Had a great visit to New Orleans last week. Did I find Haddam granite? Well .... I am not sure.... we found a lot of granite curb stone which could have been from Haddam. It was located in districts where it was sent but I cannot positively confirm it was from Haddam. The Williams Research Center was closed on Monday so I did not have the opportunity to with them for exact locations, so I guess I will need to return.

But we did visit Café du Monde, Pat O'Briens, Frenchman Street, and Central Grocery. I did the requisite historic house museum tour and visited the Gallier House on Royal Street in the heart of the French District. Lovely house interpreted to reflect a time of mourning with a knowledgeable guide willing to answer my myriad questions. The main reason for visiting was to attend a niece's wedding and there was nothing like doing a "second line" parade down Bourbon Street twirling our handkerchiefs in the air to sounds of our own jazz brass band.

1572  Saybrook Road 

Haddam Historical Society is hosting "Antiques and Uniques" on Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 10 am to 3 pm on the grounds of Whole Harmony Apothecary at 1572 Saybrook Road, Haddam, CT. The event is free to the public.

The marketplace will feature quality collectibles, antiques, vintage and a many other unique treasures.  Highlights include estate furniture, antique books, vintage linens and all around great goods.

The Haddam Historical Society Scholarship Committee will also be selling hot dogs and water to raise money for our annual high school scholarship. Please stop by and support this worthy cause.

If you have an item to donate please drop off at the Arnold House on Thursday 12 to 6 or Friday 9-3.

Whole Harmony a wonderful new "old-fashioned" herbal apothecary located in the historic Alpheus W. Tyler House will be open and visitors can shop for hand crafted artisan tea blends and accessories.
For additional information please visit or call 860-345-2400 or email [email protected]

The event will benefit the Thankful Arnold House Museum and Haddam Historical Society.

Mystery in the Midden 
October 16 at 2 pm 
Haddam Fire Station #1
439 Saybrook Road, Higganum. 
Free and Open to the Public.

Join the Haddam Historical Society and archaeologist Bonnie Plourde on Sunday, October 16 at 2 pm at the Haddam Fire Station #1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum to learn about the fascinating excavation that took place at the Thankful Arnold House Museum over the summer.

Connecticut Humanities awarded the Haddam Historical Society a generous grant to conduct six public programs focusing on the dig. The first five programs allowed participants to partake first hand in the excavation and learn basic archaeological procedures, excavating techniques and how to identify and catalogue items. The August and September digs drew people from all the state and of all ages. Many of the objects will be on display at the program.

In addition to Bonnie recapping the Haddam dig, the afternoon will also feature team members talking about their favorite finds and HHS board member, Stephanie Denkowicz comparing an archaeological dig in Egypt to the one in Haddam. The program is free and open to the public. 

For more information, call 860-345-2400 or visit .

October 16
2 pm
Fire House
Free and Open to the Public

Quarry Hill & Chrysoberyl Knoll: The Minerals and Quarries of Haddam
 October 27, at 6:30 pm
 Haddam Fire Station #1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum
Free and Open to the Public.

In 1838, a traveler wrote that Haddam is  "a place known all over civilized earth, for the richness and variety of its mineral productions." To show how its rocks and minerals made this little town so famous, this presentation explores 19th century literature, maps and personalities and uses modern maps and photos of quarries, stone, and fabulous mineral specimens to bring them to life. 

Harold "Fritz" Moritz, a geologist from East Haddam and board member of the Geological Society of Connecticut will share his discoveries, research and photographs. Samples of famous Haddam minerals will be on display. Find out where the first chrysoberyl was found and solve the 200-year-old mystery of the first columbite locality.  How are Haddam rocks connected to the infamous John Brown raid?  And what the heck is the "Allen Vein" and why was it so important? 


Notice of Demolition: Property located at 85 Bridge Street and owned by HWGA, LLC is proposed for demolition. This property is also identified as Map 49, Lot 26 on the Haddam Tax Maps. Unless written objections stating the nature of the objection, are filed with the Building Department within 15 days of this legal notice the permit may be issued. Gary Vivian, Town of Haddam Building Official.  Appeared in: Middletown Press on Wednesday, 09/21/2016

Above is the legal notice that appeared in today's Middletown Press announcing the proposed demolition of 85 Bridge Street in Tylerville, Haddam, CT. As you may recall this building was proposed for demolition about a year ago to make way for a gym. The proposal never went forward and the building went back on the market. In the meantime Haddam passed a Delay of Demolition  Ordinance for Historic Buildings. As we understand there are no proposals to develop the property.

HHS has formally objected to the demolition on the grounds that this is an identified historic structure with the State Historic Preservation Office and an important part of the historic streetscape and a tangible link to the area's shipbuilding past. It is not our intent to stand in the way of commercial development or progress but to protect our town's historic assets. The building through adaptive reuse could be a draw to the area. Please share in hopes of finding someone who will thoughtfully and carefully preserve this Haddam Landmark.
A committee has been formed to create an action plan and strategize on different ways to save the building. We will be working with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the State Preservation Office. Please feel free to contact me with suggestions or ideas. Thank you for your support.

Business Members

Higganum Veterinary Clinic, Higganum
CSSN: The Center for Children with Special Needs, Glastonbury
Wellstone Farm, Higganum
Higganum Pharmacy, Higganum
Johnson Millwork, Haddam Neck
Nehemiah Brainerd Bed and Breakfast
Pampered Pets, Old Saybrook
 Higganum Village Market
Cold Goats Farm, Haddam Neck
CT River Candles
Jack's Country Kitchen, Higganum
Higganum Heating, Higganum
Mattabesett Club/Danny Cronin, Middletown
David Reiss Seamless Gutters, Haddam

Terri's Package Store, Higganum
Tom Sanders Band, Higganum
Town & Country Nurseries, Haddam
Wiese Enterprises, Higganum

Haddam Historical Society
P.O. Box 97, Haddam, CT 06438

14 Hayden Hill Road
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