Deep River

Historical Society

Preserving and Celebrating our Legacy

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Upcoming Events

On Display

The Lost Swords of the Great White Fleet

Opens, Sunday, June 2, 2-4 PM

In 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt launched the the US Navy’s Great White Fleet on an eighteen-month world tour. One of the officers collected dozens of swords along the way. Fifty years later they ended up in a sea-chest hidden in the attic of the Historical Society’s Stone House. But they have not seen the light of day, until now!


Coming Soon

The History of the Fife and Drum Corps in Connecticut and Beyond!

Join us at The Deep River Historical Society for this timely presentation

July 18, 7pm

DRHS members always free, general admission $5

Who We Are

Three museums in one…

Deep River Historical Society
1. Our Buildings

The Stone House was built in 1841 from locally-quarried stone. Three generations of the Southworth family called the Stone House their home, where we now display some of their original furnishings as well as donations resonant of that period. The property, which was bequeathed to us from Ada Southworth Munson in 1946, also includes a Carriage House (available for event rentals), a Bleach House from the days of ivory manufacturing, and extensive grounds.

2. Our Collections

In addition to the Southworth bequest of a furnished home, the Deep River Historical Society curates our community’s history through artifacts, documents, maps, diaries, letters, art, and much more. Our rotating exhibits have recently highlighted Deep River’s centuries of industry from wharf to waterfall, contributions to women’s suffrage and activism, and the sacrifices of the men and women of Deep River during World War II. And we are planning more!

3. Our Programs

We provide Deep River with a lively roster of events, including period teas, the strawberry social, antique car shows, and the holiday Festival of Trees, along with year-round, though-provoking talks by authors and residents about local history and its colorful personalities. 


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Membership includes a subscription to the Society’s newsletter and free admission to exhibits.

Become a Member

Please note, this society is an independent charitable organization. It receives no town or state funding. Any contribution above basic membership is tax deductible, and is most appreciated.

News & Articles

Commemorating Memorial Day 2023

Commemorating Memorial Day 2023

The Eagle Monument is 100 years old. It was placed on the “Library” green on Memorial Day 1923 to honor the 112 World War I Veterans and veterans from past wars. The cost ($1,800) was raised through a door-to-door campaign across our community. The Eagle was cast in...

DRHS Gets a New Roof

DRHS Gets a New Roof

The Stone House and Carriage Houses are getting new roofs. These roofs have exceeded their life expectancy. We are grateful for the ARPA funding that allowed us to replace these roofs to protect the irreplaceable collection that they protect. The crew of Christopher...

Strawberry Social

Strawberry Social

June 11, 2023 @ 1 PM - 3:30 PM @ The Carriage House, Deep River Historical Society Welcome Summer at the Deep River Historical Society Strawberry Social! We look forward to serving you--and your family and friends--a heaping portion of luscious strawberries,...

DRHS Re-opens for the Summer!

DRHS Re-opens for the Summer!

June 10, 2023 @ 11 AM - 1 PM @ Deep River Historical Society Have you ever visited the repository of Deep River's history? Do you want to know more about our town? Even if you have visited before, there are new exhibits to see and older exhibits that are a pleasure to...

DRHS Membership Day

DRHS Membership Day

June 3, 1-4 PM @ Deep River Historical Society Please join us for this special event for our members. We will have tours of the Stone House, including our popular and acclaimed WWII Exhibit and our monumental exhibit about the history of industry in Deep River, "From...