About Monte Cristo Cottage
Situated in nearby New London, Connecticut, the Monte Cristo Cottage is the boyhood summer home of Eugene O'Neill, America's only Nobel-Prize winning playwright. The 1840’s cottage is named in honor of Eugene O’Neill’s father, the actor James O’Neill and his most popular role as Edmond Dantes in The Count of Monte Cristo.
Registered as a National Historic Landmark in 1971, the Cottage is the setting for two of O’Neill’s most notable works, Long Days Journey Into Night and Ah, Wilderness!. Currently the Cottage operates as a museum featuring a permanent exhibition on the life and works of Eugene O’Neill and an extensive collection of artifacts and memorabilia.
Curators emeritus Sally Pavetti and Lois McDonald began coordinating the restoration and furnishing of the Cottage in 1972, based on research and careful reading of O'Neill's works, and it first opened to the public in 1982. The Cottage was expanded in the spring of 2005, and now reflects the setting of Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical masterpiece Long Day's Journey Into Night as described by the dramatist in his set directions and depicted in his sketch for the play. Very few other literary landmarks are as evocative of a writer and his inner world.
GENERAL ADMISSION: $7
EUGENE O’NEILL THEATER CENTER MEMBERS: FREE
DATES & HOURS OF OPERATION:
*Monte Cristo Cottage is closed for the season, and reopens to the public after Memorial Day.
Group tours available by appointment. A minimum of 48 hours advance notice is required.
325 Pequot Ave.
New London, CT 06320
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INFORMATION, RESERVATIONS, & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Please contact us by phone 860-443-5378
O'NEILL & CT HISTORY LINKS:
Connecticut History Online
Photographs, drawings and prints about Connecticut history.
Connecticut's Heritage Gateway
This resource, created by the Connecticut Humanities Council (CHC), presents the state's impressive heritage resources online.
Connecticut's Cultural Gateway
This Connecticut Humanities Council site offers a statewide cultural calendar and more.
A comprehensive guide to the life and works of Eugene O’Neill, including a search engine, audio archive and guide to upcoming O’Neill productions.
The Louis Sheaffer-Eugene O'Neill Collection
The Sheaffer-O'Neill collection, located at Connecticut College in New London, CT, is an archive of the life and works of Eugene O'Neill formed by author Louis Sheaffer.