Barkhamsted Historical Society

Barkhamsted Historical Society The Barkhamsted Historical Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization working to preserve and share the history and culture of the Connecticut town of Barkhamsted. Our Society was founded in 1968.
Our Society was founded in 1968. Officers and board members serve for a 12 month period starting in September. Officers and board members for the 2010 to 2011 term are: President- Paul Hart Vice President- Richard English Secretary- Harriet Winchenbaugh Treasurer- George Terwilliger Board members- Ted Bachman Linne Landgraf Mike Day Charlie Lynes Sharon Neumann-Lynes Bill Day Steve Ritchie Doug Roberts Noreen Watson

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.

Mission: The goal of the Society is to preserve and disseminate the history and culture of the Town of Barkhamsted for current and future residents of the Town and for those who have an interest in Barkhamsted history. Objectives of the Society include: 1) To locate, procure and preserve documents, maps, pictures, relics, articles, craft skills and methods pertaining to the history and to the citizens of Barkhamsted. 2) To maintain and display for the public benefit and education a collection of historic items which have been and may be acquired by the Society through gift or purchase. 3) To identify, mark and seek to preserve such buildings, locations, and objects as are of historical interest within the area, and generally to work to preserve the natural and historic beauty of Barkhamsted from defilement and pollution. 4) To record and preserve those facts and traditions which now repose in the minds of our citizens. 5) To record current history for the benefit of future generations of Barkhamsted. 6) To gather, edit, publish and circulate information relating to the aforesaid objectives of this Society. 7) To arrange for the suitable observance of National, State and Town anniversaries, most particularly that of the incorporation of the Town of Barkhamsted, September tenth.

Barkhamsted Historical Society's Annual "Tavern Night"Come join us for food, fun and dancing!!Saturday, November 2, 2019...
10/26/2019

Barkhamsted Historical Society's Annual "Tavern Night"

Come join us for food, fun and dancing!!

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7PM, Squires’ Tavern will be all lit up and filled with music!

Come meet your friends and enjoy good old fashioned food, drinks, games and music featuring Ed Kostak on his dulcimer during dinner, followed by “Hearts Ease” playing for contra dancing in the ballroom at 8pm.

Tickets are $15 per person with kids under 12 FREE and are LIMITED to 50 so buy early. Tickets can be purchased at the Tavern during our regular hours (Wed 9-12 and Sun 1-4). Period dress is encouraged.

This is always an enjoyable event so don’t miss out.

Questions call : Noreen Watson 860-738-1152.

BARKHAMSTED’S ONE  ROOM  SCHOOLHOUSE WILL BE OPEN THIS COMING SUNDAY !(Last time for this year!)The Barkhamsted Histor...
09/28/2019

BARKHAMSTED’S ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE WILL BE OPEN THIS COMING SUNDAY !

(Last time for this year!)

The Barkhamsted Historical Society’s one room schoolhouse, the old Center School on Center Hill Road (Rt. 181) just north of the intersection with Beach Rock Road in Barkhamsted, will be open to the public this coming Sunday, September 29th, from 1-4 p.m. Come and find out what school was like in “the old days.” Ask questions; read the old books; review a high school entrance exam; try your hand at various toys and games, or do some arithmetic problems on a slate. All free of charge !

Children are especially welcome.

Historical Society Annual Pig RoastBARKHAMSTED HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL PIG ROAST  - AUGUST 24THJoin us for our Annual ...
08/22/2019

Historical Society Annual Pig Roast

BARKHAMSTED HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL PIG ROAST - AUGUST 24TH
Join us for our Annual Pig Roast at Squire’s Tavern ,100 East River Rd, Barkhamsted, on August 24th from 4-6pm. Tickets will be $25 per person with kids under 12 FREE and must be purchased ahead during the Tavern’s open hours: Wednesdays from 9-12pm and Sundays from 1-4pm. They will also be sold at the Winsted Diner ,496 Main St., Winsted and at the door. Enjoy pulled pork with all your favorite sides and ice cream also made by the Winsted Diner for dessert! Lemonade or water or BYOB .
Bring a friend or the whole family and help support the Historical Society while enjoying the company. Returning this year, music by the Travelin’ Trout Band!!! Tickets are limited so get yours NOW!! Questions call: Noreen

Historical Society Annual Pig Roast
BARKHAMSTED HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL PIG ROAST - AUGUST 24TH

Join us for our Annual Pig Roast at Squire’s Tavern ,100 East River Rd, Barkhamsted, on August 24th from 4-6pm. Tickets will be $25 per person with kids under 12 FREE and must be purchased ahead during the Tavern’s open hours: Wednesdays from 9-12pm and Sundays from 1-4pm. They will also be sold at the Winsted Diner ,496 Main St., Winsted and at the door. Enjoy pulled pork with all your favorite sides and ice cream also made by the Winsted Diner for dessert! Lemonade or water or BYOB .

Bring a friend or the whole family and help support the Historical Society while enjoying the company. Returning this year, music by the Travelin’ Trout Band!!! Tickets are limited so get yours NOW!! Questions call: Noreen 860 738 1152.

08/22/2019

Barkhamsted Historical Society’s one room schoolhouse will be open this Sunday, August 25th from 1-4 pm. The Schoolhouse is located on Center Hill Rd., Route 181, Barkhamsted. Barkhamsted’s one room schoolhouse is one of the best in the State! Lots to see and do. Come and visit!

BARKHAMSTED HISTORICAL SOCIETY               ANNUAL TAG SALECome to our Tag Sale on Friday, July 26th & Saturday, July 2...
07/25/2019

BARKHAMSTED HISTORICAL SOCIETY
ANNUAL TAG SALE

Come to our Tag Sale on Friday, July 26th & Saturday, July 27th, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Town Garage. Lots of special items and good deals.

And, if you have the time, we are looking for setup and day of help and welcome any donations.

Set up is July 25th at 9 a.m. until done. Meet at Merrill Tavern. Please bring a truck if you have one.

Clean up Town Garage, July 27th at 2 p.m.

If you can help (any amount of time) in any way, please let Paul Hart know @ 860-379-1861.

BARKHAMSTED’S ONE  ROOM  SCHOOLHOUSE WILL BE OPEN THIS COMING SUNDAY - JULY 28The Barkhamsted Historical Society’s o...
07/25/2019

BARKHAMSTED’S ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE WILL BE OPEN THIS COMING SUNDAY - JULY 28

The Barkhamsted Historical Society’s one room schoolhouse, the old Center School on Center Hill Road (Rt. 181) just north of the intersection with Beach Rock Road in Barkhamsted, will be open to the public this coming Sunday, July 28th, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.

Come and find out what school was like in “the old days.” Ask questions; read the old books; review a high school entrance exam; try your hand at various toys and games, or do some arithmetic problems on a slate. All free of charge

Children are especially welcome.

Barkhamsted Historical Society’s “Walk Through Time”On July 20th  meet at Squire’s Tavern,100 East River Rd., at...
07/09/2019

Barkhamsted Historical Society’s “Walk Through Time”

On July 20th meet at Squire’s Tavern,100 East River Rd., at 2 p.m., and join Paul Hart for a short hike where he will explain how the scenery has changed over time. There will be about a dozen stops along the trail where Paul will describe the way the area would have looked in the 1800s.

Stops include: Squire’s Tavern, the Peoples State Forest Nature Museum, the remains of a charcoal hearth, the site of the tree nursery and many more. \

Wear comfortable shoes for the walk and dress appropriately.

This is a very popular event so be sure not to miss it! It is only done once a year.

The hike is about 1 mile long and should last about an hour and a half. Some of the terrain is on uneven ground.

Questions call: Noreen 860-738-1152.

The Barkhamsted Historical Society’s one room schoolhouse, the old Center School on Center Hill Road (Rt. 181) just no...
06/25/2019

The Barkhamsted Historical Society’s one room schoolhouse, the old Center School on Center Hill Road (Rt. 181) just north of the intersection with Beach Rock Road Barkhamsted, will be open to the public this coming Sunday, June 30th, from 1-4 p.m.

Come find out what school was like in “the old days.”

Ask questions, read the old books, review a high school entrance exam, try your hand at various toys and games or do some arithmetic problems on a slate.

All FREE of charge !

Don't miss this!
06/19/2019

Don't miss this!

The first talk of our Friday Nights at the Pavilion kicks off this Friday, June 21st, at 6:30 p.m. at the Matthies Grove Pavilion in Peoples State Forest.

Noted local historian, Dr. Anne C. Hall will discuss the history of the Farmington River.

Hope to see you there!

OUTHOUSES AND ICE CREAM?????Saturday June 8th  is Ct OPEN HOUSE DAY and from 1-4pm Squire’s Tavern,100 East River Rd, ...
06/03/2019

OUTHOUSES AND ICE CREAM?????

Saturday June 8th is Ct OPEN HOUSE DAY and from 1-4pm Squire’s Tavern,100 East River Rd, Barkhamsted,CT, will be open for tours.

We will be hosting a talk by Georg Papp, Sr. at 1:30 pm, who by his own admission is” THE AUTHORITY” on Outhouses, Backhouses and Privies and has written a book of the same name on the history, restoration and building of them all.

His talk promises to be funny as well as educational and will be followed by the sale of his books AND AN ICE CREAM SOCIAL on the Tavern grounds.

Come join us! Co-sponsored by the Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests (FALPS).

Free admission. Questions call: Noreen 860 738 1152

Marty Podscoch's New CT 169 Club 11:Your Passport and Guide To Exploring CT.”Friday June 7th at the Barkhamsted  Senio...
06/03/2019

Marty Podscoch's New CT 169 Club 11:
Your Passport and Guide To Exploring CT.”
Friday June 7th at the Barkhamsted Senior Center, 109 West River Rd., Barkhamsted CT @ 7 p.m. author and historian, Marty Podscoch will present his latest book “New CT 169 Club 11:
Your Passport and Guide To Exploring CT.”

Marty has been recognized for his extensive work documenting the history of the Catskills, Adirondack fire Towers and the Civilian Conservation Corps Camps.

In this newest book he challenges us to visit every municipality in the state from Andover to Woodstock.

Come hear how this “passport” works and the reward at the end of your trip!

We have had Marty here before speaking on the CCC camps and he is a very interesting speaker!

After the program the new book will be available for purchase for $24.95.

People who visit all 169 towns will receive the “Leatherman award” patch at a luncheon or dinner to be held at a different town each year. The patch is in memory of the vagabond traveler who lived in caves and traveled a route regularly (approx. 34 days) from the Connecticut river to the Hudson River during the late 1800’s receiving handouts at back doors along the way.

Free admission. Questions call: Noreen 860 738 1152

A few more photos of Old Barkhamsted Days, taken by Susan Hanson. Thanks,  Susan!
05/20/2019

A few more photos of Old Barkhamsted Days, taken by Susan Hanson. Thanks, Susan!

OLD BARKHAMSTED DAY 2019!Once Again we return to “the good ole days” on Saturday, May 18th from 12-4 p.m. on the gro...
05/12/2019

OLD BARKHAMSTED DAY 2019!

Once Again we return to “the good ole days” on Saturday, May 18th from 12-4 p.m. on the grounds of Squire’s Tavern, East River Road, Barkhamsted, CT.

Come see: a blacksmith, portable old school room, corn husk doll making, farmer’s cheese demo, try old woodworking tools, watch a chair get a new rush seat, see a sheep get shorn and visit with the Lebanon Olde Towne Militia.

Lunch will also be available to purchase.

Make an afternoon of it and learn about some crafts that were part of every day life in the 1800s.

Native American History IS American HistoryCome join the Historical Society and the Friends of American Legion and Peopl...
05/07/2019

Native American History IS American History

Come join the Historical Society and the Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests on Friday, May 10th at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center as they host Dr. Lucianne Lavin, for a talk on "Native American History IS American History."

Dr. Lavin is the Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indians Studies Museum and Research Center in Washington, CT and the author of the award-winning book, "Connecticut's Indigenous Peoples: What Archaeology, History and Oral Traditions Teach Us About Their Communities and Cultures."

Dr. Lavin is an anthropologist and archaeologist with over 40 years of research and field experience in Northwestern archaeology and anthropology.

Come prepared to learn fascinating things from and be entertained and enlightened by this remarkable woman.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Questions call: Noreen at 860-738-1152.

Many thanks!
04/28/2019

Many thanks!

Much thanks to the Barkhamsted Historical Society for loaning us their tent and raising it Saturday and to Matt Kelly for his tent as well.

These tents will help everyone keep dry at today's 6th Annual Barkhamsted Earth Day Nature Festival.

What wonderful folks we have in our town!

“ NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY IS AMERICAN HISTORY”Friday May 10th at the Barkhamsted Senior Center at 7 p.m. come hear D...
04/24/2019

“ NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY IS AMERICAN HISTORY”
Friday May 10th at the Barkhamsted Senior Center at 7 p.m. come hear Dr. Lucianne Lavin of the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington Ct speaking on Native American History.

Dr.Lavin is the director of Research and Collections at the Institute and has published many articles and the award winning book, ”Ct’s Indigenous Peoples: What Archaeology, History and Oral Traditions Teach Us About Their Communities and Cultures”.

She is an anthropologist ,and archaeologist with over 40 years of research and field experience in Northwestern archaeology and anthropology.

Come prepared to be educated , entertained and enlightened as you listen to what she has to tell us. Program co-sponsored by Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests (FALPS).

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Questions call : Noreen at 860 738 1152.

Want to learn about Jane Austen's sense of style regarding her characters?Come see Kandie Carle's "Fashion in Fiction--J...
03/30/2019

Want to learn about Jane Austen's sense of style regarding her characters?

Come see Kandie Carle's "Fashion in Fiction--Jane Austen Regency."
Friday, April 12th at the Barkhamsted Senior Center at 7 p.m.

$5 fee to cover costs. Refreshments will be served.

Kandie Carle will entertain us with her educational and entertaining presentation with a “show and tell” of the clothing that was in style at the time of Jane Austen’s novels.

Ms. Carle will share excerpts from some of Jane Austen’s novels, as well as her personal letters, while demonstrating the proper dress for ladies and gentlemen of the early 1800’s.

Maybe you would like to re-read one of Austen’s novels and/or dig out something fitting to wear to the program that night!

There will be a $5 fee for this program to help cover our expenses for the performance.

Questions call: Noreen Watson 860-738-1152.

Join us on March 8th at 7 p.m. at the Barkhamsted Senior Center for a slide show program on the restoration of Squire’...
03/04/2019

Join us on March 8th at 7 p.m. at the Barkhamsted Senior Center for a slide show program on the restoration of Squire’s Tavern.

See how we went about preserving the building via grants,expert advisors and volunteer sweat equity! Also learn about our next big undertaking--stabilizing and preserving Merrill Tavern which is located in the Historic District near the Congregational Church and Center Schoolhouse. The MDC no longer wants to maintain the Merrill Tavern and has offered it to us to stabilize and eventually we would be able to have programs tying the 3 buildings together.

Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Questions call: 860-738-1152.

The Barkhamsted Historical Society has this 8 ft long wooden toboggan which could be yours for a $50 donation. to BHS. P...
02/01/2019

The Barkhamsted Historical Society has this 8 ft long wooden toboggan which could be yours for a $50 donation. to BHS. Perfect for fresh snow!

01/20/2019

Stephen Bastryzcki, the Farmington River Steward, was out and about today with a Squire's Tavern ornament!

Come join the Barkhamsted Historical Society for its Christmas Open House this Sunday, Dec. 9th, from 1-4 p.m. with old-...
12/06/2018

Come join the Barkhamsted Historical Society for its Christmas Open House this Sunday, Dec. 9th, from 1-4 p.m. with old-time decorations, refreshments and music by thec"Greenwoods Consort" from 2-3. Visit Christmas in Riverton, then stop by Squires Tavern.

Town of Barkhamsted
10/31/2018

Town of Barkhamsted

Happy and safe Halloween!

Pictured is a Halloween display in Riverton, Connecticut, 1911. Decorations have changed quite a bit!

What fun was had by all at Tavern Night! We welcomed two visitors from Cheshire, David and Barbara Budd, who were just d...
10/16/2018

What fun was had by all at Tavern Night! We welcomed two visitors from Cheshire, David and Barbara Budd, who were just driving by and were given the "Come on in" sign by BHS Board member Cathy Cannole. They came, ate, conversed and danced. We were delighted to have them and a bustling crowd of nearly 40.

A great night with delicious homemade colonial foods and music.

Don't forget Tavern Night this Saturday. Tickets are limited so get your soon!
10/10/2018

Don't forget Tavern Night this Saturday. Tickets are limited so get your soon!

Don't forget to visit Barkhamsted Historical Society's One-Room Schoolhouse this Sunday, Sept. 30th from 1-4 p.m. Follow...
09/28/2018

Don't forget to visit Barkhamsted Historical Society's One-Room Schoolhouse this Sunday, Sept. 30th from 1-4 p.m. Follow 181 (Center Hill Road) North out of Pleasant Valley. The schoolhouse will be on your right just after the Barkhamsted Cemetery.

A walk through time with the Historical Society.
09/16/2018

A walk through time with the Historical Society.

You don't want to miss this!
08/31/2018

You don't want to miss this!

08/24/2018
BARKHAMSTED HISTORICAL SOCIETY                     ANNUAL PIG ROAST  AUGUST 25THJoin us for our Annual Pig Roast at Squi...
08/21/2018

BARKHAMSTED HISTORICAL SOCIETY

ANNUAL PIG ROAST AUGUST 25TH

Join us for our Annual Pig Roast at Squire’s Tavern,100 East River Road, Barkhamsted, on August 25th from 4-6 p.m.

Tickets will be $25 per person and must be purchased ahead during the Tavern’s open hours: Wednesdays from 9-12 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.They will also be sold at the Winsted Diner, 496 Main St., Winsted and at the event ($30).

Enjoy pulled pork with all your favorite sides and ice cream from the Riverton Store for dessert!

BYOB, wine and friends and family and help support the Historical Society while enjoying the company.

We're so excited to have the Travelin’ Trout Band returning this year to provide some foot stomping music!!!

Tickets are limited so get yours NOW!!

Questions call: Noreen 860 738 1152

The Barkhamsted Historical Society’s one room schoolhouse, the old Center School on Center Hill Road (Rt. 181) just no...
07/26/2018

The Barkhamsted Historical Society’s one room schoolhouse, the old Center School on Center Hill Road (Rt. 181) just north of the intersection with Beach Rock Road in Barkhamsted, will be open to the public this coming Sunday, July 29th, from 1–4 p.m.

Come and find out what school was like in “the old days.” Ask questions; read the old books; review a high school entrance exam; try your hand at various toys and games, or do some arithmetic problems on a slate.

All FREE of charge! Children are especially welcome.

Charlie Watson, Erik Landgraf, Jim Lussier and Mike Day got the well pump running today at Squires Tavern. Thanks and wa...
07/12/2018

Charlie Watson, Erik Landgraf, Jim Lussier and Mike Day got the well pump running today at Squires Tavern. Thanks and way to go guys!

Barkhamsted Historical Society
07/10/2018

Barkhamsted Historical Society

Barkhamsted Historical Society’s “Walk Through Time”

On July 21st, meet at Squire’s Tavern, 100 East River Road at 2:00 pm, and join Paul Hart for a short hike, where he will explain how the scenery has changed over time.

There will be about a dozen stops along the trail where Paul will describe the way the area would have looked in the 1800’s. Stops include: Squire’s Tavern, the Nature museum, the remains of a charcoal hearth, the site of the tree nursery and many more.
This is a very popular event so be sure not to miss it! It is only done once a year.

The hike is about 1 mile long and should last about an hour and a half. Some of the terrain is on uneven ground. Wear comfortable shoes for the walk and dress appropriately.

Questions call: Noreen (860) 738-1152

Address

100 E River Rd
Riverton, CT
06063

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Squire's Tavern Hours Sundays 1:00 - 4:00pm Wednesdays 9:00 - 12:00 http://g.co/maps/5fdwx (Google Map)

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