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October 2018

Cell block Tales
Tour of the Haddam Jail
Saturday, October 20, 2018
1 pm to 4 pm

The Haddam Historical Society will host a tour of the historic Haddam Jail cellblock on October 20, 2018 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Visitors will meet some of the famous and not so well- known historic prisoners who were incarcerated in the Haddam Jail in the 19 th and 20 th centuries. Local actors and drama students will portray real characters who were incarcerated for debt to murder. Hear their stories, Learn their fate!

Admission is $5 per person, children under 12 are free. For more information visit or call 860-345-2400

D. & H. Scovil:
The Early Years Including the
Manufacturing of Gun Barrels

Second Program in The Scovil Ledger Series

Sunday, October 28 at 2 pm
Haddam Fire Station #1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum, CT
Free Admission

On Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 2 pm at the Haddam Fire Station #1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum native, Lindamae Peck will talk about her continued research into the D. & H. Scovil company records, this time focusing on the early years of the 1840s when Daniel and Hezekiah Scovil started their firm. Interestingly, like their father Hezekiah Scovil Sr., they also manufactured gun barrels before concentrating primarily on the planters hoe. Free admission and light refreshments. For additional information visit .


September 2018

22nd Annual
Venture Smith Day

A Connecticut Freedom Trail Celebration
1 pm to 4 pm
Saturday, September 8, 2018

First Church Cemetery, Route 151 (Town Street), East Haddam, CT

Dr. Jesse Nasta, Professor of African American Studies at Wesleyan University
Karl P. Stofko, East Haddam Municipal Historian
Elizabeth Norman, Connecticut Explored
Michael Borders, Illustrator and Muralist

Past Events
August 2018

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July 2018

2nd Annual Croquet and Chardonnay Tournament
Saturday, July 14, 2018 4 pm to 7 pm (rain date is July 15, 2018)

Join the Haddam Historical Society for a lovely summer afternoon of croquet, wine and appetizing nibbles at the beautiful Nestledown Estate on Walkley Hill. Our knowledgeable course designers have devised both traditional and challenging layouts including the infamous Heartbreak Hill. There will be both single and double tournaments and the top three winners will earn the coveted bronze, silver or golden mallet. Croquet whites are optional and there will be a hat decoration contest. The afternoon will also feature a silent auction fundraiser. Tickets are $35 per person. Online Tickets: Click Here


Haddam Historical Society Scholarship Award, 2018
On Tuesday, June 12, 2018 the Haddam Historical Society presented its sixth annual High School Scholarship Award at the Haddam-Killingworth High School Award Ceremony to Taylor Esposito, daughter of David Esposito and Tracy Esposito of Haddam. The $500 scholarship award was based upon scholastic standing, contribution to school, community activities and interest in history. Taylor will be attending SUNY Cortland in pursuit of a BA Musical Theater degree.

The society is delighted to be able to help support the continued education of one of our community’s deserving students and advocate for the importance of history both locally and globally, noted Scholarship chair Susann Costa.

Pictured: Taylor Esposito and Scholarship Chair, Susann Costa.


June 2018

Connecticut Open House Day- June 9, 2018. 12 noon to 4 pm at the Thankful Arnold House

The Haddam Historical Society will participate in the 14th Annual Connecticut Open House Day on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 12 Noon to 4 pm. This statewide event supported by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism is designed to broaden awareness of Connecticut’s cultural assets and encourage visitors to become ambassadors who share newfound discoveries with families and friends.


Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day- June 24, 2018. 12 noon to 4 pm at the Thankful Arnold House

Visitors will learn how herbs, vegetables and plants were used by the Widow Thankful Arnold in the early 19 th century. The Wilhelmina Ann Arnold Barnhart Memorial Garden features over 50 varieties of herbs including those used in cooking, dyeing, fragrance and medicine. The museum’s newly interpreted outhouse will also be on the tour.

This year’s activity for both adults and children will be making a small hedgehog or mouse from teasel plants grown in the garden or make a lavender sachet. Our newly published garden brochure will be featured and distributed throughout the afternoon. Light refreshments will also be served including our famous rhubarb tea. For further information visit or call 860-345-2400.


Summer Program at the Haddam Historical Society June 26 to June 29, 2018 at the Thankful Arnold House Museum

The Haddam Historical Society is pleased to announce its 13th annual summer program, “AWeek in the Life of an Early American Child,” offered for girls and boys ages 8-12. This year the program will take place Tuesday, June 26 – Friday, June 29, 2018.

Students will travel back in time to the year 1830 and spend the week with Mrs. Thankful Arnold and her family. All activities take place at the Thankful Arnold House Museum in Haddam, and they include caring for farm animals; carding, spinning and felting wool; creating a mini floorcloth; making butter; baking; playing with Colonial toys and games, and even dancing! The fee is $139 for the four days with all materials and snacks included. The first three days, Tues June 26, Wed June 27 and Thurs June 28, will be half-day sessions (9 am to noon). Friday June 29 will be a full day session (9 am to 3 pm).

For more information and registration, go to . For questions, contact Sarah Neal, Education Coordinator, The Haddam Historical Society, at or call 860 345-2400.

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