New Hartford, CT Historical Society

Welcome to the New Hartford, CT Historical Society.

14th Annual New Hartford Historical Society Wine Tasting
Thank you to all of our vendors, sponsors, and nearly 380 guests! It was a very social evening with music provided by the Connecticut Guitar Society. Your support is helping to keep the lights on so that we can move forward on some new projects and a revitalized board.

As the main fundraising event of the year for the society, this evening has become the kick-off event for the winter season in New Hartford, with many people coming back into town after the summer away and many preparing to leave the Northeast for warmer climates.  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!

Past Events


Trains of New Hartford,  Presented by Anne Hall, Town Historian.

7 p.m. on November 3rd, New Hartford Town Hall.

Watsons of New Hartford and Their Houses: 1734 to 1854. Presented by David Krimmel, Town Historian Emeritus.

7 p.m. on February 4, 2015 at the New Hartford Town Hall. We had an excellent evening, learning about the many houses owned by the Watson family over a period of 150 years.

Thanks to everyone for an awesome event on the Flood of ’55! You can see the digital tour here: Virtual 1955 Tour

The posters, photos, and interviews will be able at the New Hartford Historical Society for the foreseeable future. We are always open on Wednesdays 7-9 pm.

529 Main Street
New Hartford, CT
Wednesdays 7PM-9PM

A View of 19th Century Brick Houses, Presented 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

Native Americans of Northwest Connecticut

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

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.

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.

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. 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!