Haddam Historical Society

Thankful Arnold House Museum

August 27, 2021

Upcoming Events

Haddam Neck Fair

Labor Day Weekend

Venture Smith Day

September 11, 2021

Methodist Episcopal Church


September 12, 2021

Haddam Historical Society

Fundraising Online Auction

October 1 -8, 2021

Please note that the museum and office will be closed from August 30 to September 7, 2021. See you at the Haddam Neck Fair.

Haddam Neck Fair

We still have some volunteer slots at the Haddam Neck Fair over Labor Day Weekend.

Shifts are 2 hours long and start at 10 AM.

Slots available all three days: (Sat, Sun.and Mon.)

10 am to NOON

Noon to 2 pm

2 pm to 4 pm

4 pm to 6 pm


Email me at director@haddamhistory.org or call me at 860-345-2400 if you can help. In advance-THANK YOU.



Haddam Neck Fair History Tour with HHS Executive Director, Elizabeth Malloy

Sunday, September 5, 2021

2:15 pm to 3 pm

George Washington's Favorite Cake!

This year the Haddam Historical Society is sponsoring a Baking Contest for George Washington’s Favorite Cake. HHS will be awarding a first, second and third prizes.

Please consider entering!


¾ cup butter

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

¼ cup wine (white or red)

2 ½ to 3 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons utmeg

1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon

½ pint of heavy cream

Modern method:

1.      Cream butter and sugar until light

2.      Beat eggs. Add wine. Combine with butter and sugar.

3.      Sift together flour, baking soda and spices.

4.      Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and ½ of the cream, the add ½ of the flour mixture and the remaining cream and then add the remaining flour mixture, blending well after each addition.

5.      Grease two 8-inch round cake pans, pour batter and bake for 45 minutes for 45 minutes or use a tube pan and bake for 70 minutes at 350 degrees.

6.      If using the 8-inch round pans, place one cake on top of the other or submit a single tube cake. Place entries on foiled covered piece of cardboard.


Thankful Arnold's Treasure Chest

Online Auction

October 1-8, 2021

The Haddam Historical Society and Thankful Arnold House Museum is holding an important online fundraising auction the first week of October 2021. Covid 19 has had a significant impact on our fundraising abilities and we have not been able to hold our largest fundraiser, The Connecticut Spring Antiques Show for the last two years. In addition, other major fundraising programs such as our biennial house tour and annual jail tour have been postponed. 


We are currently seeking donationsgift certificates and experiences for the fall online auction. Already dozens of restaurants, shops and artists have signed up to support our charitable efforts and showcase their products and services. HHS members and friends have also donated a variety of unique goods - handmade quilt, jewelry, antiques, kitchenware, fine art, and an assortment of useful and unusual items!

  • How about donating new garden tool?
  • Go in with some friends on a gift certificate to one of the areas restaurants?
  • Have any items or gifts that you have no need for and never used?
  • Do you have a special skill set that you can donate?
  • Employed somewhere that might be able to donate an item?
  • Desirable Christmas Items
  • Themed Gift Baskets


We are trying to make the auction as well rounded and enticing as possible to a wide audience.


The online auction will run from October 1 through October 8 when registrants will be able to view and bid on items. Past auctions have created significant buzz as neighbors, friends and town residents discuss and compete for winning bids.

If you have an item or service you would like to donate to the auction please send us an email with photo. 


Drop off items at Haddam Elementary School on Tuesday’s between 10 am and 2 pm or at the Thankful Arnold House Museum during open hours. If these times don’t work we are happy to make special arrangements or pick up.


Below are a few items that will be featured in the auction!

Check out Haddam’s #1 Historical Hit- “Thanks for Thankful Arnold and Family” by artist, Tom Callinan on our

YouTube Channel

Check out the Thankful Arnold House’s submission to

Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Blog. 

Written by our volunteer and Master Gardener, Diane Gawronski.

Historic Celebration to take place at

Higganum United Methodist Church

Higganum, Connecticut

Please come join us for some historic celebrations at Higganum United Methodist Church.  Higganum United Methodist Church is celebrating its 160th anniversary this year, in 2021.  The church, located at 248 Saybrook Road in Higganum Connecticut, is a historical and architectural treasure in town.  First constructed during the Civil War area, the main church remains essentially unchanged since that time.  In 1861 Reverend Allen, the minister destined to head the movement which resulted in the building of the church, was sent to Higganum. He held his revival meetings in the grove across the brook from the old post office, then at Brainerd Hall, and soon after at the Grange. Methodists gradually assumed a more vigorous and effective role in the community and finally demanded a church-The present site was purchased for only $5! Building of the structure began in 1861and was finished the following year. Although many of the church congregants participated in the building, Reverend Allen carted stone from the quarries, chopped timber from the wood, did masonry work and even framed the building and some of the benches. One time the minister, needing planking, was given a full sized tree only if he could chop it down to size which he proceeded to do! Come join us in celebrating this remarkable feat with these special events.

On August 21, 2021 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm, the church will host a Music Concert in the Fellowship Hall located at the church.  Be prepared to be serenaded by solo virtuosos and old favorite guitar and piano rock songs by the same favorites that you have come to enjoy at the Higganum United Methodist Church’s Coffee Houses. More than 10 separate musical acts will be delivered and an Award Winning Poet from Connecticut will read her work which merited her third place in the most recent Connecticut Poetry Contest 2020. Soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. A free will offering will be collected at the door.

On September 12, 2021 at 9:00 the church will host a celebratory Worship Service. Please join us for our keynote event honoring our church’s 160th anniversary. A special church service will honor our church’s founding fathers.  Included in this worship service will be the Bishop and several past Pastors.  


On September 12, 2021 at noon Higganum United Methodist Church will host an Open House. Following the church service we will have light refreshments followed by a Church Open House beginning at noon.  The Open House will feature the contributions our church has made to the community through fundraising, ministries and outreach.  It will highlight the church history since before the Civil War times with collected memorabilia, publications and a slide show.  On display will also be the crafts and contributions of our church members through the years. Church members will be available to conduct church tours during the open house and you are more than welcome to view our hour long continuously running presentation comprised of photos from our distant and more recent past! If you would like to order a church history book, people will be available to take your order. This will be truly the event for history buffs in town. 


We look forward to seeing you- Sincerely Higganum United Methodist Church and Reverend Ahn.


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