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Higganum Landing
National Register Historic District

The Society is thrilled to announce that the Higganum Landing National Register District has been approved by the National Park Service (before shutdown) and is now official. This is the third National Register District in Haddam. The other two consist of the Haddam Center National Register District and Camp Bethel National Register District. The town has one individual listing on the National Register, the James Hazelton House.

Higganum Landing Nomination


2018 Scholarship Winner Taylor Esposito and Sue Costa

Haddam Historical Society announces Scholarship Applications now available

The Haddam Historical Society is pleased to announce it is again offering a $500 scholarship to a resident of Haddam, Higganum, or Haddam Neck and a senior at Haddam-Killingworth High School. The application and instructions forms are available at the Haddam-Killingworth High School Guidance Office.

Scholarship chairman, Susann Costa, notes that the 2019 award will be the 7 th consecutive year the Haddam Historical Society has bestowed an award and is delighted to be able to help support the continued education of a deserving student and advocate for the importance of history both locally and globally.


First Day Hike
January 1, 2019

The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is once again offering First Day Hikes on New Year’s Day at its state parks. Haddam Meadows State Park volunteers will be joining other state parks volunteers to offer a hike. The hike will be held from 1:00 -3:00 pm It will be lead by Cherry Czuba, CT DEEP Adopt-A Park volunteer, Lisa Malloy, Executive Director of the Haddam Historical Society, and Gail Reynolds, UCONN Extension Master Gardener Coordinator .The approximately two mile hike will include the following: the history of the meadows, some background geology and floodplain habitats of the park, the human impact on the landscape, native plants found in the memorial butterfly garden and opportunities to volunteer at the park.

Please meet at the park entrance, wear warm clothes, (snowshoes or cross country skis ) and bring water. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs must be leashed. Light refreshments will be served. Stormy weather will cancel the hike. For further information contact Cherry Czuba at

Haddam Meadows State Park, Route 154, Haddam,CT,1:00-3:00 pm, easy 2 mile hike. Meet at the parking lot entrance. Sponsored by DEEP Adopt- a -Park volunteers, the Haddam Historical Society and the UCONN Master Gardener Program, the walk along the CT River will include the following:   the history of the meadows, some background information on geology and floodplain habitats, the human impact on the landscape, native plants found in the memorial garden and opportunities to volunteer at the park. Bring water, snack, and snowshoes, if needed. If bad weather, hike will be canceled and may be re-scheduled. Check weather conditions for Haddam. Contact Cheryl at 860-345-4856.





Winter Woolies Knitting Circle

*January 20 date has been postponed!!!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sunday, February 3, 2019

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thankful Arnold House Museum

14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT


Do you have a knitting or needlework project that has been sitting around waiting for you to finish it? Join Beth Hartke to work on that neglected piece or start a new one and enjoy the company of others with NO modern-day intrusions. Registration is required, since space is limited. Admission is free.


For further information call Lisa at Haddam Historical Society 345-2400 or


The Connecticut 169 Club
Thursday, January 31, 2019
6:30 at Brainerd Memorial Libray

  On Thursday, January 31 at 6:30, the Brainerd Library will host a book talk and signing by author and historian Marty Podskoch on his new book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut. The new travel book encourages travelers to visit all of the 169 towns and villages of our beautiful and unique state.

  Marty has created the book to be a guide and a passport. Podskoch got someone from each town to write a short description highlighting their town’s location, history, and interesting places to visit. Elizabeth Malloy, Executive Director of the Haddam Historical Society, has written the chapter on Haddam. Podskoch did this because local residents knew more about their town than he. The book has a space for travelers to journal about their experiences and a place to get the book stamped or signed by a resident or business. Travelers will get to know the locals and perhaps learn about a good place to eat or an interesting local attraction. In this way they get to know a lot about Connecticut and its residents.




Pictured: Jack Calhoun, John Stellenwerf, Barbara Stellenwerf and Dianne McHutchison

Haddam Historical Society Founders’ Day Awards 2018

Haddam: On Sunday, November 4, 2018, the Haddam Historical Society held its 40 th Annual Founders’ Day Dinner which pays tribute to the town’s founding fathers and mothers as well as the Native Americans from whom the Plantation at Thirty Mile Island was purchased for 30 coats in 1662.

Each year the Society bestows the Founders’ Day award to a person or persons who have performed an outstanding service to the organization and contributed to furthering the mission of the Haddam Historical Society, which is to preserve, collect, interpret and promote the history and heritage of Haddam for present and future generations.

This year the Society honored a number of worthy individuals who have not only supported the Historical Society but have given back to the community at large in a number of significant ways.

John and Barbara Stellenwerf are long time members of the Society who have assisted at many events and in particular working on the appearance and flowers at the Connecticut Spring Antiques Show. They are also extremely active in the Haddam Garden Club and Brainerd Memorial Library.

Dianne McHutchison has served as the President for the Haddam Historical Society for the last two years and has overseen numerous projects including our new garden shed, strategic plan and an archaeological dig. She is the former president of the Haddam Neck Fair Association and continues to serve on the Fair’s Board of Directors. She is involved with the Haddam Neck Congregational Church, Haddam Neck Quilt Show and local land conservation efforts.

Former State Trooper and life-long Higganum resident Jack Calhoun has devoted his time to many causes in town from the Lions to serving on Capital Planning Commission and the Haddam’s Zoning Board of Appeals. He is extremely active with the Higganum Congregational Church and volunteers for many local fundraisers including Grimm’s Haunted House. He has been the Haddam Historical Society’s liaison with the Haddam Shad Museum over the past few years to ensure the museum remains in town. He is a wonderful story-teller and resource of local history and tales.

The Society also honored our dear friend the late Doug Roper who was always available when we needed him. His talent to fix or figure anything out was a gift, and the Society frequently called on Doug to help us with minor to major problems. He would rush down to the Thankful Arnold House Museum in a minute when we called and helped keep the museum and grounds in tip-top shape. He will be missed dearly.
































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