Saturday and Sunday, July 1st and 2nd, 9:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
Fourth of July Weekend means it's time for our biggest Flea Market of the summer!
Not only do we have an exciting array of vendors, but the Historical Society will have its annual Tag Sale in the Barn during the Flea Market. We welcome your donations for this important fundraising event. We will be accepting items Tuesday, June 27th through Friday, June 30th, between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. PLEASE no clothes, computers, TV's, exercise equipment or carpets. If you can help price during the week or work for a couple of hours during the sale or have any questions or need items picked up call Liz Kuchta, 860.739.6651 or email to: [email protected].
The Thomas Lee House Museum will be open to visitors throughout the Market hours. Please contact Rod McCauley at 860.691.1573 if you would like to volunteer as a tour guide.
Don't forget to stop by the Thomas Lee House Museum and see what our fabulous vendors have to offer!
The purposes and objectives of the Society shall be:
1. To engage in educational, archival, research and exploration activities and to support such activities that will increase knowledge of and engender appreciation of the history of the Town of East Lyme and its heritage.
2. To encourage the preservation and restoration of the town’s historical assets, such as houses, structures, burying grounds, early artifacts and other things associated with the town’s origin and history.
3. To determine and develop year round historical programs and implementation of same. These programs and activities shall include the period of colonial history and may include all periods of American history and other history.
4. To cooperate and participate with other organizations for similar purposes and objectives, both within and without the town.
5. To establish the Thomas Lee House Preservation Committee to ensure the protection and preservation of the Thomas Lee House as an American heritage, wherein books, documents, pictures, furniture, tools, implements, artifacts and other articles associated with the history of the Thomas Lee House and the family are housed.
The Thomas Lee House (c. 1660) is one of the oldest wood frame houses in Connecticut still in its primitive state. The Lee House is listed on the National Register of Historic Houses, and is open for tours during the summer months. Learn more about the Lee House at
Several of our volunteers work to maintain the East Lyme Archives, a collection of documents and photographs in the East Lyme Room of the East Lyme Public Library. If you would like to know more about this program, you can read about it at
The first record of a school in the area of the Lee House dates to at least 1734. The present building was erected on land donated by Elisha Lee. In use until 1922, the building was eventually moved to its present location, next to the Lee House. It was donated to the East Lyme Historical Society in 1926. Learn more about the Little Boston School House at
Anthropology students from East Lyme and Ledyard High Schools, under the direction of James Littlefield and Dr. John Pfeiffer, conducted an archaeological study of the site of the original Little Boston School House. Their results can be found at:
On February 6, 2017 The First Church in Windsor, UCC, presented to the Windsor Town Council a Resolution to acknowledge the wrongful deaths of two Windsor women who were convicted of witchcraft and hung during the mid-1600s. In total, eleven women lost their lives as a result of accusations in Connecticut. These all took place before the famous witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts.
The two women in Windsor were Alse Young and Lydia Gilbert. Alse Young was a healer, and when she could not heal people under her care, she was accused of witchcraft. Despite her efforts, many died from a flu epidemic. She was hung in 1647. For Lydia Gilbert, three years after a man was accidentally shot by another soldier during military training, she was accused of being a witch and causing the gun to go off. She was hung in 1654.
The First Church felt that these women were unjustly hung and that it should be acknowledged. A unanimous (9-0) decision was made by the Windsor Town Council to pass a Resolution that states that these executions were "shocking, and were the result of community-wide hysteria and fear", and that these women should have "their good names restored in the Town of Windsor so they may rest in peace."
Among the descendants of Lydia Gilbert are residents of East Lyme, including Town Historian, Elizabeth Hall Kuchta, Historical Society President, Norman Peck III, and Margaret Beckwith Stone.
Limited Edition Pens
In 2014, when the beam in the 1660's East Chamber of the Thomas Lee House was replaced, a small portion of it was saved. Some of the wood has been used to create beautiful pens engraved with "Thomas Lee House ca. 1660". These limited edition pens will be treasured gifts available first to our members.
You will have your choice of a regular ballpoint pen for $50 or a fountain pen, with ink and a kit to convert it to a ballpoint, for $60.
These pens have been selling fast. There is a very limited number left, so if you haven't ordered one act soon.
Each comes with a display box and a letter about it.
For an order form click here.
The East Lyme Historical Society owns and maintains the Thomas Lee House and Little Boston School House, offers educational programs to the community throughout the year, works to provide access to historical materials through its publications, archives, and website, and is always ready to work with other groups to help foster understanding and appreciation of the history of our town.
And we do it all as volunteers!
The generosity of our town and our members is greatly appreciated. Time, energy, and dollars donated are put immediately to work.
If you are currently a member, THANK YOU! If not, please consider joining us. You may download the Membership Form here, or print the Membership Form page here, and mail either one to us, or you can contact us at:
Donations are always welcome.
And please remember: all of our programs are open to the public, free of charge. We welcome your participation!
BUSINESS OWNERS: Become a Business Member of the East Lyme Historical Society for only $50 a year. Members receive a free listing on our Business Directory page, with a link to their own sites, as well as being mentioned in our newsletters. Our website is currently attracting over 900 unique visitors and 14,000 hits each month, from all over the country, and from around the world. Many of them are in the process of planning trips to our area, and would be interested in the services you provide. Local residents will recognize your generosity, as well.
INTERESTED IN BEING A VOLUNTEER? The Society is busy year-round, with a calendar full of events to plan and execute, and a substantial property to maintain. We are always looking for people to get involved. If you have ideas, would like to help organize future activities, or want to be a more active member of the society, let us know. We'd be thrilled to hear from you!