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Midway through Rev. William B. Cary’s leather-bound autograph book, Florence Griswold (1850–1937) and her sisters inscribed their names. They also…

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An extensive collection of letters at the Florence Griswold Museum chronicles the relationship between a successful packet ship captain who…

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What did the inside of a packet ship look like? Follow a reporter inside Captain Robert H. Griswold's ship, Toronto,…

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A simple hand-stitched notebook, its marbled paper cover faded over the centuries, records the religious, educational, and charitable purposes of…

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Women in Old Lyme debated the merits of granting women the right to vote. Read more to learn about a…

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by Carolyn Wakeman  Featured photo, above: Florence Griswold, “Moonlight.” Postcard inscribed to Helen Clark, 1905. LHSA   Editor’s Note: Visitors…

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When local artists exchanged holiday cards, they often sent original etchings or woodblock prints of the surrounding landscape, or lithographic…

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Daphne Ely was a resident of Lyme and active community member, but before settling down in the town where her…

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Carolyn Wakeman Featured Photo: Unidentified artist, A Massachusetts Militia Bandsman, ca. 1840. Fenimore Art Museum, Gift of Patricia B. Selch, in memory…

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Carolyn Wakeman Featured Photo: Joseph Perkins house, ca. 1890, showing apple trees behind. LHSA  The stately Victorian home of General Joseph…

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The Independence Day holiday in 1907 passed without celebration in Old Lyme. Ashes still smoldered from the fire that demolished…

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In the cultivated wildness of their flower gardens, local artists showcased their delight in color, pattern, and form. According to…

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