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Welcome to the Old Saybrook Historical Society!

Our Mission:  To preserve, protect and promote the history of Old Saybrook.

The Old Saybrook Historical Society welcomes you to its home page and invites you to navigate through to discover what we have to offer!  The rich history of Old Saybrook found in historical homes, artifacts, documents, letters, etc. was in danger of disappearing or being destroyed if an organization to implement the preservation of these items was not formed.  A group of twenty concerned citizens decided to address this serious problem by creating the Old Saybrook Historical Society in 1958.  Under the able direction of the first president, Frank Tinsley, a noted historian, author and scientific illustrator a formal Constitution incorporating the Society was established in 1966. 





Upcoming Happenings and Events

Old Saybrook Historical Society's "Showcase of Homes"
September 10, 2016

The Hosting for History "Showcase of Homes" will take place on Saturday, September 10th from 10am to 4pm.  Join us for a tour of six homes (three on historic North Cove, one in Knollwood, one in Fenwood and one on Ferry Road) spanning four centuries that grace Old Saybrook plus the General William Hart House.  The tour will be held rain or shine.  Although several homes are in close proximity, this is not completely a "walking tour".  Local crafters invite you to shop the General William Hart House Boutique, 350 Main Street from 9:30am-4:30pm.

The beautiful home pictured at left is just one of the six private residences that will be a part of the tour!

Tickets purchased in advance are $25 and $30 the day of the tour and will go on sale on July 20th.  Tickets sold at the Frank Stevenson Archives Building, 350 Main Street on Thursday mornings 9AM-Noon or mail checks payable to OSHS, P.O. Box 4, Old Saybrook, Ct 06475.

In addition to purchase at the Archives, tickets may be purchased after July 20th at Mar Floral and Botanical, 140 Main Street, Old Saybrook. Tuesday - Thursday, 11am to 5pm, Fridays 9am to 5pm, and Saturdays, 9am to 1pm;  Saybrook Country Barn, and The Wine Cask at the Saybrook Shopping Center.

Please include a self-stamped and addressed envelope.  If your order is received by September 1st of 2016, we will mail tickets back to you.  After that date, they will be held at the Archives for pick up September 10th.  For more information or questions, please visit our website:  www.saybrookhistory.org or call (860) 395-1635

Major sponsors for the Showcase of Homes, 2016 are Hadass and Matthew Rubin, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, The Wine Cask, Donna and Bill DiBella, Guilford Savings Bank, Merrill Lynch and Saybrook Ford/New England Power and AllWaste.




Hart House Open for Tours on Wednesdays Too!

As a part of the Old Saybrook Economic Development Commission's and Chamber of Commerce's "Wednesdays in Saybrook" program, the General William Hart House at 350 Main Street will be open on Wednesday afternoons for the rest of the summer.  In addition to the regular tours from 1p to 4p on Saturdays and Sundays, it will be open from 1p to 3p on Wednesdays!






Come See the Society's "Remembering World War II" Exhibit

Running through Sunday, August 28, 2016

The exhibit in the Hart House Gallery will be open on Wednesdays (1p-3p), Saturdays (1p-4p) and Sundays (1p-4p) with viewing available by appointment at other times.

For information, call (860) 395-1635 or email us at contact@saybrookhistory.org




Hart House Poetry Reading, August 27 3:30p to 5:00p 

Poetry reading by members of the Connecticut River Poets who visited the Hart House many times and wrote poems inspired by what they saw and heard. A chapbook with the poems will provide a written memory of their work.

The cover design at right was done by our friend AC Proctor of Essex Printing in Essex.
Public invited!




American Battlefields Project and the Saybrook Fort Dig, September 25, 2016

Vicky Duffy (formerly Pashebashauke) Pavilion at Saybrook Point

September 25 Sunday 2 to 3:30 at the Pavilion David Naumac and Dr. Kevin McBride will discuss the final report on the American Battlefields project funded by the Department of the Interior. Much of the focus will be on the findings pertaining to the Saybrook Fort dig completed in 2015.

The highlight for the Society will be the presentation of the artifacts from the dig that we will receive. More information about this event coming in August.


The Hart House and Stevenson Archives are now virtual:





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