Deep River

Historical Society

Preserving and Celebrating our Legacy

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Upcoming Events

Coming Soon

The Lost Swords of the Greet 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!


DRHS Annual Strawberry Social

Sunday, June 9, 1-3:30  PM

Join your neighbors and enjoy this traditional community event and help support our mission.

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

Thank You to Our Veterans

Thank You to Our Veterans

This Veteran’s Day we give THANKS to all who have served our country and continue to recognize those 416 men and women who served Deep River during World War II. In March of 1943, fourteen young men from Saybrook enlisted in the army and left by bus for Fort Devens....

The Celebration Continues

The Celebration Continues

In recognition of the 75th anniversary of Deep River’s name change, we continue to celebrate everything Deep River. On October 23 there will be a program at the Deep River Town Hall with Big Band Music, refreshments, and much, much more. Tickets are available for FREE...

Erik Hesselberg Book Talk- Night Boat to New York

Erik Hesselberg Book Talk- Night Boat to New York

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...

Winners from the Orphan Car Show!

Winners from the Orphan Car Show!

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...

More Deep River Stories Released!

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...