The Society is always looking for new participants for its programs and projects. Anyone interested in being involved, please contact us. To learn about upcoming projects and events, please check out our "News" and "Events" pages.
Public Education & Outreach Activities
- Focus efforts on several projects to include the schools and young people in the Deep River area.
- Organize a Speakers Series at the Carriage House taking advantage of international and local experts.
- Explore with key state legislators the possibility of obtaining grants and funding for upcoming projects, exhibits and for the preservation of the house and grounds.
Historical & Architectural Resources Inventory of Deep River
The town of Deep River is blessed with many beautiful and historic commercial buildings and homes. These structures serve as living testimonials of Deep River’s colorful history: center chimney capes from the settlement days, classic colonials, stately federals, and Victorians, from the days of the piano key factory. This heritage deserves to be documented and preserved.
The Architectural Heritage Committee, of the Deep River Historical Society, is proud to announce that it has completed a study, with a grant from the State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development, State Historic Preservation Office. This study, of historic structures in Deep River, is a second phase of the project and includes 241 buildings and will extend our earlier work described below. A third grant in the future will complete this landmark documentation of all historic structures in the town, serving as a resource for many generations to come, and serving as the basis for a potential future book, on Deep River’s architecture and history.
If you are interested in seeing the first and second phase documents prepared through these grants: Historic and Architectural Resources Inventory for the Town of Deep River, Connecticut, they are still available.
The first phase, 520 page document contains: an excellent Historical and Architectural Overview of Deep River, recommendations relative to establishment of National Register Districts, identification of “properties that may be individually eligible for the National Register,” and finally, 470 pages of documentation for 150 historic structures in Deep River. Each and every historic structure has a completed “Historic Resources Inventory” form and a photograph of the building.
The two studies may be viewed on-line, at the Deep River Historical Society web site, at www.DeepRiverHistoricalSociety.org. Go to Programs & Projects and then select: “Click here to download (PDF)”.
Both of the full reports are also available for review at the Deep River Library.
Click here to download Phase I – 2011 (PDF)
(Please refer to pages 47-50 to view the Index of the Inventoried Resources.)
To view the Inventory Forms, click here to download (PDF)
House Documentation Program
The Society will provide you with documented research of your house’s deed history, including names and dates of ownership. You will also receive an official plaque to display with pride on the exterior of your house, which will state the name of the earliest owner, and the date that the house was built.
For more information and an application form, click here (PDF)
Deep River Historical Society has offered many programs, projects and events to preserve Deep River’s place in America’s history.
June 2016 | Sara Ingram’s Sounds of House and Wood – Deep River stories in poetry.
Summer / Fall 2015 | C.D. Batchelor “Draw Your Own Conclusions” an exhibit of cartoons covering world and national events as well as his Pulitzer prize winning cartoon from 1936.
October 2015 | Bob Englehart Editorial Cartoonist for the Hartford Courant speaking about “The Golden Age of Cartooning” A entertaining evening of cartoons and laughter.
October 2014 | Local author – Jerry Roberts “The British Raid on Essex 1814” and Deep River’s involvement in this raid.
June 2014 | Christopher Joyce of NPR comes to Deep River to tape a segment for his nationally broadcast radio show following up on last year’s program regarding Deep River and African Elephant.
November 2013 | Deep River and the African elephant I need to get names for this segment to go with photos.