Colchester History Museum

Home of the Colchester Historical Society!



The Colchester History Museum is a fully handicapped-accessible building.

The Colchester History Museum will close shortly
for the season.  The last day to visit will be

December 2, from 11 am to 2 pm.

The museum will re-open in April, 2018,
and will be available by appointment December through March.

Housed in the old “Ballard Homestead,” the museum offers two floors
of temporary and permanent exhibits featuring the history of Colchester.
The Colchester History Museum is the headquarters of the Colchester Historical Society.
Founded in 1963, the Colchester Historical Society preserves
the material and archival culture of Colchester residents
past and present, and tells their stories
through compelling exhibits and
engaging public programs for adults, children,
and families on-site and throughout the community.


The museum is located at 24 Linwood Avenue in Colchester, adjacent to the Cragin Memorial Library.  Admission is free and there is ample free parking behind the museum.

Don’t Miss!



Discover Colchester:  1874 Walking Tour 
Location: tour begins and ends at the CVS parking lot on South Main Street
Sunday, December 10, 1 pm to 3 pm
*(Heavy rain or snow will cancel this walk.)*
Free; donations welcome

The next Discover Colchester event will be a walking tour of the Colchester Historic District and beyond, based on a November 1874 Hartford Post newspaper article.  In this article an unnamed local leads the writer through Colchester, describing who owns or lives in nearly every house or business along the way.

During this tour, the same route will be retraced, reading extracts of the article and sharing photographs of some of the buildings as they looked around 1874.  Copies of an 1868 map of Colchester with the names of the properties closely matching those named in the article will be provided to all participants.

This will be an easy walk, mostly on sidewalks, with a total length of less than two miles; however, due to many stops, expect to walk or stand for more than two hours.  The walk will start and finish in the CVS parking lot on South Main Street.  Dogs on leashes are welcome.

For further information contact Gary Walter by phone at 860-531-4635 or email at:

This event is co-sponsored by the Colchester Land Trust and the Colchester Historical Society.  Both organizations are non-profit, 501c3 organizations that work to enhance the experience of living in Colchester.  To volunteer, join, contribute, or simply learn more please visit: Colchester Land Trust or Colchester Historical Society.

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