Vernon Historical Society

Vernon Historical Society We are an organization of volunteers with an interest in the history of our community.
Founded in 1967, the Vernon Historical Society collects, preserves and exhibits information, materials and objects relating to the history of the town of Vernon and the former city of Rockville, Connecticut.
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If you missed our March program “When We Were Bolton – Vernon's First 90 Years" with Jon Roe then you're in for a treat!...
04/16/2020
Vernon Historical Society Speaker Series

If you missed our March program “When We Were Bolton – Vernon's First 90 Years" with Jon Roe then you're in for a treat! Jon takes on the persona of David Allis, who was an early resident when Vernon was Bolton.

As always a huge thank you to our friends at CVC CT for recording and assembling the video for our exciting programs. These programs air on TV and are also on CVC's website under On Demand- just search Vernon Historical Society and they'll pop up.

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04/14/2020

The votes are in for our 'Favorite Decades' poll and the winner is: the 1940s, 1950s, and the 1960s! Thank you to everyone who voted.

Our social media team will let the rest of the VHS board know the results at our next meeting. In the meantime we can celebrate the win by dropping a comment below of your favorite memory from any of these decades.

As museums around the world have been forced to close their physical doors many made the move to open them virtually. In...
04/09/2020
Online Exhibitions

As museums around the world have been forced to close their physical doors many made the move to open them virtually. In the coming weeks we'll be sharing a few from across the United States and abroad in addition to our usual content.

First up is the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, which offers around 100 online exhibits featuring a mixture of objects, photographs, videos and more. Let us know what your favorite exhibits are in the comments! https://americanhistory.si.edu/exhibitions/online

This presentation focused on the awareness of the workers' rights as they grew throughout the country during the late 19...
04/02/2020

This presentation focused on the awareness of the workers' rights as they grew throughout the country during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Irish immigrant Mary Harris Jones became the outspoken and fiery champion of the downtrodden workers, especially the child laborers. She earned her respectful title of "Mother Jones" as she encouraged working men and women to stand up for their rights for better and more humane working conditions.

Many thanks to Bev York for her wonderful presentation as 'Mother Jones'!

This presentation focused on the awareness of the workers' rights as they grew throughout the country during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Irish immigrant Mary Harris Jones became the outspoken and fiery champion of the downtrodden workers, especially the child laborers. She earned her respectful title of "Mother Jones" as she encouraged working men and women to stand up for their rights for better and more humane working conditions.

Many thanks to Bev York for her wonderful presentation as 'Mother Jones'!

04/02/2020

BOOK SALE SCHEDULE UPDATE: Below are the tentative dates and times for the Annual Book Sale so mark your calendars!

Preview Day ($10 Admission):
Thursday, June 25th at 6 - 9 pm

Free Admission Days:
Friday, June 26th at Noon - 6 pm
Saturday, June 27th at 8 am - 6 pm
Sunday, June 28th at Noon - 4 pm

Saturday July 11th at 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday July 12th at 10 am - 3 pm

These dates are subject to change but we will keep you up to date as we go. We will also not be accepting any more donations. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask and in the meantime stay healthy!

03/31/2020

We want to know what your favorite recent decades are so we can tailor our programs and content to your interests! If you have an absolute favorite feel free to drop a comment too.

03/21/2020
Dobson Rd, looking north. Dobsonville Pond on right.
03/21/2020

Dobson Rd, looking north. Dobsonville Pond on right.

Here comes Mother Jones to share the importance of unions and the labor movement of the nineteenth and twentieth century...
03/19/2020
On Demand

Here comes Mother Jones to share the importance of unions and the labor movement of the nineteenth and twentieth century. This was our January program so if you were unable to attend in person we hope you enjoy!

A huge thank you to our friends at CVC CT for recording and assembling the video for our exciting programs. These programs air on TV and are also on CVC's website under On Demand- just search Vernon Historical Society and they'll pop up.

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Watch the CVC shows you love anytime or catch CVC LIVE

03/18/2020

Update from the Book Sale Committee: Set-Up Day on Saturday March 21st is now canceled. The sorting schedule has been suspended until further notice. Please check our FaceBook page, the web site or VHS phone message for updates to the Book Sale schedule.

03/16/2020

UPDATE: Due to the Coronavirus virus, the Vernon Historical Society will be closed to the public until further notice. Please check here or on our website page for information about our reopening.

Sorting Day is also canceled. As of now our March volunteer days are still up but check this or our page for current updates. We will have April sorting days and general volunteering at VHS throughout the year.

03/13/2020

The Vernon Historical Society and Museum will be closed to the public until further notice. Thank you for your patience.

In the meantime, we will be posting program videos next week so keep an eye out for those!

We're open every Thursday from 2-4 pm so swing by and see our Gustave A. Hoffman exhibit. This exhibit was generously do...
03/12/2020

We're open every Thursday from 2-4 pm so swing by and see our Gustave A. Hoffman exhibit. This exhibit was generously donated by Michael Sharon in honor of his parents Dr. Michael and Mrs. Jean Sharon, who are life-long Vernon residents.

03/10/2020
Membership Information - Vernon Historical Society

Are you a member of the Vernon Historical Society? If not, we'd love to have you so join us!

We have four public meetings/programs a year, an expansive collection of ephemera, exciting fundraising events, and volunteer opportunities all year round.

Choose your membership status:
Students/Seniors - $10
Member - $15
Contributing/Business - $25
Supporting - $50
Sponsor - $100

For more information, call us at 860-875-4326, check this link or comment below.
https://vernonhistoricalsoc.org/location-and-hours/membership-information/

Join the Vernon Historical Society Several membership options are listed below. Member $15.00 Contributing $25.00 Business 25.00 Supporting $50.00 Sponsor $100.00 Senior/Student $10.00 After filling out the application, make checks payable to The Vernon Historical Society. Please mail the applicatio...

Today we celebrate International Women's Day by remembering the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association in an article by ...
03/08/2020
A Day for Women – Today in History: March 8 | Connecticut History | a CTHumanities Project

Today we celebrate International Women's Day by remembering the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association in an article by Connecticut History!

Today, March 8, is International Women's Day. First observed in Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland as International Working Women's Day, this annual event was established in 1910 by the Second International Conference of Socialist Women when it met in Copenhagen, Denmark. The conferees agree...

Major thank you to Don Burch for this excellent photo of Jon Roe!
03/08/2020

Major thank you to Don Burch for this excellent photo of Jon Roe!

03/04/2020

Thank you to all who came to our March 2020 program: "When We Were Bolton - Vernon's First 90 Years” featuring Jon Roe as David Allis, an early citizen! The talk will be on CVC CT and we'll post a link to the video once it's up. In the meantime, check out our photo album for a few of the slides of the presentation.

Thank you again to Jon for the wonderful presentation and to the Bolton Historical Society for partnering up with us. BHS will be having plenty of wonderful events throughout the year to celebrate their 300th anniversary so check out their pages as well.

In 1720 when the town of Bolton was formed, the piece of land called Vernon was in the northern part town. It was not un...
03/04/2020

In 1720 when the town of Bolton was formed, the piece of land called Vernon was in the northern part town. It was not until 1808 that the citizens of the North Bolton section received permission from the State of Connecticut to incorporate as the town Vernon. During those 88 years North Bolton was slowly divided and settled.

Researcher Jon Roe will tell the story of those forgotten years. As Bolton celebrates it 300th anniversary, it is fitting that as a "daughter" town we remember the connection to our "mother" town and use the opportunity to renew and honor our relationship and shared history.

Many thanks to Jon Roe for his wonderful presentation and the Bolton Historical Society for teaming up with us!

In 1720 when the town of Bolton was formed, the piece of land called Vernon was in the northern part town. It was not until 1808 that the citizens of the North Bolton section received permission from the State of Connecticut to incorporate as the town Vernon. During those 88 years North Bolton was slowly divided and settled.

Researcher Jon Roe will tell the story of those forgotten years. As Bolton celebrates it 300th anniversary, it is fitting that as a "daughter" town we remember the connection to our "mother" town and use the opportunity to renew and honor our relationship and shared history.

Many thanks to Jon Roe for his wonderful presentation and the Bolton Historical Society for teaming up with us!

02/29/2020

Book Sale Update: Due to the "tidal wave" of books, we can not accept any more books, DVDs or CDs for now. Please wait and call us after March 23rd at 860-875-4326. Thank you for your patience.

Please consider donating books to Rockville Public Library, The Cornerstone Foundation, or Savers of Manchester - all worthy organizations who would love your donations while you wait on us!

Tomorrow is our March program ,“When We Were Bolton – Vernon's First 90 Years” presented by Jon Roe at 2:00 pm. There wi...
02/29/2020
The Tankerhoosen - Home Page

Tomorrow is our March program ,“When We Were Bolton – Vernon's First 90 Years” presented by Jon Roe at 2:00 pm. There will be light refreshments and everyone is invited so bring a friend - or two!

In 1720 when the town of Bolton was formed, the piece of land called Vernon was in the northern part town. It was not until 1808 that the citizens of the North Bolton section received permission from the State of Connecticut to incorporate as the town Vernon. During those 88 years North Bolton was slowly divided and settled.

Researcher Jon Roe will tell the story of those forgotten years. As Bolton celebrates it 300th anniversary, it is fitting that as a "daughter" town we remember the connection to our "mother" town and use the opportunity to renew and honor our relationship and shared history.

Please swing by his website for more information on the program and happenings around Vernon. We hop to see you there! http://tankerhoosen.info

02/27/2020

We're looking for volunteers to help get the VHS Annual Book Sale up and running! These are our March dates and April dates will be released soon.

Set Up Day: Sat. March 3/21 from 10:00 - 1:00 pm

March Sorting Days:
Mon. 3/23 from 10:00 - 1:00 pm
Tues. 3/24 from 10:00 - 1:00 pm
Wed. 3/25 from 10:00 - 1:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Thurs. 3/26 from 10:00 - 1:00 pm
Mon. 3/30 from 10:00 - 1:00 pm
Tues. 3/31 from 10:00 - 1:00 pm

If you know a RHS student in need of volunteer hours this is the perfect opportunity to help! We'll be throwing in a weeknight so anyone interested please comment below so we can update accordingly.

02/23/2020

Book Sale Update: We have to temporarily stop taking books. We hope to resume in a few weeks so keep an eye out for a post from us or call before you swing by!

Rockville Fair grounds, looking north. Visable top left is Roosevelt Mills smoke stack.
02/21/2020

Rockville Fair grounds, looking north. Visable top left is Roosevelt Mills smoke stack.

02/15/2020

In honor of Valentine's Day weekend tell us what you love about Vernon!

02/08/2020

We are getting ready for the Annual Book Sale and are looking for donations! This can gently used or new books, DVDs, Blue Ray DVDs, CDs, books on CDs under all subjects. We are not accepting encyclopedias, dictionaries, textbooks, or cassette or VCR tapes.

You can drop them off at the Vernon Historical Society, 734 Hartford Turnpike (Route 30), Vernon on Thursdays, 2pm to 4pm or on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month from 2pm to 4pm. You can also drop them off at the Tolland County Chamber of Commerce 30 Hyde Avenue, Vernon during their business hours: Monday- Friday 9am to 4pm.

If you have any questions feel free to comment below, send us a message or call the Vernon Historical Society at 860-875-4326!

Rockville Hotel, corner of Park St. and St. Bernard Terrace.
01/26/2020

Rockville Hotel, corner of Park St. and St. Bernard Terrace.

Summer Fun. Henry Park.
07/15/2019

Summer Fun. Henry Park.

15 star flag, May 1 1794
07/03/2019

15 star flag, May 1 1794

05/07/2019
Vernon Historical Society

VHS and Stop and Shop - Partners in fund raising.
Thanks to this program, we hope to raise a modest sum toward our operations for the current year.

It's the lovely month of May; give back to your community today! Purchase a $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Stop & Shop store located at 10 Pitkin Road, Vernon, CT during May, and VHS will receive a $1 donation!

05/07/2019

It's the lovely month of May; give back to your community today! Purchase a $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Stop & Shop store located at 10 Pitkin Road, Vernon, CT during May, and VHS will receive a $1 donation!

East Main St. looking east, about 1940.
04/02/2019

East Main St. looking east, about 1940.

April Fools, created by Joe Saternis Journal Inquirer photographer. April 1 1969
04/01/2019

April Fools, created by Joe Saternis Journal Inquirer photographer. April 1 1969

Union St. and Windsor Ave. looking east. About 1940.
03/31/2019

Union St. and Windsor Ave. looking east. About 1940.

Looking west
01/28/2019

Looking west

May Program- May 20th 2pm"Connecticut Valley Tobacco" presented by Brianna Dunlap, former Director of the Connecticut To...
05/14/2018

May Program- May 20th 2pm

"Connecticut Valley Tobacco" presented by Brianna Dunlap, former Director of the Connecticut Tobacco Museum in Windsor. VHS 734 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon.

Ms. Dunlap will discuss the use of tobacco from the Native American era through the boom during the Civil War. Though fashionable in the 1950s, the popularity of cigars declined a decade later, nearly destroying the region’s tobacco industry. A resurgence in the 1990s brought new life to the crop and the reopening of Cuba in 2015 added a new chapter for cigar tobacco.

The program is free and open to the public. Donations are always welcome.

Vernon Historical Society's cover photo
05/13/2018

Vernon Historical Society's cover photo

Vernon Historical Society's cover photo
04/27/2018

Vernon Historical Society's cover photo

The Great Vernon Historical Society Book Sale .
04/27/2018

The Great Vernon Historical Society Book Sale .

04/26/2018

It's The Great Vernon Historical Society book sometime again.

Talcottville School
02/23/2018

Talcottville School

March 4th meeting- "Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War"  Professor Thomas Army brings a fresh approac...
02/10/2018
Home - Vernon Historical Society

March 4th meeting- "Engineering Victory: How Technology Won the Civil War" Professor Thomas Army brings a fresh approach to the question of why the North prevailed in the Civil War. He identifies strength in engineering—not superior military strategy or industrial advantage—as the critical determining factor in the war’s outcome. Visit the Society's web page for more details https://vernonhistoricalsoc.org/ Click on the program title. Hope to see you there!

On Sunday January 14th at the Museum at 2pm, "Restoring and Reusing Our Industrial Heritage: Mill Conversion Projects" R...
01/10/2018
Home - Vernon Historical Society

On Sunday January 14th at the Museum at 2pm, "Restoring and Reusing Our Industrial Heritage: Mill Conversion Projects" Renee Tribert and Wes Haynes from the Making Places Program of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation will discuss how Vernon and other Connecticut towns have transformed aging and empty mills, into beautiful buildings refurbished and designed to provide new homes for community residents and new locations for commercial enterprises.
Free admission. The public is invited.
For more information, visit the Society's web page https://vernonhistoricalsoc.org/ and click on the program title.

Once known as  "Kellogg  Lawn, " also home to the Maxwell's.  Now Rockville Hospital.
12/16/2017

Once known as "Kellogg Lawn, " also home to the Maxwell's. Now Rockville Hospital.

Vernon Historical Society's cover photo
10/06/2017

Vernon Historical Society's cover photo

Address

734 Hartford Tpke
Vernon, CT
06066

General information

The Museum is open to the public on Thursdays and on the second Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 PM and except during December. In addition, the Society conducts four programs of historical interest every year. All are open to the public.

Opening Hours

Thursday 14:00 - 16:00
Sunday 14:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(860) 875-4326

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Here's an encouraging endorsement about next Friday's Live Musical Tribute to Gene Pitney in the gorgeous 1890 Union Church sanctuary at 3 Elm Street in downtown Rockville. Have you purchased your tickets yet? Visit www.EventBrite.com today! Tickets are also available at Dave's Cobbler Shop in Rockville and at the door, if it's not already sold out!
The live musical tribute to Gene Pitney is a week from tomorrow in the historic, 600+ seat Union Church sanctuary at 3 Elm Street. Feature stories on this tribute and the current Gene Pitney exhibit at Arts Center East at 709 Hartford Turnpike appeared in today's Courant Community newspaper. Check it out, mark your calendars and buy your tickets online on www.eventbrite.com, at Dave's Cobbler Shop or at the door!
TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW.EVENTBRITE.COM AND AT DAVE'S COBBLER SHOP IN ROCKVILLE. On Friday, August 10 at 7 pm, a live tribute show for Gene Pitney, "The Rockville Rocket," will be held inside the 600-seat sanctuary at Union Church, 3 Elm Street in the historic Rockville section of Vernon. The one-of-a-kind event will run from 7 to 10 pm. General admission tickets are $17. If the show is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door. Dress is casual. The facility is handicapped-accessible. Gene Pitney is Rockville's most famous and favorite hometown hero. He rose to superstar status as a composer, singer and recording artist, performing around the world but never forgetting his humble Rockville roots. The live tribute show is being organized by local singer Eva Devine, who will be accompanied by back-up singers and an orchestra. During the two-set event, Devine will sing many of Pitney's most popular songs. For more details, please contact Eva at 615.738.8177 or [email protected].
T-minus 1 day and counting until the first-ever Hockanum Brew Fest adjacent to the Hockanum Mill at 200 West Main Street. The weather forecast is now mostly sunny in the high 50's. We'll take it! Did you see the cover story in last night's TIME OUT section in the Journal Inquirer newspaper? A feature story also appeared this morning in The Daily Campus, the daily newspaper at UConn's main Storrs campus. We've seen a surge in ticket sales the past few days. You can still purchase tickets online at www.hockanumbrewfest.com (until around 6 pm tonight, when we must stop online sales so we can download and process the data), buy paper tickets at Lafayette Wines & Liquors located at 30 Lafayette Square in Vernon, or (if we don't sell out) tomorrow at the door. We're opening the ticket lines and the food truck court an hour early (12 noon) to get a jump on ID checks and to give attendees an opportunity to eat lunch on-site before the beer garden opens at 1 pm. LOTS of helpful tips and maps are online on our website. See you tomorrow?
The stage is set for a terrific first-ever Hockanum Brew Fest this Saturday, April 21 from 1-4 pm at 200 West Main Street in historic Rockville. The cold weather pattern is finally going away, and the forecast for Saturday is partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-50's. Over 100 different craft beers, wines and boutique beverages such as spiked cider, lemonade and melonade, will be available for taste-testing in the quaint outdoor beer garden nestled between the Hockanum River and the Hockanum Mill. Tickets are $40 for drinkers (age 21-up) and $20 for non-drinkers and designated drivers. Tickets may be purchased online at www.hockanumbrewfest.com, at Lafayette Wine & Liquors in Vernon, or if the brew fest is not sold out, at the door by cash or credit card. All ID's will be checked at the main gate. Brew fest organizers are opening the ticket lines and food truck court at 12 noon, so people can check in early and eat lunch on-site. The official ribbon-cutting with dignitaries will begin at 12:45 pm, with the beer garden opening promptly at 1 pm. The brew fest will include live music by Grand Avenue, a local classic rock, southern rock and blues band; games and displays by area businesses and organizations. Come out and celebrate spring and the birth of Connecticut's newest brew fest in historic Rockville this Saturday.
was there ever an IHOP in vernon on rt 30 if so where and when