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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

OSHS Annual Meeting, Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Annual Meeting of the Old Saybrook Historical Society will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the General William Hart House on the Society's Hart House Campus.  A social gathering with refreshments will precede the meeting a begin at 5pm.  Join us for the meeting!


Cypress Cemetery Tour, October 30, 2016

Join us on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 4pm for our annual tour of one of the oldest continuously operating cemeteries in the country.  Laid out in 1635, "the ancient burial ground" served the Saybrook Plantation in the early days of the colony.  Donations are $5.

Join us!  Call 860-395-1635 with questions.




James Family Letters

Many will recall that the Old Saybrook Historical Society is partnering with Liz Petry and her family - the Petrys and the James' - and the Middlesex County Community Foundation on a documentary film project about that amazing family.  You've seen posts here about Liz' mother, author Ann Petry (shown at left with Liz and at right), and great aunt pharmacist Ms. James of James Pharmacy in Old Saybrook.  To find out more about the status of the project, click on the following link:    




The Hart House and Stevenson Archives are now virtual:





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