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
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.
*Please note the new .US extension.
Our site can no longer be reached at barkhamstedhistory.org. Please update
your links and bookmarks.
Barkhamsted Historical Society Program
On May 12h, 2017 at 7PM at the Barkhamsted Senior Center, 109 West River Rd., Pleasant Valley, the Barkhamsted Historical Society presents CT State Historian and Associate Professor of History at UCONN, Walt Woodard speaking on “The Burning Question about Nathan Hale”. There are some unanswered questions remaining about Nathan Hales’ death and his involvement in some incidences just prior to his hanging. Walt will explore these as well as the possible “Barkhamsted Connection” found in Consider Tiffany’s journal. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
Questions call: Noreen Watson 860 738-1152
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
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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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