245 Main Street

Deep River, CT. 06417

Visiting Hours

Summer Hours Sundays 1:00-4:00 pm Thursday 10:00 am-noon.

245 Main Street

Deep River, CT 06417

Visiting Hours

By Appointment Only

News

On Sunday afternoon October 2nd, the Deep River Historical Society and the Chester Historical Societies welcome Erik Hesselberg to the Chester Meeting House. This well-known author and Haddam native will be speaking about steamboats on the CT River (1815 to 1931) and his most recent book Night Boat to New York.  Erik Hesselberg has been writing about the Connecticut River 
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Elizabeth Woodland was born in 1921, the daughter of Stuart and Elvera Woodland of Rattling Valley Rd. She was a graduate of Deep River High School and Becker College. In 1943 she enlisted in the Woman’s Army Air Corps, one of only six women from Deep River who enlisted in any branch of service during World War II. She trained 
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This small town of Saybrook, as we were known then, sent 416 young men and women off to war. Eighty-five families sent more than one son or daughter. Anna Miezejeski had six stars hanging on her kitchen door for her five sons and one son-in-law. That’s a lot of worry for one mother. Fortunately, they all came home. Joe Miezejeski 
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In March of 1943, a group of 13 Deep River “Boys” left together and formed a Combat Engineers Unit which kept them together throughout the war.  Stanley Stopa enlisted at the age of 19 years in the U.S. Army. Stan left by bus from East Hampton, CT with 13 other “boys” from Deep River and entered active service in the 
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Eighty-five families sent more than one son or daughter to war. This week we take a look at the Adamcyk family, John, Ray, and Stanley.  John was the oldest of the three brothers at age 38 years and served the shortest time in the U.S Army. Having been inducted into the U.S. Army on August 29, 1942, he was transferred 
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Edith May Anderson is one of seven women who enlisted during WWII from (Saybrook)  Deep River. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy and earned the rank of Yeoman 3rd class. Prior to enlisting, Edith worked as the secretary of R. W. Stevens in the procurement department of Pratt, Read & Co. An article printed in the Leading Edge (the company 
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At age 29 Vic enlisted in the Army in 1943 and was stationed at Fort Blanding, Florida. He described his stay there like this, “The weather is very hot.  We start off at 7:45 am for our basic training, and at 5:45 pm we have retreat. I am with a swell group of soldiers. I’m a cannoneer on the 155 
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In January of 1943 three seniors left Deep River High School to enter service. Herbert Kurze, an outstanding athlete from the class of 43 was inducted into the army on Jan 30th with fellow classmates Robert Ressler, and Lewis Francis. The Journalism Club dedicated the second edition of “This Year” the Deep River High School yearbook to the members of 
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Town’s name changed to Deep River! Governor James L. McConaughy signed a bill written by Joe Waz and Ossian Ray officially changing our name to Deep River on June 2, 1947, effective July 1, 1947. It’s Official! No longer will the people wonder why Deep River is legally called Saybrook. Governor James McConaughy before a group of Deep River citizens 
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Deep River Historical Society will open its doors for the Summer Season on Saturday, June 4th from 1:00-4:00 pm and feature our newest exhibit, “Remembering Our World War II Veterans.” It’s been 80 years since the United States became involved in World  War II and 416 Deep River “boys” and “girls” answered their country’s call. Fourteen of them gave the 
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The practice of decorating the graves of fallen soldiers for Memorial Day dates back to the end of the Civil War. Memorial Day is a day to remember those who served and died for our freedom. The Deep River Historical Society has created a new exhibit highlighting the faces and personal stories of those men and women who served during 
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Eric Mengler, a Senior student at Valley Regional High School created this video of Deep River Historical Society’s Suffragette exhibit that ran from 2020 to 2021. He photographed and researched archives to create this video as part of his capstone project.  DRHS is so thankful for Eric’s hard work in making this video! We wish him and the entire class of ’22 
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The Board of Trustees has voted to hold the Annual Meeting in person this year. This was a difficult decision, but with COVID numbers coming down we felt it was important to host an in-person meeting. We will ask everyone to wear a mask and seats will be placed at intervals. We will not hold a pot luck supper.  Annual 
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Deep River Historical Society celebrates Black History Month by remembering its citizens who contributed so much to their community.  Billy Winter’s story touched and inspired so many lives here and throughout the state. Winter Avenue is named for him and the home he built still stands on this street.  The Mitchell family were emancipated slaves who arrived in Deep River 
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Annual Meeting to be held Wednesday, March 16th at 7 pm.  Please watch the website for information on where it will be held. We are hoping for an in-person meeting however, we need to be cognizant of covid issues and it may again need to be virtual. So, stay tuned.  Jeff Hostetler is not running for re-election. We will be 
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The Society is grateful for the continued support of CT Humanities, the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, and the Westbrook Family.  Without the financial support of these organizations, Deep River Historical Society would struggle to serve its community.  Connecticut Humanities, the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has awarded Deep River Historical Society a $10,000.00 
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Christmas is the season of light. The Society is selling LUMINARIES for $25.00. Please consider joining us in lighting up Deep River this holiday season by decorating a luminary in honor of or in memory of someone in your life who was the light of your life. Someone who brought you joy. The kit will include everything you need to 
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Deep River Historical Society invited Simon R. LaPlace to give an informative talk at the Carriage House on September 23, 2021. He has recorded his talk and divided it into two parts.  Part 1 entitled “Who Do You Think You Are?” traces Simon’s family roots back to the Mayflower voyage of 1620. So many of the families that made their 
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Located at 245 Main Street, this historic structure has been the home of the Deep River Historical Society for 75 years!  Built by Ezra Southworth in 1842, of local granite from the Southworth quarries, the Greek Revival style home has seen many changes over the years. Three generations of the Southworth family lived here.  Made of local granite this home 
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Columbia was created by C.D. Batchelor in 1943. She was unveiled at the Deep River Library by Delores Smith, age 10, sister of Corporal Joseph Smith, the first Deep River “boy” to be killed in World War II and Mr. Batchelor on November 19, 1943. In 1970, Columbia was moved to Library Park, now renamed Veteran’s Memorial Green, on Main 
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Ever wonder why there is a large stone baseball monument at Devitt’s Field or who George Desmond was? George Desmond is considered to be the “Father of Baseball in Middlesex County.” For decades he was the driving force behind the Middlesex County League which was a semi-pro baseball organization that included over 20 local teams.  George Desmond was born at 
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The Programs Committee has invited historians from the community to come and share their stories and knowledge of Deep River in a series of talks to be held in the Carriage House this fall and winter with Covid-19 restrictions in place for everyone’s safety. We welcome Simon R. LaPlace, probably best known as the past owner of the LaPlace’s Furniture 
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This week the focus is on Main Street, where so many of our businesses were repurposed from older businesses. This just reinforces what we talked about last week! That Deep River is a town with love and respect for the past, refurbishing old buildings and repurposing them rather than tearing them down to build new structures.  One of those businesses 
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Find the monument honoring our Revolutionary War Soldiers in Winthrop Cemetery.  It is the monument in front of the flagpole at Winthrop Cemetery, placed there for the Bicentennial and dedicated in 1976. A wreath is laid there every Memorial Day. The Revolutionary War monument for Deep River was a gift of the American Legion Post #61. These eight men all lived a 
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We started this challenge by locating the Deep River. Now it’s time to talk about the factories that took their power from that river.  Unfortunately, most of them are no longer standing due to age or fire. The Pratt, Read & Co. Factory built in 1881 still dominates Main Street and is a testament to the people in our community 
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Last week we took a look at the men who built ships in Deep River. This week’s challenge involves looking for the men who sailed the ships, sometimes known as “Blue Water Masters.”  Captain Calvin Williams built his stately home on Kirtland St in view of the CT River. It is the only other stone house in Deep River, located 
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This week’s challenge involves finding the home of one of Deep River’s shipbuilders, Eli Denison. This house is located on the corner of Phelps Lane and River Street, overlooking the Lace Factory and the CT River. This house is privately owned. Thomas Denison’s home is located at 7 High Street.  Thomas Denison and his son Eli, who had been building ships 
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This week’s challenge will take you to Winthrop to find a spot where the Denison Factory once was. It’s a great opportunity to stay and have a slice of pizza (hint hint). The G.W. Denison Factory was located on Route 80 in Winthrop and burned to the ground in 1910. Stop by this historic area and snap a photo of 
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In accordance with CDC guidelines, we ask that all visitors wear a mask while indoors at The Stone House or Carriage House, regardless of vaccination or not. We can’t wait to see you safely at The Stone House! Thank you, DRHS Staff
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When you look at a world map, Deep River, Connecticut is nowhere near the continent of Africa. In fact, the two are separated by a large ocean. Your challenge this week is to find a piece of Africa within the boundaries of Deep River.  I enlisted the help of experts this week. Chris Woodside and Geologist Janet Stone are both 
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Week 2: George Read & Fountain Hill Cemetery Hunt Your challenge this week is to find the man known as Deep River’s “founding Father,” George Read.  Find him at the top of the hill in Fountain Hill Cemetery. The granite obelisk marks the center of the family plot. (Hint, it’s by the flag pole.#11 on the map below) George Read 
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As Deep River Historical Society celebrates 75 years in the Stone House, thanks to the generosity of Ada Southworth Munson, the Society reflects on “75 bits of History.” We are offering families a summer challenge with weekly adventures for those willing to explore Deep River and its history.  Your first challenge is to find The Deep River. NO, not the 
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This year marks the 75th anniversary of Ada Southworth Munson’s gift to the Society of her unique family home. Mrs. Munson was a founding member of the Deep River Historical Society in 1938. She bequeathed her home to the Society shortly before her death in August of 1946. The Stone House is representative of the early quarry industry in town. 
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Congratulations to the winners of the People’s Choice awards.   Tied for First Place are Cliff Baker with his 1929 Viking V29 and Tom Matthews with his 1976 Mercury Grand Marquis. Cliff’s car also took 1st place in 2019. Tied for second place are Fred Bauer with his 1954 MG and Steve Marcolini with his 1939 LaSalle Ambulance who also won 
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Deep River Historical Society Trustee Frank Santoro released his latest book “MORE DEEP RIVER STORIES” at the Carriage House on Sept 22nd. These ten stories focused on the Personalities of the Deep River, some stories of immigration and the people who made a new life here, and to be honest some oddities. Nine local artists donated their time and talents to 
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 Stanley Charles Waz, son of Mrs. Anna Waz, of Warsaw St. He was born on June 19, 1919, and was 23 years old at the time of his enlistment in 1942 in the U.S. Army. Lieutenant Stanley Waz, was one of the first “ boys” from Deep River to be called into the armed forces, He graduated from Anti-Aircraft Artillery 
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Deep River Historical Society will be at Florence Griswold Museum on July 30th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for their Midsummer Festival hand-On Minds-On Trail. We will be making paper airplanes and watching them soar. Society publications will be available for sale. Come and join us for a great day in Old Lyme.   Visit The Florence Griswold Museum website for 
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