60 Towner Lane, Oxford
Oxford Historical Society''s
Center & Museum
Garden Club Decorates Homestead for Holidays
Join us for an old-fashioned Christmas display. Dec. 15, 2 - 4 p.m.
Free Admission, Free refreshments.
Serus, Vice President of the Oxford Historical Society admires the work
of the Oxford Garden club who decorated the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead
for the holidays. The public is invited to attend on December 15,
with free admission and refreshments.
Thanks for public support
Oxford Historical Society thanks the public for their support of the
online donation challenge, Give Local, Greater Waterbury &
Litchfield Hills. This fundraiser for non-profit groups was
sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation, with assistance from
Ion Bank (formerly Naugatuck Savings Bank.) Through this program
the Historical Society received every penny donated through the
36-hours online challenge, plus some extra funding in matching grants
collected by Connecticut Community Foundation and from General Electric
The funding we received will be used for
paving the driveway and parking area at the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead
Museum on Towner Lane. This project will eliminate the mud that
last year forced the Society to close after severe weather last year.
Paving will provide increased safety for visitors and improve the
appearance of the museum property.
Several individuals who were
unable to donate through the online challenge because of computer
issues or their busy schedules have contacted the Historical
Society. Anyone who wishes to give towards the driveway and
parking area paving fund may do so by sending a check made out to the
Oxford Historical Society. It should be mailed to the Oxford
Historical Society, Inc., PO Box 582, Oxford, CT 06478. Writing
"Paving Project Fund" at the bottom of the check will direct the gift
to funding the spring project.
Thanks again to all who donated,
to local newsmedia for their coverage of the challenge, to the
Connecticut Community Foundation who sponsored the event, and to Ion
Bank. Together, we are making Oxford's only museum even better!
Oxford Historical Society earns Gold Seal from GuideStar Exchange
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First and Third Sundays of each month
2 - 4 p.m.
Adeline Gray, Oxford's famous parachutist makes history. See her story here
"Oxford History Remembered"
New Book Available
Society's newest book, Oxford History Remembered, is now available. The book includes tales from
Oxford's early history, the contributions of Oxford residents in times
of war, as well as more recent stories, such as the establishment of
the Oxford Land Trust. The book includes a history of the 6-year
effort of the Oxford Historical Society to preserve the Homestead.
Area History Links:
(search the 1798 Oxford CT Tax roll.)
Oxford Honored by
Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation
people of Oxford and the Oxford Historical Society were honored for our work in preserving the Homestead, and designated with a
Connecticut Trust Preservation Award. The award was presented in Hartford
at the State Capitol on April 4, 2012. The following is from their Connecticut
"Built in 1755,
this house has a long connection with prominent local families and is
listed on the State Register of Historic Places. When development
threatened the house, the developer was convinced to donate it to the
Town. Moved to a new, town-owned site, the house received a new
foundation and chimney base, and was restored by the Oxford Historical
Society. A multitude of workers donated their labor to the
project, including members of building trades, Boy and Girl Scouts,
area foundations, and many local volunteers. The people of Oxford
succeeded where many towns and small nonprofits fail by involving a
wide range of people throughout the community. The task of managing so
many different groups and individuals alone is a remarkable
Harriet's QuiltAn Oxford signature quilt from before the Civil War.See information on the quilt and on the people who made and signed it:HERE
Download a free Kindle copy of the book "Chauncey Judd, Story of burglary and kidnapping during the American Revolution, with parts of the story taking place in Oxford.
or a Boy Stolen,"
by Israel P. Warren.
To download, RIGHT CLICK HERE and choose SAVE AS.
Homestead Celebrates the Holidays
|Louise Burr displays a vintage top and her Christmas village.|
Twitchell Rowland Homestead will showcase a miniature village decorated
for the holidays and a display of vintage toys on Sunday, December 1 and
Sunday, December 15. Staffed by members of the Oxford Historical Society,
the museum is open from 2-4 p.m. and located at 60 Towner Lane in Oxford.
Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
Hundreds of tiny buildings, people, animals and accessories make up the
lamp-lit town of yesteryear. Collected by Historical Society President
Louise Burr from tag sale finds, gifts and a few purchases, the landscape
features a ski slope, shops, twirling skaters and a working railroad.
Also on display will be a variety of vintage toys which belonged to Society
President Mrs.Louise Burr and to her two sisters, Eleanor Sturges and Jessie
King. Purchased from 1930 to 1950, the playthings include circus figures,
wind-up tin birds, early mechanical Disney figures, a tray featuring Snow White
and the Seven Dwarfs, and small games such as a bowling set.
The 1755 saltbox farmhouse will be decorated with greens and seasonal ornaments
for the holidays. Additional information is available by calling Nancy
Farnum at 203 888-0230.
in World War II
Book talk with
author John Cilio.
May 5, 2013
|Carolyn Ivanoff |
as Dolly Madison, left, chats with visitor at
March 17th program at the Homestead.
Barnum, Tom Thumb and the Tornado
Cindy Joy Photo
“Barnum, Tom Thumb and the Tornado” were the topics of
an illustrated talk by Marion O’Keefe on Sunday, February 3. Mrs. O’Keefe is Director Emeritus and former curator of the
Derby Historical Society. She is
currently a Board of Directors member and curator of the Seymour Historical
Society. A pink satin covered pillow used by Tom Thumb is on display
at the Homestead Museum.
Photos of Lake Zoar, Zoar Bridge, Zoar Village and Stevenson Station added from 2012 Peach Festival
PHOTO COLLECTION The Society continues to make appointments to meet with individuals at the Library to scan their photos of old time Oxford. while they
wait. If you have photos to share, please call Dottie DeBisschop
203-910-4574 to schedule an appointment.
Oxford Center School Photos
The Oxford Historical Society has received many class
photographs from Oxford Center School. The photographs are being
scanned and filed for preservation in our archives.
are asked to help identify the students and teachers in the
photographs. You may see our growing collection here: