Barkhamsted Historical Society
100 East River Road, PO Box 94
Pleasant Valley, Connecticut 06063
Phone: 860 738-2456

Squire's Tavern Hours
Sundays 1:00 - 4:00pm
Wednesdays  9:00 - 12:00


Upcoming Events

Old Fashion Ice Cream Social 
Saturday, July 19 from 2:00PM
Squires Tavern

Site Highlights

Learn about and explore Barkhamsted's history.
The Community section of this website consist of:
Short tour of historic sites in Barkhamsted.
One of our goals is to record current events, cultural happenings and what now may seem to be some of the more mundane tidbits of everyday life in this town of Barkhamsted, Connecticut.  We feel that as time passes, the information preserved here will provide a fascinating glimpse of "the way things used to be".
The Barkhamsted Historical Society is an all volunteer organization with no paid employees.  We accept genealogical inquiries but unfortunately we just do not have the resources to help you with more than just basic questions.  Click here for information on how to contact us.  

If you would like to volunteer to research genealogical inquiries, we would be most grateful!  We desperately need help in this area.  If you have any interest at all, PLEASE contact us!
 Upcoming, recent and past activities of the Barkhamsted Historical Society (current and most recent stuff at the top).  For additional information and photos involving work at the Squire's Tavern and other happenings and issues, please visit our Historical Society Log. 

  Maps Available

 1874 Map of Barkhamsted

Purchase 1874 Barkhamsted Map
The Historical Society is selling reprints of the F. W. Beers 1874 map of Barkhamsted.  This colorful map (shown above) shows the 12 old school districts and has most of the houses (with owners names) that existed at that time.  The map is on heavy textured paper, measures 13.75 inches by 21 inches and is suitable for framing.  It is available for $7 at Historical Society events such as the flea markets, annual meetings and open house days at the Squire's Tavern.  It is also available by mail for the price of $10 including shipping.  Proceeds from the sale of these maps help support Historical Society activities. 


Barkhamsted Heritage
We have a limited number of this comprehensive Barkhamsted History Book. First published in 1975 and reprinted in 1990. 345 pages (softcover).
  Purchase includes a 1 year
BHS Membership

Puchase Barkhamsted Heritage
Barkhamsted Schoolhouses
The Early Schoolhouses of Barkhamsted written by Michael Day. 36 pages (booklet).
With pictures and accompanying text we provide an introduction to the basics of 19th century education along with a brief history of the various districts that served the neighborhoods of Barkhamsted.
  Puchase Early Schoolhouses of Barkhamsted

Join the Historical Society

The Historical Society is always looking for the support of new members.  If you want to become an active member and/or work on one of our projects or special committees, we definitely want to hear from you!




The Barkhamsted Historical Society is working to preserve and share the history and culture of the Connecticut town of Barkhamsted.  In these pages we hope to share with you information, sights and flavors of Barkhamsted, past and present.

Old Fashion Ice Cream Social July 19,2014

The Barkhamsted Historical Society is having an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social on Saturday July 19th @ 2pm at Squire's Tavern,100 East River Rd,Barkhamsted. Come and spend the afternoon playing the games our ancestors played: croquet, badminton and horseshoes ,while you enjoy ice cream with all the fixin's for $1 per scoop! Bring your whole family and even dress in old fashioned clothes if you want to.Hope to see you all there! Questions call:Noreen Watson 860 738 1152  

"Legend of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Tribe,Fact or Fiction?"  Sheryl Robinson

August 1st, 7pm at the Barkhamsted Senior Center,109 West river Rd,Pleasant Valley,Ct.Join us for an interesting and enlightening evening as Sheryl Robinson,wife of a Barkhamsted tribe descendant whose own  family ancestry claims at least 10 founders of Windsor,Connecticut. shares what she has unearthed about this unusual enclave which appeared around 1740 and lasted for over 100 years right in our neighborhood.She has been fascinated with family research since childhood and wanted to know more about the truth behind the Lighthouse Tribe story that we all have heard. Learn about the life of Native Americans in the Northeast in the mid 18th century.Admission is free and refreshments will be served.Bring the whole family!Questions call:Noreen Watson 860 738 1152    

"A Walk Through Time"  with Paul Hart

August 9th,10 am Paul will lead a "Walk Through Time" hike of about 1 mile,with about a dozen stops along the way to discuss the features and landscape that you would have seen here in various points in time including the big farm that was here in the 1800's and the tree nursery that was operated by the State in the 1950's.Meet at the big parking lot near the Pavilion in People's forest at 10am and join Paul as he leads you in a circle past Squire's Tavern,the Nature Museum and along the River back to the pavilion.This is  a once a year hike so be sure you don't miss out this time!Questions call:Noreen Watson 860 738 1152


The 24-page booklet, Barkhamsted Lighthouse, by Dr. Ken Feder, tells the story of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse community, and the archaeological research by Dr. Feder and his team. Price $15 includes shipping.


Take a virtual tour of Squires Tavern

View Larger Map

Click in the image and drag to view in 360 degrees. Click the arrows to advance to next panorama.

The Squire's Tavern Store now has mugs,trivets and refrigerator magnets for purchase.The mugs come in 3 styles and cost $10 each,the trivets are $15 each and feature several scenes from Barkhamsted, and the magnets come in 3 styles and cost $5 each.Great ideas for gifts.Stop in and see!

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