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Historical Societies/Historic Sites/Heritage Organizations
Properties and buildings with historical significance are integral to our region's heritage and culture. Historic sites help define and distinguish our region and build a strong sense of identity. In Southeastern Connecticut, their stories that will take you from the agricultural beginnings of Colonial Connecticut through the development of communities, the American Revolution, the Civil War, and the transformative effects of industrialization.
Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH)Website
The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) is the oldest Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization in America. The mission is to enhance awareness of Irish history and culture, while supporting charitable local organizations. The John P Holland division was named after “The Father of the Modern Submarine”.
Avery Memorial AssociationWebsite
The Avery Memorial Association is a family genealogical organization which cares for the Memorial site of the Avery Hive, the first burial ground in Groton, and the Ebenezer Avery House, a makeshift hospital after the 1781 Battle at Fort Griswold.
Built c. 1800, the Avery-Copp House Museum is a time capsule of domestic life as experienced over the past 200 years. Our purpose is to engage the public in learning about the history of Groton and the surrounding community.
Brookside Farm MuseumWebsite
Open: June- August, Friday-Sunday, 12 pm - 4 pm, or by appointment. Closed July 4th Weekend. On the National Historic Register as the Thomas Avery House, this Greek Revival farmhouse features mid-19th century life onward through the story of the Avery, Smith & Harris families. (Formerly known as the Smith-Harris House)
Colchester Historical SocietyWebsite
Founded in 1963, the Colchester Historical Society's mission is to enlighten the community to the rich history of Colchester. The Society does this through exhibits at the Colchester History Museum as well as programs and events throughout the year.
Connecticut League of History OrganizationsWebsite
For over 50 years, CLHO has strengthened and sustained members by sharing knowledge and experience, and promoting best practices among museums, historical societies and all who steward Connecticut's heritage collections.
Denison Homestead MuseumWebsite
Home to generations of Denisons, this historic manor house built in 1717, was restored and converted into a museum that features five distinctly furnished rooms that reflect different periods of American history.
East Lyme Historical SocietyWebsite
Founded in 1897 this Society has owned and cared for the Thomas Lee House since 1914. It is the oldest wood frame house in Connecticut still in its primitive state. The Society sponsors programs for all ages throughout the year.
Essex Steam Train & RiverboatWebsite
The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat is a unique historic attraction in the Connecticut River Valley. Taking people on exciting excursions through the Connecticut River Valley, the steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches through New England towns and the riverboat takes visitors past historic landmarks.
Friends of Samuel Smith House and Property, Inc.Website
To sponsor, promote, encourage and ensure the preservation of the Samuel Smith Farmstead (i.e. the Samuel Smith House and Property) as interpretation of 17th and 18th Century farm life, the history of the property and those families that lived there.
This landmark property tells the stories of three great populations whose paths collided in early New London: the Native Americans, the Europeans who arrived in the 1600s, and the enslaved Africans who were brought here about the same time.
Indian & Colonial Research CenterWebsite
Museum and local history research center. Exhibits and materials specializing in local history, genealogy, and native Americans.
Lebanon Historical Society MuseumWebsite
A modern museum with rotating exhibits, genealogy research library and public programs. Children-friendly exhibit about Lebanon in the American Revolution. Beaumont House and Pastor’s Library are located on our campus are opened seasonally for guided tours on most Saturdays.
Ledyard Historical SocietyWebsite
The Ledyard Historical Society seeks to preserve and protect the history of Ledyard and Gales Ferry, Connecticut, to educate and promote pride in our town's cultural heritage. The Society meets regularly during the year and offers many programs on historical interest.
Leffingwell House MuseumWebsite
The Leffingwell House Museum, circa 1675, shows a two room home changing into a pre-revolutionary tavern, ending as a gentleman's residence by 1776. Interpreters evoke the independent spirit and lifestyle of early America using displays of original artifacts from 1645 to the Civil War.
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