Old Lyme, in New London County, is located in southeast Connecticut on the mouth of the Connecticut River where it meets the Long Island Sound. Formerly known as Black Hall, it separated from Saybrook in 1655. It then incorporated as South Lyme, apart from Lyme, in May of 1855, and received its current name in 1857. Early industry centered on fishing, shipping, shipbuilding, and a salt monopoly. Evolving into a summer resort and artists’ colony in the nineteenth century, Old Lyme is known for the Florence Griswold Museum, Lyme Academy College of Fine Art, and the Lyme Art Association.
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Video – Florence Griswold Tribute Film
The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame pays tribute to Florence Griswold, an Old Lyme native who fostered the impressionist art movement in Connecticut. …[more]
Once Upon a Time in Old Lyme the Story of an American Art Colony. DVD. Old Lyme, CT: Florence Griswold Museum, 2007.
“Florence Griswold Museum,” 2017. Link.
“Old Lyme Historical Society,” 2012. Link.
“Map - Town of Old Lyme, Conn. (Petersen Collection).” Old Lyme, CT, ca. 1850s. University of Connecticut Libraries - Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.
“Map: South Part of New London Co. Connecticut - Page 188 and 189 of Town and City Atlas of the State of Connecticut.” Boston, MA: D. H. Hurd & Co., 1893. University of Connecticut Libraries - Map and Geographic Information Center - MAGIC. Link.
Connecticut State Library Digital Collections. “Old Lyme - WPA Architectural Survey,” 2014. Link.
“Old Lyme Collection.” Connecticut Digital Archive, n.d. Link.
Marshall, Benjamin Tinkham, ed. A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut. Vol. 1. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922. Link.
McCain, Diana. Connecticut Coast: A Town-by-Town Illustrated History. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 2009.
Florence Griswold Museum, and Stanley Schuler. Hamburg Cove: Past and Present. Old Lyme, CT: Lyme Historical Society; Florence Griswold Museum, 1990.
Burton, Kathryn. Old Lyme, Lyme, and Hadlyme. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2005.