The Colchester History Museum formerly the Reverend John Ballard House The Reverend John Ballard House, now the Colchester History Museum, during restoration Colchester Historical Society Board of Governors with John Adams actor Colchester Burying Ground located behind Bacon Academy.  Interred at the cemetery are the remains of Pierpont and Abigail Bacon, the Reverend John Bulkeley and the Tomb of Gershom Bulkeley and his descendants. The Tomb of Gershom Bulkeley and his descendants among the stone markers in the Colchester Burying Ground Collection Committee archiving over 800 images and postcards of Colchester's Past Third Grade Historic Walking Tour of the Colchester Burying Ground John Warner Barber drawing with original School for Colored Children among the trees on the right side of church Volunteer, Bertha Glemboski, hosts the Third Grade Historic Walking Tour visit to the Nathaniel Foote House Hundreds of Colchester's students annually tour our Museum Looking north into Colchester from what is now Route 85 (New London Road) with the Smith Farm in the foreground. We invite guest speakers.  In this case, Children's Chairs: The Evolution of Furniture Styles

Colchester History Museum

Home of the Colchester Historical Society!

 

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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colchester History Museum
will be closed until it is deemed safe to reopen to the public.

When we reopen, you will be able to visit on
Sundays, 12:00-3:00 pm. or by appointment.

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.

The Colchester Historical Society mailing address is: P.O. Box 13, Colchester, CT 06415

The mission of the Colchester Historical Society is to enlighten the community to the rich history of Colchester

To mark our 57th Anniversary a look at CHS beginnings. 

https://www.colchesterhistory.org/colchester-historical-society-beginnings/

Read about Colchester’s 8 National Treasures

http://bit.ly/2OMBpQG

New Member Services page added to keep members informed:

https://www.colchesterhistory.org/member-services-page/

Updates for new events.

Details on our Ice Cream Social Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm

https://www.colchesterhistory.org/colchester-historical-society-events/

Update on efforts to save the Cogshell Robinson House

We are grateful to the many people who signed our petition to help save the house from demolition.  Our effort is now getting support from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.  These two organizations are now actively engaged in helping to save this important Federal style structure as an integral part of the National Registered Village District in Colchester.

 

If you want to continue to help save this house from demolition, please write a letter of support to: The State Historic Preservation Office, Attention Todd Levine, 450 Columbus Boulevard, Suite 5, Hartford, CT 06103.  A hearing in front of the Historic Preservation Council will be held in early September to determine the fate of the house.  Your letter to SHPO can make a difference.  Thank you.

 


 Preserving history is more than buildings and places

For more information, email administrator@colchesterhistory.org.

 

 

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