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We are responsible for preserving all that has come to us from those who have come before us. We are equally responsible to those who will come after us.
Twitchell-Rowland Homestead
60 Towner Lane, Oxford, CT 096478
circa 1750
What a difference we have made in the past ten years!
August 2006 to Today!

The Oxford Historical Society has announced the establishment of a special Donor-Advised Fund to support the preservation of the Society's museum. The Twitchell-Rowland Homestead was built in the 1750's by Joseph Twitchell on Christian Street. Faced with demolition in 2006, the Society successfully moved the building to donated land on Towner Lane for permanent preservation.

Intensive fund-raising and volunteer work enabled the Society to open the building as a history education center and museum in 2012. The Society now seeks to assure that the building will be cared for and maintained as a public resource for generations to come. To fulfill that goal, the Society chose the Connecticut Community Foundation to oversee designated funds that will be available for the major non-recurring expenses the Society will face in the future.

The Connecticut Community Foundation provides professional management of the Society's financial assets. Individual donations, legacies and bequests can all be designated for the fund. The Society has established the fund with more than $2,000 with gifts raised through the GreatGive and GiveLocal online donation drives and the 2015 and 2016 Annual Peach Festivals.

The fund will be invested to provide money for non-recurring expenses at the Homestead, especially the large capital expenses that come with long-term maintenance.  Management by the Connecticut Community Foundation will insure that these assets are available when the Society needs them.
As the fund grows, it will help support the Society when major repairs or upgrades, such as a new heating system, roof repair or replacement, or new siding, are needed. In addition, we have long dreamed of a barn to provide additional display and storage space. Applying the fund to these projects will insure the Society's ability to preserve the rural atmosphere of Oxford's history and heritage.

The Society will be participating in a Giving Tuesday donation program on November 29, as part of our kick-off to building up our donor advised fund to meet future needs. For those who like to donate online, future emails will give details and the link for donations on Nov 29th. In addition, donation checks marked “Preservation Fund,” can be mailed to the Oxford Historical Society, PO Box 582, Oxford, Connecticut anytime during November or December. Those seeking additional information may call Dorothy DeBisschop at 203-888-4159 or visit
www.oxford-historical-society.org <http://www.oxford-historical-society.org>.

Working together, we can plan for and assure that the long-term needs of this valuable piece of Oxford’s rural heritage can be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.Thanks in advance for any support you can provide for this effort.

Sincerely, the Oxford Historical Society Executive Board
Planning for 2017!

The Society will hold its annual meeting and election of 2017 officers on Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m. at the Homestead. All officers and executive board memberships are scheduled for election.  The executive committee will present a slate of officers and nominations from the floor are also encouraged.

The coming 2017 year promises to be filled with interesting and active programs, exhibits and events.

First among these will be a program on the Stevenson Dam, which began construction 100 years ago in June 1917 and opened in 1919. John Babina will return with his fascinating program of slides and history of the construction of the dam, changing forever the Stevenson area of Oxford, Newtown, Monroe and Southbury. The program is scheduled for Jan 15 at 2 p.m. at the Riverside Fire station. A snow date of Feb 12 is reserved in case of bad weather.

The Second Annual Fiber Fest will be held April 22 and 23. Featured will be shearing, spinning, and weaving demonstrations, as well as hands-on experience with drop spindles and looms.

On May 7, Watertown Town Historian Stephanie Lantierre of the CT Gravestone Network will lead a cemetery walk and talk. Stephanie was recently honored with a prestigious Award of Merit by the American Association for State and Local History at their National Conference held in Detroit, Michigan. The Award was for her leadership and dedication to improving the professional practices of the Avery Memorial Association.

Other annual events to be scheduled include the annual flea market in the spring and the peach festival at the end of the summer. The annual members meeting will be held in November and will feature a special program of interest to members and friends.

In addition, the Homestead will continue to be open the first and third Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m. Also weaving programs for youth & adults and special programs for scouts are available upon request throughout the year. 

Homestead Sign Dedicated

The new sign at the Homestead was dedicated on October 2nd in honor of Myrtle Rowland, a charter member and benefactor of the Homestead. Below is a photo of the Rowland family at the dedication ceremonies.

Left Side of Sign:  Left to Right: Karen Rowland, Haley Rowland, Edward Rowland, Charles Rowland.

Right Side of Sign: Left to Right: 
Front Row:  Caleb Keith-Lucas, Heather Keith-Lucas, Connor Rowland, Erin Rowland, Peter Rowland.
Back Row: Fred Rowland, Dr. Fred Rowland, Jr., Philip Rowland, Loretta Rowland, Barbara Rowland, Darwin Keith-Lucas, Geoffrey Rowland
All donations will go for the long-term preservation of the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead and future non-recurring expenses. Funds will be managed by the Connecticut Community Foundation

Thanksgiving in Oxford - 1800's