Original Mast Head created by Eric Anderson in 2006   


The Cheshire Historical Society cordially invites you to our
Christmas Party and Open House on
SUNDAY DECEMBER 21 - 2 pm to 4 pm

Please come to 43 Church Drive, Cheshire "On the Church Green," and enjoy a great party.
See old friends. Meet new friends.
Lots to nibble on. Lots to see!

We are open on Sunday, December 14th from 2 pm to 4 pm. And then that's it for us until our ETHNOBOTANY WORKSHOP and TALK in MARCH 2015.

So remember - just these December Sunday hoursfrom 2 pm to 4 pm (and, as always, by appointment for research or tours).
For Teachers, Scout Leaders: School Tour Booklet: a planning resource

Inge Venus took this photo of from last year's Christmas Party - and this should give you a splendid idea of what's in store for you when you visit on December 21st!

Spirits Alive Cemetery Tour was a success!
Thanks to you and to our dedicated volunteers.

Dawn Marchand portrays "Abigail" the Colonial First Wife at the 5pm tour on Friday, October 17th. Cemetery tours went through the night - a sell out! - and enjoyed by all!

Photo by Marshall Robinson



Except for holiday weekends, the Cheshire Historical Society (CHS) Hitchcock-Phillips House (HPH) will be open to the public every Sunday, 2-4 p.m. from April through the end of the year. It is also open by appointment on other days. Call (203) 272-2574 to schedule a visit.

  • October 27 Monday Membership Meeting 7:30 p.m. SPEAKER "Witchcraft in Conn."
  • November 17 Monday Board of Directors 7:30 p.m.
  • November 18th - Vietnam War Workshop - Music and its impact on the War
  • November 20th - Vietnam War Workshop - Media and Politics
  • November 23 Sunday Gingerbread House 2-4 p.m. Children's Workshop
  • November 24 Monday Membership Meeting 7:30 p.m. SPEAKER "Vietnam War Era"
  • December 21 Sunday Christmas Party 2-4 p.m. Festive Open House and Final day of the season that the House is open.

All events listed above are free.
Reservations are required for all Workshops - phone (203) 272-2574

From December 22, 2014 through March 30, 2015: open by appointment only



Monday, October 27, 7:30 p.m. CHS Board Member, Jaime McCormick will present Witchcraft in Connecticut based on her university research.
A dramatic reading about Cheshire's own Keyes Witch will begin the evening. Come in costume! Refreshments will be provided.

Monday, November 24, 7:30 p.m. Beloved Cheshire High School History Teacher (newly retired), Ralph Zingarella, will present Vietnam War Era, based on his classroom curriculum.
Wear your bellbottoms, tie-dyes, and flowers in your hair for a look back to when the lottery draft was in full swing and Walter Cronkite brought Southeast Asia right to the dinner table. Our Fall Exhibit showcases the Vietnam War time period.



Nov. 18 & Nov. 20th

Buffet Dinner - 6:00 p.m. Workshop at 7:00 p.m.



Please stop by the Cheshire Historical Society to see our new display - Sundays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Photos of the Exhibit will be posted soon.

Our Spring 2014 NEWSLETTER        Our Fall 2014 NEWSLETTER

The "1700 Club" is a Cheshire moniker for the property owners of Cheshire homes and buildings built between 1700-1799. On May 18th, we held a Preservation Recognition Reception at the Cheshire Historical Society. It was a great evning due to the many stories that homeowners shared, and (in a small way) to a recipe loaned to us by Uncle Tom Howley of Fairfield CT

Our March 2014 Speaker: Barney Kathan
“America's Moveable Feasts: The Heart and Soul of Our National Holidays”
Book in the Works, "America's Moveable Feasts: The Heart and Soul of Our National Holidays," by the Rev. Boardman "Barney" Kathan. A retired minister, he has served churches in Connecticut (including Cheshire), Illinois and Minnesota, worked on a national board in New York City and a state conference in Boston, and for many years was the executive of an inter-faith, international organization. Special attention will be given to Gov. Samuel Foot's 1834 Thanksgiving Proclamation, which is on display in the Meeting Room and provided the title for one chapter, "Thanksgiving, Prayer and Praise."

Below, a photo of the 1834 Broadside donated to the Cheshire Historical Society in 2011 More about the Broadside including transcription

In 1972, the Cheshire Historical Society moved to the Phillips House.

This is a fascinating story captured in a scrapbook, recently given to one of the members of the Cheshire Historical Society by the daughter of the Society President. Here are some photos from 1972 (left) and from 2014 (right) so you can see what hardworking Society Members did to restore this old house. It is a great story told in newspaper clippings, headline by headline. Please take a look!

The Dining Room Today

The Parlor

The Parlor Today




Our April 2014 Speaker: Charles W. Dimmick
“Copper and Baryite Mining in Cheshire”

Charles Wm. Dimmick is a Professor of Geology Emeritus, having retired from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) in 2005 after 40 years of teaching. He is a Certified Professional Geologist, and served for three years as national editor for the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) and three years as President of the Northeast Section of AIP. He has been a member of the Cheshire Wetlands Commission since 1974, and is currently Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Conservation and Inland Wetlands Commissions. He received degrees from Colorado School of Mines, University of Florida, and Tulane University. (Dr. Dimmick is also an active parishioner of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, an officer of Cheshire Grange (Patrons of Husbandry) and active in committees of the Connecticut State Grange and of the Association of Connecticut Fairs. ) Dr. Dimmick will discuss mining operations in Cheshire, beginning with the discovery of copper near the Parker farm in 1711.

Below, an actual protective hat used by miners in Cheshire which is on display in our Industry Room

More about mining in Cheshire

"Cheshirepedia is on its way to being another unique part of the Cheshire landscape." President John Fournier is looking forward to having funding available to finalize design on the Cheshirepedia website as well as moving forward with 501c3 non-profit status. "Having this status is key," Fournier explained, as this allows for tax-deductible donations. Cheshire's Town Historian, Jeanné Chesanow, was the inspiration behind the Cheshirepedia concept. "So many people have asked me if there was a website where they could find 'all things Cheshire' and one day I simply said why not create Cheshirepedia for this purpose," explains Chesanow. She envisions the website as being a go-to place for students and educators with well-referenced submissions being available on any number of topics from apples to zoning.



except holiday weekends

We are closed on major holidays. Phone ahead to check. You can phone: (203) 272-2574 to set up an appointment for research or a private tour. We're looking forward to more school tours in 2014 and teachers can read additional guidance information. Visits from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and other youth groups are always welcome. To schedule a tour please call (203) 272-2574. There is no charge for tours.

WE HAVE AN APP! Google Play or Apple IOS (under travel) - for the Cheshire Town Center. It's FREE. A wonderful narration about the past and present on and around the Cheshire Church Green



If you've considered joining the Cheshire Historical Society, please take a moment to complete our form and mail this back to us.

Info Membership Form

Stop at CLIFF's PIZZA and then walk off that meal with our Heritage Walking Tour. Download our walking tour.

Beginning in April, the Hitchcock-Phillips House will be open to the public on Sundays from 2pm to 4pm. The Hitchcock-Phillips House is the home of The Cheshire Historical Society, filled with treasures and is located at 43 Church Drive, on the Church Green, in Cheshire, Connecticut USA.





Many thanks to the Northeast Paranormal Investigations Society for their site visit during the summer of 2013 and their impressive talk in th end of October 2013. Well done! We thank the Mulholland Family for their participation, in particular, young Thomas Mulholland who found himself to be, as he described it, "Ghost bait."


Photos from our First Annual History Trolley Tour of Cheshire Street held on September 29, 2013


Take a look at these photos from our Christmas Party on December 15, 2013

Many Thanks to Inge Venus for compiling these wonderful photos of our Christmas Party!
Part I, Part II, Part III
, Part IV

We plan to expand our Web site to include links to any organization in Cheshire that has a "history" section on their Web site. We assisted St. Peter's Church in scanning Helen Bray's Informal History. Also posted is "St. Peter's Continuing History 1985-2010" by Evie Michaud. We thought it would be useful to at least try to link to other Cheshire groups that have taken the time to record their history. For anyone interested in this, a new venture has started in Cheshire: Cheshirepedia. Their goal is to display photos and short essays about Cheshire past, present, and future. If you might like to learn more about this group, e-mail Cheshirepedia We understand that their website should be up and running in just a few weeks.

For TEACHERS, we prepared a short booklet to help in planning for school tours, scouts tours, and other tours for children and young students.


Mary Ellen Kania (left),
Head Curator, Cheshire Historical Society

Diane Calabro (right),
ent, Cheshire Historical Society


About Our Board of Directors & Contact Info | Directions to Our Society | Info Membership Form | Our Book and Gift Shop | Books at CHS (2012) | Our Brochure | Our Newsletters

Our Spring / Summer 2013 Newsletter includes our full event schedule


NEW! Books Available for Research at the CHS - Updated!

NEW! School Tour Booklet: a planning resource,

Lucille D. Williams Memorial Garden | Cheshire Memorial Day Parade 2012 | Christmas Party Photos 2012

The Historic Hitchcock-Phillips House located on the Church Green in the center of Cheshire, CT

Are you interested in seeing the names on the monument in the photo above?

In January, February, and March we are open by appointment. Call curator (203) 272-2574 to schedule an appointment for research or to visit the house.

We are located at 43 Church Drive,
Cheshire, CT 06410
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The Cheshire Green, Cheshire Connecticut 1835

Research Topics and Information

1986 Historic Resource Inventory - 82 properties surveyed

1882 O.H. Baily Map of Cheshire CT

#205 Headstone Inscriptions Cheshire CT 1934

Alice Washburn Houses in Cheshire

Barite Mines of Cheshire (includes PDF)

Cheshire Goes to War Exhibit (2009)

Cheshire Farms (1935) - Program of the Cheshire Tercentenary Celebration of the 300 Anniversary of the Settlement of Connecticut 1635-1935

Cheshire Farms 2008 - Special Cheshire Herald Feature

Cheshire Town History

Civil War CDV

Civil War Ninth Regiment Conn Volunteers / CT's Irish Regiment )

Dolls at the CHS

George Warner (Armless Vet) Info

Heritage Walk for Cheshire Town Center

High School Student Membership Application

Keeler Family Information

Medal of Honor - Sgt. Eri D. Woodbury 1864

Newsletters - Table of Contents

Updated Newsletter Index

Information on Some of Our Previous Presentations

Research Books Available at CHS

Thanksgiving Broadside 1834

Titus Moss Letters (PDF)

Titus Moss Information

Waverly Tavern History

Cheshire Then and Historic Homes of Cheshire (WIP)


View our DVD that welcomes visitors to the Cheshire Historical Society and offers some insight on the history of the Hitchcock-Philips house. The eight-minute video, "Introduction to the Hitchcock-Philips House," is narrated by Cheshire's Josiah Rowe whom you may remember from the Titus Moss Walk Back In Time event where he portrayed Joseph Perkins Beach. (Our DVD was revised in 2010)This is available on You Tube!


Known as "The Bedding Plant Capital of Connecticut" (and some here in town claim this to be of the "entire world"!), Cheshire Connecticut has a long history of farming. Here are two articles, one from 1935 and the second from 2008, discussing farming in Cheshire

1935 - "CHESHIRE FARMING" from Program of the Cheshire Tercentenary Celebration of the 300 Anniversary of the Settlement of Connecticut 1635-1935 (includes winter farm photos)

2008 - "CHESHIRE’S CORNUCOPIA: Farms Nurture Cheshire’s Deep Roots in Agriculture" Series of articles, “Cheshire’s Cornucopia” appeared in The Cheshire Herald - Summer 2008 (30 page PDF file).

Earl and Ruth Kurtz are pictured standing in front of their home at 1604 Peck Lane back in 1941. Click on photo for more information about Cheshire Farms

Books available at the Cheshire Historical Society (updated 2012)


Don't forget! Gift Giving is EASY when you stop at our Cheshire Historical Society GIFT SHOP! Town Historian, Ron Gagliardi's book: Images of America: CHESHIRE is a GREAT gift. LANDMARKS of Old CHESHIRE is also a lovely gift for anyone with an interest in Cheshire's history! We can mail books to you for a nominal shipping charge.



Do you have an interest in period costumes, clocks and watches, dolls, dishes, furniture, jewelry, minatures, Native Americans, toys, slavery, or other topic? Do you have experience in searching town land records or doing genealogical or other research? Do you collect old stamps, coins, bottles, guns, tools? Can you make a poster or set up a display? Whatever your interest or talent, we'd like to add your name to our "Subject Specialist" List. If you can help, please call!

Are you trying to locate information about someone buried in Cheshire prior to 1934?


PDF documents of the Headstone Inscriptions, Town of Cheshire of 1934. This list includes all the headstone inscriptions in Cheshire cemeteries. The list was sponsored by the Connecticut State Library and copied under the auspices of FERA (Federal Emergency Relief Administration) and WPA (Works Progress Administration), two Depression-era, federal agencies that provided "work relief." It is reproduced here with the permission of the Connecticut State Library.


Historic Resource Inventory Building and Structures - 82 properties in Cheshire Connecticut surveyed in 1986 PDF of original survey forms available.

Also Available with PHOTOGRAPHS - 1986 Black and White photos AND 2008 photos of the same properties and access to the PDF documents of 1986. (Note -- this will take some time to load as there are over 160 photographs).

Buildings located on Main Street, Church Street, South Main Street and West Main Street. Photos and descriptions from nearly 25 years ago of these historically noteworthy properties.



Are you interested in the George Keeler Family that lived at 168 South Main Street?


There were six Alice Washburn Houses built in Cheshire, Connecticut.

Take the HERITAGE WALK OF CHESHIRE TOWN CENTER (personal walking tour)

Become a member! It is so easy to be a Member of the Cheshire Historical Society! Both old and new town residents interested in preserving Cheshire history are encouraged to become Historical Society members. Membership information is available at the Society or from Membership Chairman Wesli Dymoke, P.O. Box 281, Cheshire CT 06410
(203) 272-2574

Get ready for a little spring cleaning? These cleaning tools are on display at the Cheshire Historical Society.

AIRPLANE FRAGMENT A piece of the airliner that crashed in Cheshire in 1946 - on display at the Cheshire Historical Society. (see Spring 2006 Newsletter for more details)



Located behind the Hitchcock-Phillips House, the Lucille D. Williams Memorial Garden has been lovingly tended to throughout the seasons since 2004.

PHOTO OF THE LUCILLE D. WILLIAMS MEMORIAL GARDEN: Cheshire Garden Club members Inge Venus, Vicky Brady and Carol Goertz pose after their monthly maintenance chores in the garden in mid-October 2009.

The Lucille D. Williams Memorial Garden photographed just as Fall overtakes it.

The 19th Century Barite Mining and Milling Industries of Cheshire and New Haven, Connecticut"

36-Page Pamphlet written by Crawford E. Fritts - State Geological and Natural History Survey of Connecticut, Natural Resources Center, Department of Environmental Protection is available at the Cheshire Historical Society

Copies are available from the Cheshire Historical Society. The cost is $10 for this informative pamphlet.



In 2006 - We took A Walk Back In Time to Cheshire Connecticut in 1862. President Lincoln Calls For 300,000 Troops and Who From Cheshire Will Go? A WALK BACK IN TIME - TITUS MOSS: CHESHIRE FARMER AND CIVIL WAR SOLDIER -- A PRESERVATION MONTH ACTIVITY

2006 Civil War Re-enactment:
A Walk Back in Time to 1862

In 1969, Miss Helen Moss of New Haven gave the Cheshire Historical Society the original copies of 30 letters written by her grandfather, Corporal Titus Moss, to her grandmother, Jennette, in 1862-63. Also included were two letters written by Captain Timothy Guilford describing Moss's death at the Battle of Chancellorsville, May3, 1863, and a copy of letter of condolence to Jennette on the death of their daughter, Emma, in 1864.

2005 READING at the Cheshire Historical Society with Thom Peters and Sylvia VanSinderen Abbate as Titus and Jennette Moss

LETTERS written by Titus Moss from the battlefield and with a follow up by the Moss Widow learning of the death of her husband and her young daugther (transcribed into PDF format)

PROGRAM, which includes historical background, used for the Titus Moss Walk Back in Time event PDF format

SCRIPT used for the Titus Moss Walk Back In Time PDF format

PHOTOS from the May 7, 2006 Civil War Re-Enactment: Titus Moss, Cheshire Farmer, A Walk Back In Time to 1862 PDF format

VOLUNTEER photos and behind the scenes

Partially Funded by a grant from CT Trust for Historic Preservation in cooperation with the CT Humanities Council

Organized by the Cheshire Historical Society and the Cheshire Historic District Commission, 2006




Table of Contents for Newsletters

Spring 2013

SPRING 2012 FALL 2012

SPRING 2011 FALL 2011

SPRING 2010 FALL 2010

SPRING 2009 FALL 2009

SPRING 2008 FALL 2008

SPRING 2007 FALL 2007 WINTER 2007

SPRING 2006 FALL 2006 WINTER 2006

SPRING 2005 FALL 2005 WINTER 2005

SPRING 2004 FALL 2004 WINTER 2004

SPRING 2003 FALL 2003 WINTER 2003

SPRING 2002 FALL 2002 WINTER 2002

SPRING 2001 | SPRING 2000

Do you have any older versions of the Newsletter (1999 and earlier)? Can you please let us know? We would wish to borrow them to scan and to post on our website.

Also available for our newsletters is an INDEX with hyperlinks back to the appropriate Cheshire Historical Society News document


Call curator (203) 272-2574 to schedule an appointment for research or to visit the house.

Curator Mary Ellen Kania welcomes visitors to the Cheshire Historical Society


from Krampitz Farm, Peck Lane, Cheshire CT

Judge Ray Voelker donated these 11 white quartz Indian arrowheads and one black, flint arrowhead from the Krampitz farm, 1559 Peck Lane. Mineralogist Roy Smith examined these artifacts to verify the materials. (Spring 2006)

IN CHESHIRE 1848-1987

NOTE: Mr. Belletzkie was our Fall 2011 Speaker and is now a very appreciated volunteer at the CHS.
By the 1890s, Cheshire was served by two railroad lines stopping at a half-dozen stations. Running north and south, the New Haven & Northampton (the Canal line) debuted in 1848 and had stops at Brooksvale (South Brooksvale Rd.) and Cheshire (West Main Street). Running east and west, the Meriden, Waterbury & Connecticut River RR opened in 1888 and had stations at Hough's Mill/Cheshire Street, Southington Road (Creamery Road and Route 10), West Cheshire (The Notch), and Summit (Summit Rd). A later stop was added at Cheshire Junction where the two rail lines met south of Jarvis St. Historian and webmaster Robert Belletzkie of Prospect, Connecticut has undertaken the interesting project of documenting all of the early Connecticut railroad stations. His TylerCityStation website is fun to visit. The railroad stations are on Track 12!

Medal of Honor Display
Sgt. Eri D. Woodbury - 1864

During the regiment's charge when the enemy was in retreat Sgt. Woodbury encountered 4 Confederate infantrymen retreating. He drew his saber and ordered them to surrender, overcoming by his determined actions their willingness to further resist. They surrendered to him together with their rifles and 12th North Carolina (C.S.A.) regimental flag.


Crazy Quilt on display at the Cheshire Historical Society

Oyster Kegs on display



Heritage Walking Tour Map of the Cheshire Town Green

Cheshire Town History: PDF FILE of "CHESHIRE, CONN An Old New England Town"

Chronology of Cheshire Events from "Our Town"

Titus Moss Letters Letters home from a Cheshire Civil War Corporal

1882 O.H. Baily Map

Physician Looks at 1880s Prescription Drug Register from Foot & Co. Druggists, Cheshire, Conn. - See Page 3

A Kindergarten Photo from 1946 sent to us by Mr.Thomas Pitre of Sequim, WA


Building of the 2011 Gingerbread Centerpiece - inspired by the historic St. Peter's Episcopal Church

And Holiday Party photos from previous years: 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004   


To schedule a visit to the Museum, call
(203) 272-2574

Membership Our Gift Shop More About Us | Cheshire Then: A photojournal of Cheshire homes and properties

Cheshire Town History: PDF of CHESHIRE, CONN An Old New England Town

Looking out the Front Doorway


Organized in 1951, the Cheshire Historical Society is a group of old and new residents who have a desire to discover and preserve the heritage of Cheshire, Connecticut. They educate and assist others in their inquiries into our past and promote a love for our town and its inhabitants.

Our first home was in the 1st. District School (1951-1956), then the old Cheshire Public Library (Williams House) on Main Street (1956-1972). We are presently located at the Hitchcock - Phillips House on the Cheshire Green, as shown above.

Our membership dues are most reasonable, so please join our Historical Society. Contact us for more information. We would love to hear from you!

Call Us On The Phone:

Our telephone number is:
USA +001     (203) 272-2574

Write Us A Letter:
The Cheshire Historical Society
P.O. Box 281
Cheshire, CT 06410

Send Us An E-Mail:

Diane Calabro - CHS President Send e-mail

Mary Ellen Kania - CHS Curator Send e-mail

Our Cheshire Town Historian, Jeanné Chesanow - Send e-mail

NEW! Cheshirepedia - Send e-mail
What is Cheshirepedia? "All Things Cheshire!" Write and find out!

Visit Our Museum:

The Hitchcock-Phillips House
43 Church Drive
Cheshire, CT 06410

2-4 PM Sunday Afternoons, April - December
We are located on Route 10 at the Church Green in the center of the Town of Cheshire. We are open on Sundays, 2-4 pm from April through December, and by appointment (so please call us to set up a time to visit). School and corporate groups are always welcome.

Links of Interest: CHESHIRE

The Town of Cheshire   |   The Cheshire Herald | The Cheshire Public Library: has every link you can imagine! | Suburban Garden Club of Cheshire |

Links of Interest: CONNECTICUT (this listing will be updated shortly - some links have expired...)

The State of Connecticut |  The Connecticut Historical Society | State of Connecticut Historical Preservation and Museum Division |  University of

Connecticut - University Libraries | Connecticut Freedom Trail  | Covered Bridges in the Northeast  | University of Connecticut MAGIC: Maps and Geographic Information Center | Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation   | The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut |

Site Revised: DECEMBER 2013

"[1723] It was called 'New Cheshire Parish' a name no doubt proposed by Thomas Brooks, because he fathered most proposals and was himself from Cheshire, England."

Pg. 15 Program of the Cheshire Tercentenary Celebration of the Three Hundredth Anniversary of the Settlement of Connecticut, 1635-1935.

Commodore Robert Hitchcock
1804 to 1888

Born in Cheshire, son of Amasa Hitchcock, Jr. Their home was across South Main Street where the Medical Center (formerly a bank) is now.