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

Kandie Carle:
April 11th 7pm
Barkhamsted Senior Center

Spring Activities:
April 12th  1pm
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.

April 11,2014 at 7pm - Kandie Carle gives a performance of" The Victorian Lady". 

The Barkhamsted Historical Society invites you to join us on Friday,April 11th at 7PM at the Barkhamsted Senior Center,109 West River Rd,Pleasant Valley,CT, for a special one woman show by Ms.Carle as she takes the audience on a journey of discovery by using clothing and accessories as a tool.She dresses in layer upon layer of the clothing of the chosen period (1860's) and as each piece is added,she explains how it was worn,as well as when and where it was appropriate.Throughout the presentation she shares insights into the clothing,lifestyle,manners,etiquette and customs of men,women and children.Included are interesting annecdotes and 'myth busting'.The performance is full of audience interaction and edited for those attending.

Seating is limited to 90 people. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Questions call:Noreen Watson 860 738-1152 

The Barkhamsted Historical Society invites you to attend some Spring activities at the Squire's Tavern,100 East River Rd,Barkhamsted on Sat. April 12th @ 1pm.

Come watch and learn with us:
We will have a live sheep shearing demonstration by two of our members.Also Barkhamsted resident fly fishing expert, David Sweeney will teach us what we need and how to start learning to fly fish, as so many who come from all over the country do right in the Farmington River in Pleasant Valley. Dave will have extra poles along so you can try it for yourself. Save the date and come on down! 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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