The Indian & Colonial Research Center re-opens. One-stop information shop on Native American and colonial times.

An excellent resource for Native American and colonial artifacts has re-opened. The Indian & Colonial Research Center in Old Mystic, a victim of the 2010 floods, has been completely restored and is now open Tuesdays and Thursdays for exploration.

The research center exhibits the extensive collection of historian, teacher and anthropologist Eva Lutz Butler. The collection includes Native American artifacts, genealogical material, books, photos and other materials from colonial times. Those interested in area history will be able to see original lot plans for the town of Noank, Butler’s hand-drawn home sites of New London County before 1800 and even Mystic National Bank Account books (the ICRC is housed in the former Mystic National Bank).

If you are here for a visit and near quaint Old Mystic, make sure the ICRC is on your list. It’s a great way to get a glimpse into New England’s colonial era. Minutes from the Mystic Seaport, downtown and the Mystic Aquarium, the ICRC can be a great addition to a day of exploration.

Image courtesy of the Indian & Colonial Research Center.

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