A Sense of Place: Postcards from the Past

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The Colchester Historical Society Museum will re-open for the season on Saturday, April 9th, 1:00-4:00 pm with a festive Wine and Food Reception! Museum exhibits highlight the rich history of Colchester with our newest exhibit of vintage postcards of notable Colchester buildings in a dynamic graphic display.  A wall map identifies the location of all of the structures on view.  Many structures have been lost forever, others are easily recognized and still others have been carefully restored.  All the images tell the story of Colchester’s past and it’s evolution into the town it is today.

Additional exhibits feature the History of the Bulkeley Family, the Story of the Zagray Family, the History of the Hayward Rubber Company and the Story of the Champion Family.

The Colchester Historical Society Museum will be open on Saturdays, 1:00-4:00 pm, from April until December. 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.

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Ghoulchester: A Graveyard Tour into the Past
Location: tour begins at Hayward Fire Company Museum on South Main Street
Friday, October 13, 6 pm to 7:30 pm
*(Rain Date: Sunday, October 15, 4 pm to 5:30 pm)*
$10 CHS members / $15 non-members / $25 families
Fortune-teller cost: $10 for 10-minute reading (optional; pay at Colchester History Museum)

Formerly known as the “Spooky Cemetery Tour,” the Colchester Historical Society’s newly-named “Ghoulchester” is still the same great popular program! During this tour of the Colchester Burying Ground, visitors will meet notable characters from Colchester’s past–as if they’ve just risen from their graves to share their stories!

Tours are guided and recommended for both adults and families with children. All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Please wear comfortable footwear, dress for the weather, and bring a flashlight to enhance your experience. Tour space is limited and advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

After your tour, meet a fortune-teller (extra cost; purchase tickets in advance of your tour, as tickets are limited) and enjoy free baked goods and apple cider refreshments at the nearby Colchester History Museum.

*If rain date is necessary, decision will be made by 12 noon on 10/13. Check Facebook and/or CHS E-Blast for notification. Event will be cancelled in event of heavy rains; light percipitation will not cause event to be cancelled; dress appropriately.*

The historic Colchester Burying Ground, located behind the Old Bacon Academy, is one of the finest graveyards in eastern Connecticut housing the remains of many prominent citizens, and featuring exquisitely carved historic headstones. For more information, email: mail@colchesterhistory.org.

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