Deep River

Historical Society

Deep River’s Showcase for Deep River’s History

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Who We Are

Three museums in one…

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 manufacture, 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. 

Upcoming Events

03/15

Annual Meeting @ 7 PM

04/15

Annual Tea @ 1 PM

06/03

Membership Day @ 1-4 PM

Memberships

Access all exhibitions & program updates

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.

Latest News & Articles

DRHS at Florence Griswold’s Midsummer Festival

DRHS at Florence Griswold’s Midsummer Festival

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...

Celebrating our WWII Vets-Edith May Anderson

Celebrating our WWII Vets-Edith May Anderson

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...

Celebrating our WWII Vets – Victor Malcarne

Celebrating our WWII Vets – Victor Malcarne

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...

Celebrating our WWII Vets- Herbert B. Kurze

Celebrating our WWII Vets- Herbert B. Kurze

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...

Celebrate 75 Years Officially as Deep River

Celebrate 75 Years Officially as Deep River

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...

Celebrating our WWII Vets – John P. Holmes

Celebrating our WWII Vets – John P. Holmes

In 1941 John was a student at the University of Georgia and left for Canada to join the Canadian service. Arriving at the border on the day that Japan attacked the Philippines, John changed his mind and returned home to enlist in the U.S. forces.  He enlisted in...

Deep River

Historical Society

Phone

(860) 526-1449

VISIT

Sun 1pm-4pm
Thurs 10am to 12pm

Address

245 Main St, Deep River, CT

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