New Hartford, CT Historical Society

Welcome to the New Hartford, CT Historical Society.


SATURDAY, AUG 15, 2015

2 Tours at 10:00 and 1:00
Free, limited tour Space
Reserve your space by Aug 5th: Call Pat at 860-922-4508 for reservations and directions.
Come join the Army Corps of Engineers on a walking tour of the dam. Find out how they protect and serve our community.

Saturday 3:00 to 6:00 at the New Hartford Town Hall Senior Center
($10 suggested donation (free for members))
Come hang out and learn about the 1955 Flood that changed our community forever. Hear firsthand dramatic accounts and learn about our virtual tour. Come enjoy a beverage, snack, and a good discussion with our Town Historian. Lean about our Farmington River

Tour the Dam and learn from the Army Corps of Engineers

Learn the impact of the 1955 flood

Find out about our new virtual flood tour

537 Main St.
New Hartford, CT
Wednesdays 7-9

Coming Exhibits

We are planning a photo intensive exhibit to open in the summer of 2015. It will focus on one of the most dramatic single events to ever occur in the region. One which literally changed the face of the region. Check back soon for more information and how you, or your relatives, may be able to help us.

What do you, or your parents or relatives, recall from the summer of 1955? A flood perhaps? The great Flood of 1955 literally changed the maps of northwestern Connecticut. If you have any memorabilia, information, photographs, personal/family recollections from this event, we want to know! We will happily make copies of original material or accept donations.

Coming Events

The Eleventh Annual New Hartford Historical Society Wine Tasting

Come have a glass of wine with us!

September 11th, 2015


Ski Sundown, New Hartford, CT

$25 per person at the door (or in advance)

We always have a wide selection of wines, beers, and local food from our many area restaurants.

Good food, good wine, good music, and great company!

Past Events

“A View of 19th Century Brick Houses:

By David Krimmel, New Hartford town historian emeritus

January 22nd, 2015, 7pm

New Hartford Town Hall, Senior Center

Open to the public, donations gratefully accepted.

David Krimmel, former Town Historian, will present his research on the 18 extant brick houses which were built in New Hartford during the 1800’s. He will present data taken from property transaction as well as from conversations with many of the current owners. Additionally, he has researched many of the original families to supplement the data files. Current photos and a map will be included in the presentation.

Thanks Everyone! It was a great night!

10th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser

September 12th, Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ski Sundown, New Hartford, CT.

The main fundraising event of the year for the society; this event has become the kick-off event for the winter season in New Hartford, with many people coming back into town after the summer away.  Good wine, good food, good music, and good conversation, at a pleasant location.  Please be patrons to our supporters and let them know you heard of them through NHHS!  Thank you for your support.

Update:  We had a wonderful time tasting new wines and eating fabulous food.  Please take a look at our sponsors.


Past Events

September 25th, 7:00 p.m., New Hartford Town Hall

Native Americans of Northwest Connecticut.

Join us for a lecture on the Native American tribes of Northwest Connecticut. We will be learning about some of the tribes who called Northwestern Connecticut their home.  Far from isolated, these tribes had a culture and society which ranged from the Long Island Sound to the Hudson River, a complex network of seasonal trade and hunting routes.  7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2013. New Hartford Town Hall, 530 Main St., New Hartford.

Thank You to Everyone who made our 9th Annual Wine Tasting a Major Success! We couldn’t have done it without you!

September 13th, Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ski Sundown, New Hartford Ct.  New Hartford Historical Society’s 9th Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser.

We would particularly like to thank the Bookfriends of Beekley Library, New Hartford, for their gracious last minute support, which made the event possible.  Thank you!


Now Open: A presentation on the Prominent Women of New Hartford.

An exhibit on some of the prominent women of New Hartford, this includes opera singers, authors, and leaders of the civic and cultural community.  This is free (though donations are always welcome!) and open to the public.  This exhibit adds on to our October 24, 2012 lecture on the Prominent Women.  It features artifacts, books, and recordings of performances by Alma Gluck and Tersa Stich-Randall.

New Hartford has never been known as a ‘destination’ town.  However, it has had a long, proud, and quiet tradition of welcoming either returning famous individuals, as it might be Clara Louise Kellogg, or well-known people seeking a place conducive to productive, creative work, as it might be Nelia Gardener White.  These were women who were at once members of a small, New England town and internationally known celebrities, equally happy perhaps to sing at a community event or at the great opera houses of Europe.  They were independent women; their identities separate from, though often intimately connected with, their families and husbands.

If you wish to learn a bit more, do join us.  The list includes, in no particular order:  Clara Louise Kellogg, Julie Palmer Smith, Nelia Gardener White, Lillian Ludlam, Teresa Stich-Randall, Alma GLuck, Marcia Davenport, and Chloe Langston Hughes.

The exhibit is open on Wednesdays from 7-9pm and on the second Saturday of every month from 12-2pm.

This presentation is made possible in part by the New Hartford Women’s Club.  We thank them for their generous support.

Regular Hours

We are open every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 p.m. as well as the second Saturday of every month from noon-2:00 p.m. or by appointment.  Please feel free to stop by during our open hours or to call us at 860-379-6894 to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to seeing you!