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 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 Historical Society Events

The Colchester Historical Society hopes to participate in the
Wadsworth Atheneum Festival of Trees 
in late November and early December.

Festival of Trees at Wadsworth Museum

Interested in helping to create ornaments and decorate our tree entry?  Let us know.  A committee will start working in October.
Contact us at or 860 537-4230.

Save the Date

for the Colchester Historical Society Holiday Pot Luck Supper
at a (still secret) historic site on Tuesday, December 17th at 6:00 pm.

Ice Cream & History


Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Join us on the lawn of the Colchester History Museum on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm, when long-time Colchester resident and farmer, Michael DeNora will give an illustrated talk about Colchester’s once thriving chicken farming industry. Having spent sixty-four years on an chicken farm, Mike will share the work involved and the local farmers who ran chicken farms.
This informative program will be held on the lawn of the
Colchester History Museum, so please bring a chair.
The event is free and open to the public.
Ice cream will be served to all who attend.
For more information, contact us at:,
or 860 537-4230

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

New to our site:

To mark our 55th Anniversary a look at CHS beginnings.

Read about Colchester’s 8 National Treasures

New Member Services page added to keep members informed:

Updates for new events.

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

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

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