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 History Museum Exhibits

New Exhibits:

Emerging from the Shadows: Colchester’s School for Colored Children, 1804-1840

Prince Saunders was one of the first documented teachers at the School for Colored Children

Emerging from the Shadows explores, what can be known with reasonable certainty about the history of Colchester’s School for Colored Children. Original writings, images, and objects have been brought together to tell the story in this exhibit.

Colchester’s Roots in Agriculture: Then and Now  

Dember Family photographed with cow.

Since its founding in 1698, Colchester has been a community rich in agriculture.  Historical events impacted the boom and bust of the farming experience.  This exhibit illustrates Colchester’s agricultural history through imagery, original documents and objects.

Permanent Exhibits:

The Story of the Champion Family

Colonel Henry Champion is known for driving a herd of cattle through the snow to General Washington’s starving troops at Valley Forge.  His son, General Henry Champion became an outstanding military leader as well.  Learn more about the Champion Family in this exhibit.

The Hayward Rubber Company

Established in 1847 by Nathaniel Hayward, the Hayward Rubber Company brought jobs and prosperity to the town of Colchester.  Learn more about the company’s demise and eventual closure in 1908.

The History of the Bulkeley Family

Morgan Bulkeley

In 1634, the Reverend Peter Bulkeley escaped religious persecution in England and traveled by ship to the new world with his family.  This act marks the long history of the Bulkeley Family in New England, Connecticut and Colchester.  Visit this exhibit to learn more about how Peter escaped England and how the Bulkeley Family left it’s mark on Connecticut.



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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