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

Heritage Walking Tour-Avery Morgan House

Avery Morgan House

219 South Main Street

Avery Morgan House

The Morgan House is a fine local example of early 19th -century transitional

design combining Federal and Greek Revival architectural forms. The classical

details blend to form a strong visual appearance along South Main Street. The

residence is one of several antebellum homes built along prestigious South Main

Street in the heart of the historic village center of Colchester.


This fine 19th -century residence was built for Colonel Avery Morgan around 1824.

The structure was an early local example of the emerging Greek Revival style. Colonel

Morgan maintained the house as his residence through 1854. By 1868, the property

was owned by E.A. Bulkeley.


This well -maintained early 19th -century residence is two stories in height with

a front -facing gabled roof. The structure is larger than comparable Greek Revival

dwellings seen along South Main Street and commands a large open site. The main

(southwest) elevation is four bays wide with a elegant entry door set in the third

bay. Resting on an ashlar, stone foundation, the building is sided in narrow wood

clapboards framed by flat corner pilasters. The first and second floor windows are 6/6

double -hung wood sash with slender wood sills and molded architrave surrounds.

The main entry features a classical enframement with a paneled door flanked by

four -pane sidelight windows and a flat elliptical -arch fanlight. The corners of the

fanlight panel feature finely detailed sunburst motifs. To either side of the

doorway opening are flat pilasters with simple molded caps. Resting atop the

pilasters is a flat frieze with a small denticulated course and a molded cornice.

The entry is reached by a series of wide concrete steps.



We regret that our museum is closed due to COVID-19, we apologize for any inconvenience.  However,  you can now visit the Colchester History Museum virtually using our new 360 Virtual Tour!  Click on the introductory video link and then click the 360 Museum Tour for the full experience.  Enjoy your tour and visit us in 2021 when we reopen the museum.

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360 Virtual Museum Tour

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.

Coggshell-Robinson House circa 1870

A sad ending to a great example of our structural history, the demolition of the Coggshell-Robinson House: ‎

Emerging from the Shadows: the Story of Colchester’s School for Colored Children, 1803-1840 winner of the Connecticut League of History Organizations’ Award of Merit and the American Association of State and Local History Leadership in History Award:…ildren-1804-1840/

 Preserving history is more than buildings and places

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