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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

Homestead Decorated for the Holidays

The Oxford Historical Society will feature a Christmas Bazaar at the Homestead during our December open houses, Dec. 6 and 20, from 2 to 4 p.m.  A variety of Christmas items and home-made jellies will be available, as well as other new and gently used items.

The colonial homestead will also feature a variety of Christmas decorations, plus a collection of different nativity scenes. The Society would appreciate the loan of unusual or older nativity scenes for the display. The nativity scenes can be displayed in the Homestead's locked display cases. Persons who would like their nativity scenes displayed may contact Nancy Farnum at 203-888-0230.

The History of Christmas in Connecticut
Town Historian, Dorothy A. DeBisschop, will present an illustrated PowerPoint talk on the History of Christmas in Connecticut, on Dec. 6, at 2:30 p.m. Come hear surprising details of how the holiday was observed in Connecticut's colonial times and how it changed over the years.

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:


Mystery Photo:
Can you guess the purpose of this mystery item?
Mystery item  Mystery item - base
Found by a stone wall on an Oxford farm.
You may submit your guess by email to:
or stop in at the Homestead (Dec 6 or 20 2-4 p.m.)
and place your entry into our Mystery Item jar.  Entries will be accepted through December 20th and the answer and winners will be announced that day at 4 p.m.

Loom Restoration and Warping Continues
Christine & Jan
Christine Wilkinson and Jan Galloway work on the Society's barn loom, preparing the warp that will be used for weaving on the colonial-era machine.

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.