245 Main Street

Deep River, CT. 06417

Visiting Hours

By Appointment Only

245 Main Street

Deep River, CT 06417

Visiting Hours

By Appointment Only

News

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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Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Festival of Trees. Voting was very difficult this year as there were so many wonderful choices. The creativity each year is so amazing. We have so many talented people in our community and we are grateful to all of our non-profit organizations for what they do for our town.  A special thank you to DRAmbulance, 
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We are loving our Scarecrow this year! DRHS Trustee and Town Historian Richard Kalapos has recreated the Leatherman persona for the Society this year. The Leatherman is a legend in this part of Connecticut as he wandered from town to town making an annual circuit from 1857 to 1889. His appearances were as regular as clockwork. He stayed in caves 
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Family Day is September 18, 2021. The Stone House will be open from 10am to 2pm with a Grand Finale Scavenger Hunt for all age groups! We want you to find the “gems” hidden in plain sight. Stop in and see us. We have a lot to show you.  This will also be the last opportunity for visitors to see 
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