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 are thrilled to announce that we have been able to raise over $245,000, surpassing our initial goal of $225,000. We have remodeled the original lobby into an office, and are in the process of creating a climate-controlled archive storage area in the building's lower level. More projects are in the planning stage to bring the structure - built around 1900 - up to 2014 standards, providing handicapped access and improved exhibit space, while preserving the historical integrity of the building.
Thank you for your support in helping to bring Old Lyme's history to life for new generations!