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New London City

New London City Hall is located at 181 State Street, New London CT 06320; phone: 860-447-5201.

Whale Oil Row, ca. 1835-1845, 105-119 Huntington Street, New London, CT, National Register

Photo: Whale Oil Row, ca. 1835, 105-119 Huntington Street, New London, CT. Listed on National Register of Historic Places in 1970. Photographed by user:John Phelan, 2012, (own work) [cc-by-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed May, 2014.

Beginnings [1]

The Town of New London was called "Pequot" when first settled in 1646 by John Winthrop, the younger, who had previously established a residence on Fisher's Island; when organized in 1658 it was named for London, England. New London was incorporated as the Town of New London in 1784.

New London was a rendezvous of privateers during the American Revolution, home port of a mighty fleet of whaling vessels in the nineteenth century, headquarters of minelayers, submarine chasers and submarines during the World War [WW I] and of the Coast Guard's swift 'rum-chasers' in the prohibition era, the town offers much of historic and maritime interest.

  1. Workers of the Federal Writers' Project, Works Progress Administration, Connecticut: A Guide to its Roads, Lore and People, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1938.
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