Barkhamsted Historical Society
100 East River Road, PO Box 94
Pleasant Valley, Connecticut 06063
 
Phone: 860 738-2456
email: history at barkhamstedhistory.org
(replace "at" with the @ sign)

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


Join the Barkhamsted Historical Society




 
 
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 $12 including shipping.  Proceeds from the sale of these maps help support Historical Society activities. 
 

Books

Barkhamsted Heritage
We have a limited number of this comprehensive Barkhamsted History Book. First published in 1975 and reprinted in 1990. 345 pages (softcover).  Price: $25 at the Tavern, or $32 by mail (price includes shipping).
  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.  Price: $7.00 at the Tavern or $10 by mail (price includes shipping).
  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!

 

Greetings:

 

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.

   BARKHAMSTED   HISTORICAL  SOCIETY  EVENTS    



Barkhamsted Historical Society Events

The Barkhamsted Historical Society presents Dr. Ken Feder,State Archaeologist  speaking on the archaeological discoveries made at the Native American soapstone quarry in People’s forest. This site has recently been made an archaeological preserve by the State of Connecticut. The program will be held on May 13th at 7pm ,at the Barkhamsted Senior Center on West River Rd. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

Questions call: Noreen Watson 860 738-1152 or Paul Hart 860 379 1861.


Barkhamsted Historical Society Annual Tag Sale

BHS will hold their Annual Tag Sale May 6th & 7th postponed due to expected rain until June 17th & 18th. at the Barkhamsted Town Garage starting at 9am. We have lots of “new” additions as some of our members are downsizing! The Friends of the Winsted Library will also be selling books on June 18th. Hope to see you there!

Barkhamsted Historical Society "Walk Through Time"

On July 16 meet at Squire’s Tavern,100 East River Rd. at 10 am, and join Paul Hart for a short hike where he will explain how the scenery has changed over time. There will be about a dozen stops along the trail where Paul will describe the way the area would have looked in the 1800’s. Stops include: Squire’s Tavern, the Nature museum, the remains of a charcoal hearth, the site of the tree nursery and many more. Wear comfortable shoes for the walk and dress appropriately. This is a once a year event so be sure not to miss it! The hike is about 1 mile long and should last about an hour and a half. Some of the terrain is on uneven ground.

Questions call:Noreen Watson 860 738-1152




BARKHAMSTED'S ONE  ROOM  SCHOOLHOUSE  


The Barkhamsted Historical Society's one room schoolhouse, the old Center School on Center Hill Road (Rt. 181) in Barkhamsted


Center School circa 1912

Barkhamsted Center Schoolhouse circa 1912 - Teacher is Miss Frederick    






 


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 $5 at the Tavern or $10 by mail (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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