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Oxford Historical Society

Post Office Box 582,   Oxford, Connecticut, 06478


Twitchell-Rowland Homestead
60 Towner Lane, Oxford 

Oxford Historical Society's 

History Education 

Center & Museum

Coming in November:
Connecticut's Indigenous Peoples:
What Archaeology, History and Oral Traditions
Teach Us A
bout Their Communities and Cultures.
 PowerPoint Book Talk presented by Author Lucianne Lavin.
Director of Research and Collections at the Institute for American Indian Studies
Winner of 2014 Connecticut Leage of History Organizations Award of Merit.
Sunday, November 9, 2:30 p.m. St. Peter's Church.

ccf logoPresented through the sponsorship
of the Connecticut Communty Foundation

2014 Peach Festival Honored Home-town Heroes:
Military Servicemen and Women of Oxford

The Oxford Historical Society held their annual Peach Festival on Saturday, August 23, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall.  We enjoyed record attendance at this year's event.

The displays incluced photos of Oxford's military servicemen and women.  The photos on display are now available for viewing on Pinterest:

A special feature of the Peach Festival was the display of a series of letters written by Oxford Civil War Soldier, Albert Kimberly, to his wife during the months before his death in Louisiana.   These letters were transcribed by Ashley Sanders, recent Oxford High School graduate and honor student.  To see a video featuring the Kimberly letters, to to

The Peach Festival featured home-made peach shortcake, fresh local peaches, and Rich Farm peaches and cream ice cream.  Thanks to all who attended and all who helped make the event possible.

Vintage Vehicle Show at Homestead - June 1st

The Oxford Historical Society held its first Vintage Vehicle Show on Sunday, June 1, from 1 - 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead Museum
Photos from the event are located Here:
Driveway Paving Project Advances

Thanks for your support!  Members and friends of the Oxford Historical Society have donated over $7,200 towards the paving of the Homestead driveway and parking area.  The Society participated in the online donation programs sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. 

Both these foundations have supported the Historical Society in our years-long effort to save the 1750's farmhouse and to prepare it for serving as Oxford's first museum, as well as a history education center.  These online donations bring us closer to our goal of a paved driveway that will provide safe parking and access to the building regardless of the weather.  Thank you for your interest and support. We expect the paving to be completed this fall.

Oxford Historical  Society earns Gold Seal from  GuideStar Exchange
The Oxford Historical Society, Inc. has received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates the Society's deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.
     The Society has worked diligently to fulfill our mission.  We have a commitment in being transparent about our efforts to encourage historic preservation and appreciation in Oxford.  As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar's immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.

Museum Hours:
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
The 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 

The 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 Trust website:

"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 achievement. "
Source: http://www.cttrust.org/12635

Harriet's Quilt
An Oxford signature quilt from before the Civil War.
See information on the quilt and on the people who made and signed it:
Download a free Kindle copy of the book "Chauncey Judd,
or a Boy Stolen,"
by Israel P. Warren.
Story of burglary and kidnapping during the American Revolution, with parts of the story taking place in Oxford.

To download, RIGHT CLICK HERE and choose SAVE AS. 
The exhibit can be seen during museum open hours from 2-4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month or by appointment.  For further information call 203 888-0230.
Native American Artifacts
on Display October 5 & 19, and Nov. 2
     The Twitchell-Rowland Homestead will feature a display of Native American artifacts found in Oxford. Most of the artifacts were found by the Nelson Cable family and Atwater C. Treat, both of Chestnut Tree Hill.
     A special feature will be a soapstone bowl recently donated to the Historical Society by Audrey Cable Linke.  The artifact display is in advance of the November 9 book talk by Lucianne Lavin at St. Peter's Church. The exhibit can be seen during museum open hours from 2-4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month or by appointment.  For further information call 203 888-0230.
     The exhibit can be seen during museum open hours from 2-4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month or by appointment.  For further information call 203 888-0230.


Vintage Sewing Accessories
Exhibited at The Homestead

Sewing exhibit- Phil & Loretta RowlandThe Twitchell Rowland Homestead Museum at 60 Towner Lane, Oxford recently featured the display "The Work Basket: Vintage Sewing Accessories, 1900 - 1950".

At left, Phil & Loretta Rowland view antique material samples. 

Below, Jane Hulbert examines the collection of antique darning eggs,needle cases, pin cushions, patterns and other items women used to make and mend family clothing. 

Jane Hulbert = sewing exhibit

Thanks to all who helped make the
Second Annual Old Homested Flea Market a Success!

T2014_06-21-14_OHS_Flea-markethe Oxford Historical Society sponsored its second annual Old Homestead Flea Market on June 21 at the Twitchell-Rowland Museum.  Thanks to all those who assisted the day of the sale, to our vendors, and to those who attended and helped make the day a financial success.  Special thanks go to Marcia Wrogg and Jane Hulbert, co-chairmen.

(Photo by Cindy Joy)

mystery house

Can you identify this mystery house in Oxford?  

The Historical Society is trying to identify the house depicted in this painting by  H. Reinhardt Lewis,  Some of his work was featured in an October 2013 exhibition at the Homestead.  Lewis moved to Petticoat Farm (now 55 Barry Road) in Oxford to fulfill his lifelong dream of being an independent, self-supporting artist. While living in the 18th Century farmhouse with his wife, Ella, and young son, William, he drew and painted the Depression era landscape of the dairy and chicken farms that made up this small New England town and the surrounding area. Given the economy, there was no market for his works, and he was forced to move on to employment as a draftsman for Vought-Sikorsky during World War II and as a package designer.

His daughter Peggy, Mrs. Robert Hillton, who arranged for the exhibit of his works, recently sent a photo of another painting, labeled, "Connecticut, 1936" on the back.  Persons who have suggestions of the location of the house are asked to contact Nancy Farnum at  203 888-0230

PEOPLE'S FAVORITES at the 2013 Peach Festival

Voted "Personal Favorite": Young Daniel Bonnett in early Ford
Click Here to see all the photos voted "People's Favorites"

John Clio book talk
Women's Work
in World War II 
Book talk with
author John Cilio.
May 5, 2013

Carolyn Ivanoff as Dolley MadisonCarolyn Ivanoff
Dolly Madison, left, chats with visitor at
March 17th program at the Homestead.  

Barnum, Tom Thumb and the TornadoMarion O'Keefe   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
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.

Residents are asked to help identify the students and teachers in the photographs.  You may see our growing collection here:

Oxford Centralized School:

1969-70 -MISSING!

More coming!

See how many
you can identify!
Please email your answers to: Photos@oxford-historical-society.org