NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) – Today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut to New London, home of the Hempsted Houses for ‘Hempsted Thanksgiving.’
The Hempsted House was built in New London in 1678. Now, the historic home allows you to experience what it was like to live in Connecticut in the 18th century.
We don’t even have running water here so you’re sort of living in the 18th century.
This Saturday, you can experience ‘Hempsted Thanksgiving’ – a colonial cooking experience.
We’re doing a chicken in the reflector oven. And I’m boiling pumpkin. The original settlers learned about pumpkins as “pumpions.”
According to the Hempsted’s diaries, they would “celebrate” Thanksgiving multiple times a year. We crafted the culinary delight of “corn oysters.” No seafood here. Just corn, corn meal… and eggs.
‘Hempsted Thanksgiving’ is a free event happening this Saturday from 1-4pm. Visit The Hempsted Houses: 11 Hempstead St, New London, CT 06320