Barkhamsted Historical Society
100 East River Road, PO Box 94
Pleasant Valley, Connecticut 06063
Phone: 860 738-2456
email: bhs at
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Squire's Tavern Hours
Sundays 1:00 - 4:00pm
Wednesdays  9:00 - 12:00

Join the Barkhamsted Historical Society

Learn about and explore Barkhamsted's history.
The Community section of this website consist of:
Short tour of historic sites in Barkhamsted.
One of our goals is to record current events, cultural happenings and what now may seem to be some of the more mundane tidbits of everyday life in this town of Barkhamsted, Connecticut.  We feel that as time passes, the information preserved here will provide a fascinating glimpse of "the way things used to be".
The Barkhamsted Historical Society is an all volunteer organization with no paid employees.  We accept genealogical inquiries but unfortunately we just do not have the resources to help you with more than just basic questions.  Click here for information on how to contact us.  

If you would like to volunteer to research genealogical inquiries, we would be most grateful!  We desperately need help in this area.  If you have any interest at all, PLEASE contact us!
 Upcoming, recent and past activities of the Barkhamsted Historical Society (current and most recent stuff at the top).  For additional information and photos involving work at the Squire's Tavern and other happenings and issues, please visit our Historical Society Log. 

  Maps Available

 1874 Map of Barkhamsted

Purchase 1874 Barkhamsted Map
The Historical Society is selling reprints of the F. W. Beers 1874 map of Barkhamsted.  This colorful map (shown above) shows the 12 old school districts and has most of the houses (with owners names) that existed at that time.  The map is on heavy textured paper, measures 13.75 inches by 21 inches and is suitable for framing.  It is available for $7 at Historical Society events such as the flea markets, annual meetings and open house days at the Squire's Tavern.  It is also available by mail for the price of $12 including shipping.  Proceeds from the sale of these maps help support Historical Society activities. 


Barkhamsted Heritage
We have a limited number of this comprehensive Barkhamsted History Book. First published in 1975 and reprinted in 1990. 345 pages (softcover).  Price: $25 at the Tavern, or $32 by mail (price includes shipping).
  Purchase includes a 1 year
BHS Membership

Puchase Barkhamsted Heritage
Barkhamsted Schoolhouses
The Early Schoolhouses of Barkhamsted written by Michael Day. 36 pages (booklet).
With pictures and accompanying text we provide an introduction to the basics of 19th century education along with a brief history of the various districts that served the neighborhoods of Barkhamsted.  Price: $7.00 at the Tavern or $10 by mail (price includes shipping).
  Puchase Early Schoolhouses of Barkhamsted

Join the Historical Society

The Historical Society is always looking for the support of new members.  If you want to become an active member and/or work on one of our projects or special committees, we definitely want to hear from you!




The Barkhamsted Historical Society is working to preserve and share the history and culture of the Connecticut town of Barkhamsted.  In these pages we hope to share with you information, sights and flavors of Barkhamsted, past and present.


Barkhamsted Historical Society 

New Domain Name 

Unfortunately, due to circumstances out of our control, we have had to change our domain name for the Barkhamsted Historical Society website.

The new domain name website address is

*Please note the new .US extension.

Our site can no longer be reached at Please update your links and bookmarks. 


Old Barkhamsted Day 2017

Our Annual Old Barkhamsted Day will be held at the Tavern on Saturday  May 20th  beginning at 12 noon  with food and soft drinks for sale. Join us for a variety of live demonstrations featuring some of the domestic skills our ancestors used in their daily lives.

We will  have a blacksmith with his portable forge showing how a number of iron items were produced that were needed around the farms,  as well as craft demonstrations including: weaving, spinning, candle making, basket weaving, rush chair seat weaving, corn husk dolls,   and old hand tools and games to try.

This year we will again have a sheep shearing demonstration and some friendly goats roaming around.

Returning this year will be an encampment on the grounds by the Lebanon Towne Militia. We will be able to see how they lived while being ready to defend their town. These activities will take place on the Tavern grounds and the Tavern will be open for touring. Questions call: Noreen Watson 860 738 1152 

This year we will again have a sheep shearing demonstration and some friendly goats roaming around.

Barkhamsted Historical Society Tag Sale

The Barkhamsted Historical Society will hold their Annual Tag Sale on June 16&17 at the Barkhamsted Town Garage on RT. 44 beginning at 9am. Many items are available for purchase- come and find just what you are looking for! This event helps us maintain our buildings as well as offer many programs and events during the year.


Barkhamsted Historical Society Program Series

June 9th at 7pm at the Barkhamsted Senior Center Mike Day will speak about Barkhamsted’s long time doctor,Dr. Amos Beecher and medicine in the 19th century. Dr. Beecher’s life is a good example of how the practice of medicine changed during his lifetime. He treated his patients using herbs as well as modern medical equipment. Come and learn with us. 

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Questions call: 

Noreen Watson 860 738 1152


Connecticut Open House Day

Squire’s Tavern in Peoples Forest on East River Road, Pleasant Valley, the home of the Barkhamsted Historical Society, will be participating in the Connecticut Open House Day on Sat. June 10th.  This event sponsored by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism is held each year at historic sites, art galleries, museums and many other landmarks throughout Connecticut. The Commission states that “Connecticut Open House Day serves as a fun way for Nutmeggers to discover – or rediscover- all that is accessible within our state. It is a way for Connecticut residents to visit the treasures in their own backyard.”


 As a participant, Squire’s Tavern will welcome visitors from 1:00 to 4:00.  The admission is free and refreshments will be served.  Stop in and see what our special program will be this year!  The Barkhamsted Historical Society has been very busy restoring this historic site.  The Tavern has much to offer including exhibits of local history.   


To view a list of other participants in Connecticut Open House Day go to and for more information about the Barkhamsted Historical Society 

A new publication is now available on the Walt Landgraf Soapstone Quarry located in Barkhamsted on Ragged Mountain in Peoples State Forest.  The publication is written by archaeologist Dr. Ken Feder and was produced with funding from the State Historic Preservation Office, the Farmington River Coordinating Committee and the Barkhamsted Historical Society. This is a very nice summary of the soapstone quarry and nearby rock shelter that was utilized by native Americans thousands of years ago.  The area is of such interest and importance that it was designated an archaeological preserve by the State of Connecticut in 2015.  The 24-page booklet is available at the Squire’s Tavern for $5 or for $10 (to cover shipping) you can order a copy and we will mail it to you.



The 24-page booklet, Barkhamsted Lighthouse, by Dr. Ken Feder, tells the story of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse community, and the archaeological research by Dr. Feder and his team. Price $5 at the Tavern or $10 by mail (includes shipping).



Take a virtual tour of Squires Tavern

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Click in the image and drag to view in 360 degrees. Click the arrows to advance to next panorama.

The Squire's Tavern Store now has mugs,trivets and refrigerator magnets for purchase.The mugs come in 3 styles and cost $10 each,the trivets are $15 each and feature several scenes from Barkhamsted, and the magnets come in 3 styles and cost $5 each.Great ideas for gifts.Stop in and see!

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