60 Towner Lane, Oxford
Oxford Historical Society''s
Center & Museum
First and Third Sundays of each month
2 - 4 p.m.
"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. 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.
Society seeks venders for June 22 Flea Market
The first Old Homestead Flea
Market, sponsored by the Oxford Historical Society, will be held Saturday, June
22 from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sale
will be at the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead, 60 Towner Lane, Oxford. The Society
is seeking venders to purchase sites at $15.00 for the day of the sale.
Applications and regulations
are available Here or
by calling 203-734-4446. Reservations for
venders will be available until June 15 or until sold out.
Funds from the flea market
will aid in the restoration and preservation of the Twitchell-Rowland
Homestead. The Homestead was built circa
1750 by Joseph Twitchell. When the
building was slated for demolition, the Oxford Historical Society was allowed
to move the building onto donated land.
Since then, members and community volunteers have worked to restore and
preserve the building.
As the Society’s
headquarters, the Homestead provides space for the preservation of local
artifacts. The Society is dedicated
to preserving and encouraging community interest in the history
of Oxford, Connecticut. The building is used for the display and
storage of local artifacts. The building
is also used for presenting interesting history programs to the public.
The Homestead Museum is open
the public on the first and third Sundays of each month from 2 to 4 p.m.
in World War II
Book talk with
author John Cilio.
May 5, 2013
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: