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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

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Old Homestead Flea Market:

June 18

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.

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.

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.)

Contact any Officer

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:

Oxford's Hometown Heroes (Download PDF document Here)
A compilation of photos featured of
Oxford Serviceen and Women, for the 2014 Peach Festival.

We welcome additional photos at any time: dottie@oxford-historical-society.org



Civil War

Civil War


World War I


World War II

Art Show Opening, May 15

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While 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 free. 

            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 203 888-0230.

More Photos from the 2016 Fiber Fest, CLICK HERE
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Harger photo
Alfred Harger Photo Collection,
1930's and 40's now online

Museum Hours:
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
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

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.