60 Towner Lane, Oxford
Oxford Historical Society's
Center & Museum
Homestead Flea Market:
The annual Flea Market will be held June 18 from 9 a.m.
to 2 p.m. at the Homestead, 60 Towner Lane, Oxford. Vendors may rent space for
$15 by contacting Jane Hulbert at 203-734-4446. The Flea Market will also offer
a variety of plants. Members and friends with plants to donate should speak
with Louise Burr at 203-888-9385. The Society will have a table of tag sale
items and a refreshment stand. Volunteers to help with this may call 203-734-4446.
Thanks to our Donors
Our thanks go to the
Connecticut Community Foundation and the Valley Community Foundation whose Give
Local and Great Give programs provided $710 for preservation of the Homestead. Special thanks go to the individuals who
donated through the online program.
Those who were unable to donate because of the server problems and those
who do not normally use online purchases or donations can still donate to the
preservation fund by sending a check to Oxford Historical Society, Inc., PO Box
582, Oxford, CT 06478 or donating at any of our open houses at the Homestead. Your donations will be used to establish a permanent trust to fund the preservation of the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead.
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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.)
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 |
Show Opening, May 15
J. Henry Eames spent his working life as a noted American architect, his love
of painting in watercolors filled his leisure time from his youth in the gold
mines of West Africa to his retirement in Oxford. Eames’ works vary from portraits of Gold
Coast natives to pastoral scenes of his wife’s ducks on their Oxford Farm.
The Twitchell-Rowland Homestead
Museum will open the first display ever of J. Henry Eames’ art on Sunday, May
15, from 2-4 p.m. Located at 60 Towner
Lane in Oxford, it is open on the first and third Sundays of each month from
2-4 p.m. or by appointment. Admission is
The grandfather of Louise N. Burr,
President of the Oxford Historical Society, J. Henry Eames was born in England
in 1859, but came to the United States as a baby. Trained in draftsmanship and architectural
drawing in England, he worked as an architect in Boston, New York City and
Patterson, New Jersey. He designed a
wide variety of buildings and sculptures including The Founder’s Tomb at St.
John the Divine Church, The Tree of Jesse in Trinity Churchyard and the brick
buildings at West Point.
About 1910, Eames and his wife,
Eleanor, and their family moved to a farm on Christian Street in Oxford, first
as a summer home and later, year round.
In the last years of his life, he lived in a small house on Larkey Road,
the final structure that he planned and built.
He died in 1949.
For further information call 203
|More Photos from the 2016 Fiber Fest, CLICK HERE
Alfred Harger Photo Collection,
1930's and 40's now online
First and Third Sundays of each month
2 - 4 p.m.
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:
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. 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.