East Lyme Historical Society

News & Special Events

2023 Season Events


9am – 4pm

Spring Flea Market


10am – 3pm

Open House


6:00 pm

Annual Meeting



Flea Market, Lee House grounds



Nehantic Gathering



Archeological Dig – Lee House grounds


9am – 4pm

Fall Flea Market


6:00 pm

Fall Potluck Dinner Meeting; Speaker: Niantic Bay Yacht Club

Flea Market 2023

228 West Main Street Niantic CT

This East Lyme Historical Society annual event is held on the grounds of the historic Thomas Lee House over the course of the summer.  Local vendors will provide a wide range of collectables, antiques, and hand crafted items for sale.   Come and see what you may find.  Free parking. Free entrance.  Plus the Thomas Lee House will be open for Free guided tours provided by our wonderful volunteers.  So come and find your next treasure and explore an historic treasure.


  • Memorial Day Weekend- May 27th and 28th
  • July 4th Weekend – July 1st and 2nd
  • Labor Day Weekend – September 2nd and 3rd
  • Daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm


Open House Day at the Thomas Lee House

228 West Main Street, Niantic

As part of a state-wide collaboration the wonderful volunteers of the East Lyme Historical Society will be offering free guided tours.  Built in the latter part of the 1600s by Thomas Lee this building went through at least two expansions in order to accommodate his growing family.  The house remains in its primitive state thanks to the earlier members of the EL Historical Society and their vision in saving the house from being demolished.  Acquired  in 1914, the minimal restoration provides a glimpse of life during early Colonial America. On June 9th 1915 the Society met for their 18th Annual Meeting and introduced the public to the Thomas Lee House and has been open for tours since.   

Connecticut’s Open House Day will take place on Saturday June 10th, 10am to 3pm.


East Lyme Historical Society is delighted to announce the recent award of two significant grants. First, ELHS was awarded a $5,700 CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant from CT Humanities (CTH). CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grants assist organizations as they recover from the pandemic and maintain and grow their ability to serve their community and the public. 

Second, ELHS was awarded a $650 Collections Assessment Grant to evaluate the extent of our archival holdings. The Collections Assessment Grant is a program managed by Conservation ConneCTion and is supported through a partnership grant of the Connecticut Heritage Foundation at the Connecticut State Library and CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development.

The ELHS was one of 723 organizations in Connecticut receiving a CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant. Totaling more than $8.5M, these grants are part of a two-year, $30.7M investment in arts, humanities, and cultural nonprofits by the CT General Assembly and approved by Governor Ned Lamont.

The CT Cultural Fund Operating Support Grant was provided to the ELHS from CT Humanities, with funding from the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.

The East Lyme Historical Society is very grateful to CT Humanities and the State of Connecticut for their support.

About Connecticut Humanities

CT Humanities (CTH) is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources. Learn more by visiting cthumanities.org.

About Connecticut Office of the Arts

The Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) is the state agency charged with fostering the health of Connecticut’s creative economy. Part of the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, the COA is funded by the State of Connecticut and the National Endowment for the Arts.