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Members of Connecticut's Historic Gardens
New London County Historical Society & Shaw Mansion
See Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day activities offered here June 22, 2014
New London County Historical Society
and Shaw Mansion
11 Blinman Street
New London, CT 06320 | 860.443.1209
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 1–4 pm.
Saturday, 10 am–4 pm
Shaw Mansion, built 1756, has been the home of the New London County Historical Society since 1907. It was modified by the great-grandson of the builder, Dr. Nathaniel Shaw Perkins, when he inherited it in 1845. Thus the portrayal of a formal "Victorian" garden in front of the house and a colonial garden in the rear of the house. A centerpiece of that is a summerhouse built as a "gentleman's folly" around 1792, on a granite ledge behind the Mansion where it captured the view and the breezes off the Thames River.
Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day, June 22, 2014 | 12–4 pm
Included in the regular admission price are special tours and demonstrations. Connecticut Master Gardeners are available to provide tours of the Shaw Mansion garden and answer questions. During the afternoon, a local croquet club will play a match and demonstrate the secrets of the game. Limited numbers of special plants available for sale. Visitors can enjoy strawberry shortcake and lemonade.
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