The Hempsted Houses are very notable historic buildings in the Whaling City. They were built by the family that was one of New London's first settlers. The 1678 Joshua Hempsted House is one of New England's oldest and most well documented dwellings. Right next door is a 1759 house - a rare stone one - built by Nathaniel Hempsted.
They are both now owned by Connecticut Landmarks and show how life was lived in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Hempsted Houses will reopen for the season Saturday.
The day will boast hearth-cooking demonstrations and performances of excerpts from a piece about the Hempsteds' history and about the the man they kept as a slave for more than 30 years, Adam Jackson. "The Secret Wells Behind These Walls" was created and will be performed by the New London student theater troupe Writers Block, Ink.
- KRISTINA DORSEY
Hempsted Houses opening day, 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 Hempstead St., New London; "The Secret Wells Behind These Walls" excerpts between 2 and 4 p.m.; open through Oct., and regular hours for May and June are 1-4 p.m. Sat. and Sun.; $7 ($6 students, teachers, and seniors; $4 for ages 6-18; free under age 6 and Connecticut Landmarks members); (860) 443-7949.