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

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Colchester History Museum

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

The Colchester History Museum, while housed in the former Reverend Ballard home, is not a traditional “historic house” museum.  Rather, it is a museum that happens to be housed in a historic house building; the museum features unique exhibits about people and institutions associated with the town of Colchester.

Admission to the museum is free, although donations are welcome.  The museum is open from 12:00-3:00 pm from April through December, except for holiday weekends.  Holiday weekends include: Easter (when it falls in April), Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving.  A tour of the museum may also be arranged by appointment by sending an email to mail@colchesterhistory.org.

The Museum is located at 24 Linwood Avenue in Colchester, Connecticut and shares a free parking lot with Cragin Memorial Library.


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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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