Ellington Historical Society

Ellington Historical Society The Ellington Historical Society is a non-profit 501c3 with the goal of preserving the history of the town of Ellington, CT. The Ellington Historical Society provides educational programs, and a collection of artifacts of Ellington, among other things.
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The museum is open from May to September each Thursday from 1-4 pm. Come check out the interesting artifacts that have been collected over the years! Museum visits can also be made by appointment. Ellington Historical Society 2013-2014 Board Members: President, Tim Fahy Vice-President, Hilary Brady Treasurer, Mary Temple Recording Secretary, Santina Fiore. The Executive Board includes current officers as well as members-at-large Dave Lehmann, Karyn Kloter, Dave Danforth, Curator Nancy Long, and Archivist Lynn Kloter Fahy. Email Contacts: [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] [email protected]

Flashback Friday! This photo is of Marjorie Sikes from the early 1900’s. Can you tell? This is the intersection of Jobs ...
04/24/2020

Flashback Friday! This photo is of Marjorie Sikes from the early 1900’s.

Can you tell? This is the intersection of Jobs Hill Rd. and Rt. 140.

The house in the background is now owned by Oakridge Dairy and can still be seen today.

Who has old photos like this at home?! Share below!

#TBT - Back when the Nellie McKnight house had white paint! Who remembers this from 1992?Photo cred 📸 Matt Anderson. Tha...
04/23/2020

#TBT - Back when the Nellie McKnight house had white paint! Who remembers this from 1992?

Photo cred 📸 Matt Anderson. Thanks for sharing!

It is Earth Day... and Mother Nature is showing off!Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and we may not be abl...
04/22/2020

It is Earth Day... and Mother Nature is showing off!

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and we may not be able to have large events as planned around town, but we can still do our part to keep the planet healthy.

How are you being kind to the environment? 🌎

Photo courtesy of Stu Lanz

It’s all about the details...Have you ever stopped to notice this iron fence surrounds a small cemetery outside of the H...
04/21/2020

It’s all about the details...

Have you ever stopped to notice this iron fence surrounds a small cemetery outside of the Hall Memorial Library?

What other little parts of the picture stand out to you?

Photo courtesy of Stu Lanz

NEW! We posted the histories of six Ellington farms on our new website. If you are interested in contributing to our far...
04/20/2020
Ellington Farm Histories — Ellington Historical Society

NEW! We posted the histories of six Ellington farms on our new website.

If you are interested in contributing to our farm histories, we would love to hear from you!

Send an email to [email protected]

Enjoy a glimpse of Ellington’s rich agricultural history and the families involved in these histories of Ellington farms. Click the photos to read. Would you like to contribute to this collection? We would LOVE to have you contribute a farm history. Send an email to [email protected]...

Signs of spring! Look at this beautiful shot of the Ellington Congregational Church, framed with a budding tree.Lynn KL ...
04/20/2020

Signs of spring! Look at this beautiful shot of the Ellington Congregational Church, framed with a budding tree.

Lynn KL was kind enough to send this pic to us (thanks, Lynn!) so we wanted to share it with you!

Send your own pictures from around town, and use #EllingtonHistoricalSociety — we may feature YOUR photos!

Photo cred 📸 Lynn.

AS SEEN AROUND TOWN:April distance brings May existence...Wait, that’s not how that saying goes!Flowers are starting to ...
04/15/2020

AS SEEN AROUND TOWN:

April distance brings May existence...Wait, that’s not how that saying goes!

Flowers are starting to pop up all over the place, like these gorgeous signs of spring, forsythia!

Anyone already doing some gardening?

The sun is out! It’s a nice day for a stroll around town.We know things are different...difficult...and changing constan...
04/14/2020

The sun is out! It’s a nice day for a stroll around town.

We know things are different...difficult...and changing constantly, but this view stays the same.

Share your favorite view in town! Leave a picture in the comments, or use #EllingtonHistoricalSociety on Facebook or Instagram!

A little walk down memory lane...and Maple St.Fun Fact: This is the oldest home in town!
04/13/2020

A little walk down memory lane...and Maple St.

Fun Fact: This is the oldest home in town!

04/12/2020
NEW BEGINNINGS! We have a new website and a new blog! It’s a little under construction, but for now, give this a read!
04/10/2020
A New Beginning — Ellington Historical Society

NEW BEGINNINGS! We have a new website and a new blog!

It’s a little under construction, but for now, give this a read!

What seems like only yesterday, I’m searching my desk for my library book, quickly zipping my wool coat, and getting ready for a hike from Center School, all the way down to the Hall Memorial Library. One line for boys...one for girls. For me, it was not only an opportunity to sit upon the grand-s...

Post cards from Ellington 💌Who thinks writing things down is one of the best ways to preserve history?
04/06/2020

Post cards from Ellington 💌

Who thinks writing things down is one of the best ways to preserve history?

Friendly reminder! Today is Friday, April 3, 2020.If you’re like us, you may be losing track of time.While you’re home (...
04/03/2020

Friendly reminder! Today is Friday, April 3, 2020.

If you’re like us, you may be losing track of time.

While you’re home (staying safe!) have you found any old pics of town? We’ve been getting some messages including treasures, like this photo!

If you’re doing a little spring cleaning, what treasures are you finding?

#TBT - mowing the grounds at the cemetery.Does anyone know who this man is? We don’t! Let us know if you have any clues!
04/02/2020

#TBT - mowing the grounds at the cemetery.

Does anyone know who this man is? We don’t!

Let us know if you have any clues!

How are you all spending your time as we continue to #StayHomeStaySafe? Lots of us are enjoying the outdoors when Mother...
04/01/2020

How are you all spending your time as we continue to #StayHomeStaySafe?

Lots of us are enjoying the outdoors when Mother Nature cooperates!

Look at the loon flying over Moser’s Pond on Lower Butcher Rd.

Share your photos from around town, and comment with your favorite places to practice social distancing outside!

📸 credit: Stu Lanz

Past to Present.Do you recognize this Ellington house? Fun fact! It was once owned by a Revolutionary War soldier.
04/01/2020

Past to Present.

Do you recognize this Ellington house?

Fun fact! It was once owned by a Revolutionary War soldier.

Now & Later!Did you know this historic home on Main St. used to be a school?What else would you like to learn about thes...
03/31/2020

Now & Later!

Did you know this historic home on Main St. used to be a school?

What else would you like to learn about these houses?

Then ➡️ Now.We’ll be featuring some historic homes in town. Do you have any pictures, past or present? We’d love to shar...
03/30/2020

Then ➡️ Now.

We’ll be featuring some historic homes in town.

Do you have any pictures, past or present? We’d love to share!

Stay updated on town news:
03/29/2020

Stay updated on town news:

The first positive case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Ellington. For more information, please click the link to view the press release.

We have not been given any personal information about the individual. We will share appropriate information as it is received, and recommend contacting the North Central District Health Department with any questions: http://www.ncdhd.org/contact-us

https://www.ellington-ct.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3267/COVID-19-FIrst-Case-Press-Release-3292020

#TBT - This beautiful winter wonderland!Quick poll: Leave a “👍🏼” if you miss winter. Leave a “❤️” if you are looking for...
03/26/2020

#TBT - This beautiful winter wonderland!

Quick poll: Leave a “👍🏼” if you miss winter. Leave a “❤️” if you are looking forward to warmer weather!

This pic is overlooking Ellington Agway from Moser Dr.

📸 photo credit: Stu Lanz

Our new Farm Exhibit is coming along...Stay tuned for when we will officially be open! What else would you like to see y...
03/24/2020

Our new Farm Exhibit is coming along...

Stay tuned for when we will officially be open!

What else would you like to see your Ellington Historical Society work on?

03/21/2020
The Community Voice Channel in Bolton conducted an extensive interview at the Nellie McKnight Museum in October 2015.  T...
03/21/2020

The Community Voice Channel in Bolton conducted an extensive interview at the Nellie McKnight Museum in October 2015.

To watch the film on demand, go to https://www.cvcct.org/on-demand and type “Ellington Historical Society” in the search box.

It will tell you everything you want to know about the museum...and then some!

We’re going to get through this together....With so much going on in the world lately, we want to brighten your news fee...
03/20/2020

We’re going to get through this together....With so much going on in the world lately, we want to brighten your news feed a little!

Here’s a #FBF - This past winter, where this beauty looked like she was on a Ellington postcard.

Share your animal pictures with us in the comments. We could all use a little pick-me-up!

Happy first day of Spring! Look at this gorgeous shot of Ellington! Warmer weather on the horizon brings more opportunit...
03/19/2020

Happy first day of Spring! Look at this gorgeous shot of Ellington!

Warmer weather on the horizon brings more opportunities to get involved with the Historical Society!

Event details for our new farm exhibit to come...but in the meantime, share some pictures of spring in town.

Leave them below in the comments or message us!

This is a stressful time for so many of us. We hope you all are staying safe, and following the recommendations to slow ...
03/18/2020

This is a stressful time for so many of us.

We hope you all are staying safe, and following the recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19.

What are you all doing to keep busy?

Also - here’s a historical perspective on the last major pandemic: the Spanish Flu (1918).

READ: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic-resources/1918-pandemic-h1n1.html

📸 photo courtesy the CDC

#TBT! Did you know...?The early 1900's found a vibrant and growing Jewish farming community in Ellington!Read all about ...
03/12/2020

#TBT! Did you know...?

The early 1900's found a vibrant and growing Jewish farming community in Ellington!

Read all about the history of Cohen farm that still operates today. http://bit.ly/39xXZDR

One step closer to unveiling our new Farm Exhibit! 🌾 Some members of the Ellington Historical Society spent their Saturd...
03/08/2020

One step closer to unveiling our new Farm Exhibit! 🌾

Some members of the Ellington Historical Society spent their Saturday cleaning up the contents of Nellie McKnight’s old barn.

SHOUTOUTS! Thanks to Pat, Jason, Don, Didi, Lori, Kathy, Ron, Kay, Mike, Hannah, Tom, Dianne, and Mark for all the help!

And...stay tuned! We’ll be announcing when YOU can visit the new exhibit! (Hint: it’s sooner than you might think!)

Reminder to set those clocks ⏰ forward tonight before you go to sleep! Even though we lose the hour of sleep, we are loo...
03/07/2020

Reminder to set those clocks ⏰ forward tonight before you go to sleep! Even though we lose the hour of sleep, we are looking forward to more sunrises and sunsets (like this!)

And did you know...daylight saving time, or fast time as it used to be called, was introduced in the U.S. back in 1918 and fully adopted in 1966. The main purpose was for energy savings.

Many people believe it had to do with farming...and we are inching closer to unveiling our new farm exhibit!

Stay tuned...

03/07/2020
REMINDER! We need YOUR help!Set your alarms and come out to the Nellie McKnight Museum tomorrow at 10 a.m.We will be cle...
03/07/2020

REMINDER! We need YOUR help!

Set your alarms and come out to the Nellie McKnight Museum tomorrow at 10 a.m.

We will be cleaning up the shed in the back in order to get the new Farm Exhibit up and running!

We hope to see you there!

MORE DETAILS ⬇️
We will be emptying and cleaning the contents of the building into another shed (that @kloter_farms has so graciously donated for our use.) If you are able to help, please bring waterproof gloves, any brushes that could be used for cleaning, and wear boots.

Greetings from Ellington, Connecticut!Here’s a #TBT for you...This is a fold-up postcard with the map of Ellington on th...
03/05/2020

Greetings from Ellington, Connecticut!

Here’s a #TBT for you...

This is a fold-up postcard with the map of Ellington on the inside. The map was drawn by Helen Hyde in 1973.

Who has one of these lying around? Notice any major changes to town from then ➡️ now?

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! We're building a farm exhibit...Can you help? Come to the Nellie McKnight Museum next Saturday, Mar...
02/29/2020

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

We're building a farm exhibit...Can you help?

Come to the Nellie McKnight Museum next Saturday, March 7th. We'll be there starting at 10 a.m.

Many hands make light work!

#TBT! Any guesses when this photo of the Ellington Congregational Church was taken?Who has old pics of town? Share them ...
02/27/2020

#TBT! Any guesses when this photo of the Ellington Congregational Church was taken?

Who has old pics of town? Share them with us, and we’ll feature them right here on Facebook!

Future historians!A big shout out to these EHS art students who toured town recently, and had to include a stop at the N...
02/26/2020

Future historians!

A big shout out to these EHS art students who toured town recently, and had to include a stop at the Nellie McKnight Museum!

It looks like they had a wonderful time, and so can you! Check for open hours and information: http://www.ellingtonhistsoc.org/

BRAND NEW! We are on Instagram! Be sure to follow our new page @ Ellingtonhistoricalsociety.And you can tag us in YOUR p...
02/26/2020

BRAND NEW! We are on Instagram!

Be sure to follow our new page @ Ellingtonhistoricalsociety.

And you can tag us in YOUR photos using #ellingtonhistoricalsociety. You might see them reposted!

The Ellington Historical Society elected a new Board of Directors at the January meeting. Many thanks go to the members ...
02/24/2020

The Ellington Historical Society elected a new Board of Directors at the January meeting.

Many thanks go to the members of the previous board whose dedication over many years maintained the Nellie McKnight museum, a gem of our community.

Board Members are: Mark Maciolek- President, Dianne Trueb-Vice President, Marie Bedor-Treasurer, Wanda Deland-Secretary, Members at large: Adam Rhan, Caitlin Francis, Laura Maytea, Jon Moser, Angie Moser, Jeff Gerber, Kathy Hemingway and Karyn Kloter. Stay tuned....Great plans to come!

How can we get you to join us? Comment below with ideas! ⬇️

01/05/2020

The Ellington Historical Society will meet on Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 pm at the Hall Memorial Library (93 Main Street). Friendly's historian, Rose Slate, will talk about the founders of Friendly's restaurants, including S. Prestley Blake.

This program is free. Pre-registration is required for guests, but not for members of the Ellington Historical Society. To register, call the Hall Memorial Library at 860-870-3160 or go online at
http://library.ellington-ct.gov

Following the program, there will be a business meeting in which a new slate of officers for the Executive Board of the Society will be proposed and voted on. Members, please plan on staying for this meeting.

11/19/2019

This year, the Nellie McKnight museum will be open for tours from 3-6 during Winterfest. Be sure to stop by and witness a handweaving demonstration on Nellie’s own loom. Hope to see you there!

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 at the Hall Memorial Library.  After a short business meeti...
09/09/2019
Ellington Library, CT | Official Website

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 at the Hall Memorial Library.

After a short business meeting, Cynthia Parzych, the author of Connecticut Made, will talk about her book. It is a guidebook full of factories to explore, crafts to discover, and things to find and buy from all over our state. She lives in Glastonbury in The Old Parsonage, built in 1693, where she runs her business using the produce grown on her property and sourced locally to make sauces, soups, pickles and jams, all sold under The Old Parsonage label.
This program is free. Pre-registration is required for guests, but not for members of the Ellington Historical Society. To register, call the Hall Memorial Library at
860-870-3160 or go online at
http://library.ellington-ct.gov

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On June 8th, the Ellington Historical society will be participating in CT Open House Day.  The museum will be open from ...
05/30/2019

On June 8th, the Ellington Historical society will be participating in CT Open House Day. The museum will be open from 10-2. There will be hand-weaving and “laundry in the past” experiences for young and old. Please join us for what is sure to be a great day!

04/21/2019

Upcoming events:

We have our spring meeting this week on Thursday April 25th at 7:00 at the Hall Memorial Library. Author Charles Monagan will give a talk on his latest book, Connecticut Icons. Using photos, anecdotes, and little known facts, Charles’ presentation is sure to be interesting! There will even be a quiz afterwards and copies of the book will be for sale.

This Saturday, April 27th, the Nellie McKnight museum will be open from 10-2 pm for tours as part of the Town of Ellington’s Earth Day celebration. Please stop by and explore the history of Ellington!

02/08/2019

Hello everyone! If you are looking for something to do on a winter night, then this program is for you!
The Ellington Historical Society will meet on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hall Memorial Library at 93 Main Street. The program presented by the Connecticut Historical Society will be about Katherine Hepburn’s journey from Hartford to Hollywood. Here are some details:

“With a stage and film career that spanned six decades, Katharine Hepburn is an American icon. Born and raised in Connecticut, Hepburn had a career in stage, film and television that reflected the changing role of women in American society. Challenging the norms of the day, she took control of her image and identity by establishing a unique sense of style, which influenced countless women, fashion designers, and the informal, elegant approach to American style that continues to resonate today. The story of her life-long ties to Connecticut offers a complete picture of how Hepburn became the woman and the star she was. This presentation will link her career and legacy to her roots in Connecticut to ask how she achieved her truly extraordinary legacy.” … From the website of the Connecticut Historical Society, which will present the program.

We hope to see you there!

01/11/2019

Calling all classic television fans! On Thursday, January 24th, after our business meeting, “The Golden Age of Television Comedy” will be presented by Society member Joe Ouellette. Do you remember Carol Burnett, Tim Conway, Harvey Korman, Jonathan Winters, Foster Brooks, Abbott and Costello, Phyllis Diller, Don Rickles, Lucille Ball and John Belushi? Then, this presentation is for you!

Please join us at 7 pm at the Hall Memorial Library at 93 Main St. in Ellington.

Address

70 Main Street, PO Box 73
Ellington, CT
06029

General information

The Ellington Historical Society holds its meetings at 7 P.M. in the upstairs meeting room at Hall Memorial Library at 93 Main Street Ellington CT. Meeting dates are advertised in the Journal Inquirer. Refreshments follow the presentation. Old and new members and guests are welcome!

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I just joined the Ellington Historical Society. Thank you Mark Maciolek and your team for the newsletter and all the work you are doing.
Mary Sexton (nee Bartlett) and Dea Charles Sexton
Mary Sexton (nee Bartlett) and Dea Charles Sexton.
Who remembers what this triangle window was? What did you use it for?
1992. Twenty-Five years ago. My 5th Great-grandfather was Charles Sexton and our lineage went through his daughter, Mary Bartlett Sexton md. Amos Lively. I have more pictures if you are interested in seeing them but I don't want to intrude on your FB Page.
Lynn Kloter Fahy Do you have any old farm photos of the Liebman Farm on Pinney that burned in 1940. I would like to know if there are any before it burned...I have the article you gave me on the fire. Also, are there any other farm photos? Thanks :)