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Haddam Neck Quarry Hike
Saturday, April 28, 2018

Brainerd Quarry Preserve

On Saturday, April 28, 2018 the Haddam Historical Society in collaboration with the Middlesex Land Trust will host a “Quarry Hike” at the Brainerd Quarry Preserve in Haddam Neck. This will be followed by a special tour of a private quarry off of Ague Spring Road. The hike will start at 9:00 am at the Preserve on Injun Hollow Road and will be led by Harold Moritz, a geologist, mineral collector and photographer who focuses on minerals from his native Connecticut. He is very active in several Connecticut mineral/gem clubs and is a board member of the Geological Society of Connecticut. 

The Brainerd Quarry, and others on Quarry Hill, were active for over 150 years in the 18 th and 19 th centuries and followed the best rock along the so-called “Allen Vein”.  They provided stone for many local building and road projects, plus many in New York City, Virginia and New Orleans. Free and open to the public. For additional information please call 860-345-2400 or email


Museum and Office Closed
May 1 through May 6, 2018

Along the Valley Line
with author Max Miller of Higganum










Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7pm at the HVFD Station #1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum Connecticut

On Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7 pm Higganum resident, train historian and author Max Miller will talk about his new book Along the Valley Line: The History of the Connecticut Valley Railroad. The program will take place at the Haddam Fire Station No. 1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum. The program is free and open to the public. There will be a short Haddam Historical Society business meeting at 6:30 prior to the presentation.

The Connecticut Valley Railroad (CVRR) completed in 1871, once carried both passenger and freight traffic along the west bank of the Connecticut River between Hartford and Saybrook. Miller, who is a historian for the CVRR and the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad, has long been collecting documents, photographs and memorabilia and has recently published the first comprehensive history of the line which includes stories of train wrecks, ghosts and booms and bust.

Past Events

Haddam Meadow Spring Day Hike
Saturday, March 31, 2018 from 10 am to 12 noon
(rain date: April 7)

Join Lisa Malloy, Director of the Haddam Historical Society, Gail Reynolds, UCONN Extension Master Gardener Coordinator, Rob & Alberta Mirer, East Haddam birders, and Cherry Czuba, CT DEEP Adopt-a-Park volunteer for a walk about in Haddam Meadows State Park. Learn about the history, geology, floodplains habitats of the area, human impact on the land, avian life along the river and much more. Free and open to the public. Dogs must be on leash.

On April 14, 2018 best-selling author, Russell Shorto will discuss his new book, Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom, which weaves the stories of six historic figures during the American Revolution, including local Haddam legend and freed slave, Venture Smith. The book addresses the significance of individual freedom and rights and how they were the inspiration and catalyst for powerful change. The program will be held at the Haddam Fire Station No. 1 at 7 pm.

Russell Shorto, author of the best seller “The Island at the Center of the World,” about the Dutch founding of Manhattan, has won numerous awards for his writing, and his books have been published in 14 languages. The New York Times review notes that with Revolution Song “Shorto artfully weaves the stories together and leaves it to the reader to draw conclusions.” Amy Chua, Tiger Mom author, stated “Brilliant, captivating and fast-paced, Revolution Song is a wonderfully original take on the American Revolution that reads like a thriller.” The Kirkus Review noted “Smith’s story is especially lively.”

The program, which is free and open to the public, is supported by a generous grant from Connecticut Humanities and sponsored by the Haddam Historical Society, East Haddam Historical Society and First Church Cemetery Association of East Haddam.

The program will start at 7 pm at the Haddam Fire Station No. 1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum, CT 06441. The program is free and open to the public. For additional information call 860-345-2400 or email




On Sunday, November 5, 2017 the Haddam Historical Society held its 39 th Annual Founders’ Day Dinner which honors 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 Haddam Historical Society and contributed substantially to furthering the mission of the 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 Tiger Carlson of Higganum who has contributed to the organization in many ways from offering his carpentry skills to sharing family history. He and his wife, Yvonne have contributed to numerous programs and events and have assisted at the Connecticut Spring Antiques Show and worked on the gardens and grounds to name a few of their endeavors. The Carlson Family has been a staple in Higganum for over 150 years and have contributed to the community in many important ways including Tiger’s parents, Charlie and Pat Carlson, who played Mr. and Mrs. Claus spreading joy and happiness during the holiday season. Tiger continues the family tradition of giving back and being involved in making our community a great place to live.

Pictured (L to R): Elizabeth Malloy, HHS Director; Pat Carlson; Yvonne Carlson; and Tiger Carlson




























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