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. Our numbers have increased since then and 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 social, civic, economic and political past.
In the fall of 2013 we embarked on our biggest project so far - the purchase of the former Grange building at 55 Lyme Street.The members of Old Lyme's Grange No. 162 decided to retire their charter and asked us if we would like to buy the property. After much discussion the Board of Trustees decided to go forward with a Capital Campaign to raise the funds to purchase and renovate the building. The property became ours on February 28, 2014. Three factors made this possible: a 100% financial committment from the Board of Trustees and the faith of a small group of donors who gave us a one-year loan. The third is the most important, a significant number of donations from our members and the local community. We have almost reached our goal of $225,000. This will enable the Society to pay off the loan, build a climate-controlled archive, and bring the building - built around 1900 - up to 2014 standards. Please help us climb the ladder to success and reach our goal. Donations may be mailed to: Old Lyme Historical Society, PO Box 362, Old Lyme, CT 06371, or use the PayPal button below. Thank you for your support!
The 2015 Now & Then Old Lyme Community Calendar is here!
For sale at the Florence Griswold Museum Shop, Old Lyme-Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library,
Old Lyme Historical Society, and on this website (Merchandise page)
Loving Parting Anniversary
The Old Lyme Historical Society, in cooperation with the historical societies of
Old Saybrook, Lyme, East Lyme and Salem, plans to commemorate
the 350th anniversary of "The Loving Parting" in 2015.
The 1665 event created the original town of Lyme, now all or part of the
above-named towns, when the residents on the east side of the Connecticut River
separated amicably from their parent community, the Saybrook Plantation.
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.
Our antiques appraisal fair
returns to Old Lyme
Sunday, March 8, 1-4 pm
Memorial Town Hall
52 Lyme Street
receive our NEWSLETTER
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.