Haddam Historical Society

Thankful Arnold House Museum

News and Events

June 23, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day June 27

Music Concert Series

July 19

August 8

August 15

Dublin Hill/Higganum Cove Historic District

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Connecticut's Historic

 Gardens Day

Sunday, June 27

Noon to 4 pm

Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day at the Thankful Arnold House Museum, Sunday, June 27 from 12 noon to 4 pm. Free Admission. 14 Hayden Hill Road, Haddam, CT. Learn how Thankful used herbs for culinary, medicinal and household purposes in the early 19th century. Catnip for colic, flax for upset stomachs and comfrey for broken bones.

There will also be a craft making teasel mice or hedgehogs using the teasel we grew here at the museum or a small lavender sachet. We will also be offering our famous rhubarb tea.

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Don't forget to send in your 2021 donation!

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Summer Concert Series

Music in the Museum Gardens


The Haddam Historical Society is thrilled to announce our Music in the Museum Gardens summer concert series. Enjoy a lovely Sunday evening in the historic and picturesque gardens of the Thankful Arnold House Museum in July and August.

July 18-Coast Guard Clarinet Quartet

August 8-Old Lyme Town Band

August 15-Tom Callinan, former Connecticut State Troubadour

The concerts are FREE and open to all.

The museum is located at 14 Hayden Hill Road and parking will be available at the Haddam Town Office Building at 30 Field Park Drive. Donations are warmly accepted.

Music is from 6 pm to 8 pm.

Bring your own chair and food.

Drinks will be available for a donation.

We invite you to come early to socialize and enjoy your picnic dinner any time after 5 pm.

JULY 18, 2021

The United State Coast Guard Clarinet Quartet is comprised of member of the clarinet section of the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and has regularly performed across the nation. The Quartet has been featured at Carnegie Hall and venues throughout the country. They will be presenting a program entitled “Sounds of America” which focuses on American composers and themes including works by Gershwin, Copland and Dvorak.

For more information visit www.haddamhistory.org or call 860-345-2400. 

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Dublin Hill/Higganum Cove State Register of Historic Places

The Haddam Historical Society is pleased to announce that we have contracted with Kristen Keegan of Bywater Historical Services to research and write the Dublin Hill/Higganum Cove Connecticut State Register of Historic Places Designation Report. She will spend the next few months researching, photographing and documenting the area. The Haddam Historical Society received support for this project from the State Historic Preservation Department of the Department of Economic and Community Development with funds from the Community Investment Act of the State of Connecticut.

The district is comprised of primarily small, two-story factory workers’ housing built by or for employees of Higganum’s mills. In addition to the mills located along the Higganum River, the village also contained two other large industries; D. and H. Scovil Hoe and Clark Cutaway Harrow (formerly known as Higganum Manufacturing) each employing over 100 men. The village also contained smaller factories which made builders hardware and chandeliers. Many of the factory employees were immigrants to the United States from Sweden, Germany and Ireland and later Italy and Eastern European countries such as Czechoslovakia. The area also contains one Colonial period farmhouse and a number of larger, more ornate factory owner or managers homes in the Italianate or Second Empire style.

The workers’ housing reflects the growth of the area’s industry during the second half of the 19th century and development of neighborhoods for employees at the factories. The buildings are also a strong link to the working-class and immigrant families of the community whose stories of diligence, determination and industriousness are an important part of our community’s heritage.

We plan on presenting her findings with a program in the fall.