th Regiment Connecticut Volunteeers 2nd District School 35 Water Street American Revolution Angelo Sanquedolce Memorial Plaza Avery Memorial Battle of Stonington Monument Benedict Arnold Blockhouse Bower Anchor Bozrah Bozrah Civil War Monument Bozrah Gulf War & War on Terror Monument Bozrah Korea Vietnam Memorial Bozrah Korean War Monument Bozrah Revolutionary War & War of 1812 Monument Bozrah Veterans Monument Bozrah Vietnam War Monument Bozrah World War I Memorial Bozrah World War I Monument Bozrah World War II Memorial Bozrah World War II Monument Bride Brooke Brustolon House Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer House Central Baptist Church Chester-Hadlyme Ferry City of New London Civil War Civil War Memorial Clark Greenman House Coast Guard Col. William Ledyard Colchester Colchester Soldiers Monument Colchester Vietnam Veterans Monument Colchester World War I Monument Colchester World War II - Korean Conflict Monument Cold War Colombo Compound Steam Engine Constantine House Covered Way Cristoforo Colombo Monument David Ruggles Freedom Courtyard Death of Major William Montgomery Defenders of Fort Griswold • Sept • 6th 1781 • Downer-Doane Park Dr. Charles H. Osgood Fountain Dr. William Beaumont East District School East Lyme East Lyme Honor Roll East Lyme Veterans Memorial Eastern-Rig Dragger Roann Everlasting Vigilance First Railroad Operated in Connecticut First Step to Freedom Fishing Schooner L.A. Dunton Fort Interiors Fort Trumbull Founding of Lebanon, Connecticut Franklin Franklin World War II Monument Gen. Samuel Mott’s Home George Greenman House Griswold Griswold Civil War Monument Griswold Korean War Monument Griswold Vietnam Monument Griswold World War I Monument Griswold World War II Monument Groton Groton Battle Monument Gurdon Bill’s Station Harbor Tugboat Kingston II Hays & Ros Clark Shiplift Hempstead Historic District Hiram Bingham IV Hopkins & Allen Gun Factory Impressionism in Connecticut In Memory of Captain Samuel Chester Reid Jewett City John F. Slater John Trumbull Birthplace John W. Richmond John Winthrop Jonathan Brooks Tomb   1786 Langworthy House Lathrop D-90 Diesel Engine Lathrop Manor Lebanon Lebanon Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Monument Lebanon Old Cemetery Lebanon Revolutionary War Patriots Lebanon Veterans Monument Lebanon World War I – World War II Monument Ledyard Ledyard Veterans Memorials Ledyard World War I Monument Leffingwell Inn Lewis House Liberty Hill Church Bell Lisbon Lisbon Revolutionary War Monument Lisbon Veterans Monument Lisbon World War I Monument Live Oak Log Lowthorpe Meadows Magnetic Silencing Master Shipbuilders Maury Hall Merchant Marine Monte Cristo Cottage Montville Montville Honor Roll Montville Veterans Memorial Montville World War II Monument Music Vale Seminary Mystic Civil War Memorial Mystic River Bascule Bridge Mystic Seaport Museum First Building Nathan Hale Nathan Hale Nathan Hale Schoolhouse Native Americans New London New London Soldiers & Sailors Monument New London War Dead New London War Memorial New London Whalemen Noank Well-Smack Emma C. Berry North Battery Norwich and Worcester Railroad Norwich POW MIA Monument Norwich Soldier’s Monument Norwich Veterans Memorial Norwich Vietnam War Memorial Norwich World War I Monument Norwich World War II & Korean War Monument Norwichtown Green Old Lebanon Meeting House Old Lyme Old Lyme Veterans Memorial Once upon a time in Norwich… Oyster Sloop Nellie Parade Ground Patriot Prisoners Pawcatuck Bridge Pawcatuck World War I Monument Periscope Test Facility Post Civil War to 1910 POW-MIA Memorial Powder Magazine Preston Preston Veterans Monument Propeller Steamer Sabino Reproduction of Nantucket Island’s Brant Point Lighthouse Revolutionary New London Revolutionary Soldiers of Ancient Pachaug Revolutionary War Privateering Salem Salem Korean War Monument Salem Revolutionary War Bicentennial Salem Vietnam War Monument Salem World War I Monument Salem World War II Monument Samuel Seabury Scientific Research Shaw Mansion Shaw Mansion Shot Furnace Site of Lebanon War Office Site of Ye Ebenezer Avery House Site Orientation Slater Museum South Battery Spanish Flagship Gun Sprague Sprague Civil War Monument Sprague Korean War Monument Sprague Veterans Memorial Sprague Veterans Monument Sprague Vietnam War Monument Sprague World War I Monument Sprague World War II Monument Sprague’s Industrial Heritage Stonington Stonington Founders Monument Stonington Land Battery The 19th Century Port The Amistad Incident The Atlantic Trade The Barracks The Battle of Groton Heights The Construction of Fort Griswold The Defenders Of The Fort The Freedom Tree The Green The Roots of the US Coast Guard The Shattuck Building The Submarine Industry The Third System The War Office This Site Is Dedicated Thomas Howe House Thomas S. Greenman House Town of Bozrah Training Ship Joseph Conrad U.S. Submarine Memorial U.S.S. Maine Memorial Union Station United States Maritime Service Officers School USS Pawcatuck Veterans Monument Veterans Dedication Stone Veterans Memorial Voluntown Voluntown Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor War of 1812 War Office Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Waterford Welcome to the Hallville Fishway Wequetequock Burial Ground Western-Rig Dragger Florence Whale Ship Charles W. Morgan Whaleship Charles W. Morgan Whaling in New London Wichmann Semi-Diesel Engine William A. Buckingham House William Ashby McCloy William Haynes House Williams Memorial Park Ye Ebenezer Avery House "Do you want to be slave or free?" “Aim, Load, Fire” “The Arches”
The first lollipop-making machine was invented in New Haven, Connecticut in 1908 by George Smith. He named the candy after a popular racing horse called Lolly Pop.
New London County, Connecticut has a rich and diverse history dating back to the early 17th century. It was originally home to several Native American tribes, including the Pequots and Mohegans, who thrived in the fertile lands along the Thames River and Long Island Sound. The first European settlers arrived in the area in the early 1630s, establishing trading posts and forming alliances with the Native American tribes.

In 1646, New London was officially founded and soon became an important center for maritime trade and commerce. The town grew rapidly throughout the 18th century, attracting merchants, shipbuilders, and sailors from around the world. It played a significant role in the American Revolution as a hub for privateers, who were privately owned ships that were authorized to attack enemy vessels. New London was also a major port for the whaling industry, with numerous ships departing from its shores in search of valuable whale oil.

During the 19th century, New London County continued to prosper as a maritime center. It was a major hub for the shipping and shipbuilding industry, with many shipyards along the Thames River. The county also played a crucial role in the development of submarine warfare, as the United States Navy established the Naval Submarine Base in Groton in 1868. This base has since become the primary East Coast homeport for the Navy's fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.

In the 20th century, New London County experienced significant changes in its economic landscape. While the maritime industry declined, the county diversified its economy by attracting manufacturing, healthcare, and education sectors. Today, New London County remains an important center for education, with several colleges and universities located in the area. Its rich history, vibrant culture, and scenic beauty continue to attract tourists and visitors from around the world.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of New London County, Connecticut.

  • 1614 - Dutch explorer Adriaen Block visits the area that would later become New London County.
  • 1646 - English colonists establish the town of New London.
  • 1662 - The Connecticut Colony grants New London County its charter.
  • 1692 - The town of Stonington is incorporated.
  • 1784 - The city of Norwich is incorporated.
  • 1786 - The town of Groton is incorporated.
  • 1848 - The city of New London is incorporated.
  • 1869 - The city of Norwich becomes the county seat.
  • 1951 - The Naval Submarine Base New London is established in Groton.