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Connecticut Spring Antiques Show

March 21 and 22, 2020
The Hartford Armory
360 Broad Street, Hartford CT

For tickets and information visit

Haddam Shad Museum
Currently not open due to Covid 19
The Haddam Shad Museum will be open on Sunday 10 am to 3 pm from April 5 to June 14, 2020. The museum, the only one of its kind in the United States, displays the history of shad fishing on the Connecticut River since Colonial days. We will be glad to open it by appointment at other times for any groups interested. The Museum Directors are familiar with both commercial and sport shad fishing. The Museum is located at 212 Saybrook Road, behind the American Oil Gas Station in Higganum, CT. For information call 860-267-0388


28 th Annual
Winter Woolies Knitting Circle
January 19, 2020
February 2, 2020

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

JANUARY 1, 2020 AT 1 PM

Name of Park: Haddam Meadows State Park
Name of Trail: No specific trail as this park is open
Time of Event: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Meeting Location: By parking lot at entrance of park
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
Minimum Age for Children: Children ,under 16 years of age ,must be accompanied by an adult
 Any restrictions? (i.e. no pets p ermitted):  Pets must be leashed and well-behaved
Length of Hike: About 2 miles

Things to bring (water, snowshoes, snacks, etc.) Wear sturdy shoes.  If snow cover is deep, snowshoes are encouraged.  Bring water.

Cancellation Information: (phone, e-mail, text? call?)  Stormy weather and/or extreme cold will cancel the hike.  Email; Cancellation will also be posted on local (Haddam) Facebook pages

 The  approximately two -mile hike will include  the following: history, ecology, the human impact on the landscape, native plants  found in the memorial butterfly garden and opportunities to volunteer at the park.



On November 3, 2019 the Haddam Historical Society awarded the 2019 Founders’ Day Award to father/daughter duo, Bill and Laura Schneider.

Bill Schneider has served on the Board of Directors for multiple terms, holding the position of Vice President for a number of years. He is the organizations graphic designer and has been responsible for designing everything from our membership brochure to our house tour programs. Bill was one of the leads on the archeological dig, has been involved with our collaboration with the Haddam Shad Museum and volunteers for most events and programs.

Laura Schneider is the youngest person ever to receive the award. Laura arrived in 2009, as a camper in our “A Week in the Life of An Early American Child” and has been a fixture at the society since then. She has worked as a camp assistant, tour guide, photographer, office assistant, shop keeper, traffic control, and all -around good sport.

She has catalogued collections items, scanned countless photos and documents and was instrumental in the archaeological dig. She has helped out at most fundraisers and tours and is probably one of the most organized people we know.


D & H Scovil Hoe and Company
Through the Civil War Years
Third Program in the Scovil Ledger Series
Presented by the Haddam Historical Society
Sunday, November 10, 2019

Haddam Fire Station #1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum, CT
Free Admission

On Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2 pm at the Haddam Fire Station #1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum native Lindamae Peck will speak about her continued research into the D. & H. Scovil Hoe Company records, this time focusing on the period of the mid-1850s through the Civil War. The company’s largest clients for their self-sharpening planter’s hoe were southern cotton plantations and the Civil War presented an array of issues for the firm. How did the firm adapt? Join us to hear more. Free admission and light refreshments.


Visit six architecturally distinct properties in Haddam and Higganum which convey both past and present innovative creativity and resourcefulness. Visitors will tour a vineyard, pottery studio, painter's oasis and the home of City Bench, which creates beautiful furniture from fallen trees. Also tour the homes of former vaudville actors and contemporary author. Tickets are $25

Boxed lunches are available the day of the tour. Sandwich selection: Veggie, Italian Combo, or Chicken Salad. All come with fruit cup, chips, cookie and water. $15

Tour Check in is at Haddam Old Town Hall, 21 Field Park Drive, Haddam, CT
06438. Pick up map, ticket and brochure.

Cell Block Tales
Tour of the Haddam Jail
Saturday, October 19 and October 26, 2019
1 pm to 4 pm

The Haddam Historical Society will host a tour of the historic Haddam Jail cellblock on October 19 and October 26 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Visitors will meet some the famous and not so well-known historic prisoners who were incarcerated in the Haddam Jail in the 19 th and 20 th century. Local actors and students will portray real character who were jailed for various crimes including forgery and theft.
This year we are partnering with the newly established local theater group, Blue Fire Stage Company. Come and hear their stories, learn their fates.

Learn more about Blue Fire Stage Company on their Facebook page.

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

Sadie Ann Strom & Sue Costa

Haddam Historical Society Scholarship Award, 2019

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019 the Haddam Historical Society presented its seventh annual High School Scholarship Award at the Haddam-Killingworth High School Award Ceremony to Sadie Ann Strom, daughter of Heather and Dalton Strom of Higganum. The $500 scholarship award was based upon scholastic standing, contribution to school, community activities and interest in history. Sadie will be attending the University of Vermont in the fall.


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.




Croquet and Chardonnay
Saturday, June 1, 2019
rain date is June 2, 2019

$35 per person
268 Walkley Hill Road, Haddam, CT

Heavy appetizers, wine, beer and lemonade
3 Courts including Heartbreak Hill
Croquet Whites optional
Hat Contest for both men and women

Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day
Sunday, June 23, 2019
12 noon to 4 pm

Visit one of the 15 beautiful historic sites and gardens throughout the State of Connecticut including the Thankful Arnold House in Haddam. Free admission all day with refreshments and garden craft. Learn how the Widow Thankful Arnold used the many herbs she grew in her kitchen garden in cooking and healing.

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



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.



Museum Estate Sale
during Town Wide Tag Sale
Saturday, May 4, 2019
8 am to 2 pm

Thankful Arnold House Museum
Antiques, Collectibles, Furniture, Books and More!

Chillin' and Grillin' Hot Dogs in support of the Haddam Historical Society Scholarship Fund
14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT

Shad Museum Day
Sunday, May 19, 2019
10 am to 3 pm
Haddam Shad Museum
212 Saybrook Road, Higganum, CT

On Sunday, May 19 the Haddam Historical Society invites members and friends to stop by the Shad Museum for demonstrations, shad trivia and vist local shad fishermen. Jack Calhoun will show us how to plank a shad. Met with Dr. Joe Zaientz, museum founder.

Annual Meeting
Important Notice
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Haddam Community Center
7 Candlewood Hill Road *

6:30 Business Meeting
ONLY !!!

The Board of Directors has postponed the program part of the annual meeting on May 23, 2019 due to the Town of Haddam’s Annual Budget Town Meeting on the same evening.

We will however have the Annual Business Meeting from 6:30 pm to 6:50 pm at the Community Center, 7 Candlewood Hill Road, Higganum. Please join us as we re-cap the year, say good bye to Board Members, Jack Calhoun, Marijean Conrad, Sue Costa and Dianne McHutchison and welcome new Board Members John Edmondson, Lindamae Peck, Belle Seggerman and Reverend Jim Simpson. Light refreshments will be served.


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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