Haddam Historical Society
Thankful Arnold House Museum
August 25, 2020
News and Updates
Notice of Demolition
On July 2, 2020, Haddam Killingworth News published a notice for the demolition of 140 Dublin Hill Road. The building is listed on Haddams’ Historic Building List and has been identified by the Connecticut’ State Historic Preservation Office as a significant architectural and historical building. On July 3, 2020 the Haddam Historical Society filed an objection to the application for demolition for 140 Dublin Hill Road. The town ordinance allows interested parties 120 days (extended to 180 days due to Covid 19) to work through alternatives to demolition. This demolition delay expires on December 29, 2020.

The Town of Haddam Planning and Zoning will also review the application for demolition under their new regulation Section 15A Historic Preservation by Special Permit. “The Zoning Regulations conclude that the historic structures have a historic, cultural, architectural and economic significance and contribute to a healthy and thriving future for the Town of Haddam. It also concludes that Haddam derives much of its charm and unique appearance from its architecture and from its history.” The purpose of the Regulation is to insure all feasible and prudent alternatives to the demolition have been considered.


The Haddam Historical Society finds that the Leverett Spencer House at 140 Dublin Hill Road the best and most well-preserved examples of workers’ housing in Higganum reflecting 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 building is also a strong link to the working-class and immigrant families of our community whose stories of diligence, determination and industriousness are an important part of our community’s heritage.

The ideal solution would be to restore and preserve the building on its original site or relocate it on its current lot to appease some of the objections by the owner. Other options could be to relocate the building to a site in Higganum. We would hate to see our community lose a building with strong ties to our manufacturing and immigrant past.

The owner has met with staff and a representative of Preservation Connecticut (formerly the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation). This building is available at no cost, though an interested party would be responsible for deconstruction and move to a new location. 
History Scavenger Hunt
September 5-7, 2020
A Labor Day Weekend History Scavenger Hunt hosted by the Haddam Historical Society will take place September 5 through 7, 2020.  The hunt includes 23 historic sites in Haddam, Higganum and Haddam Neck and one bonus question in East Haddam! Teams have three days to complete the hunt at their own pace. Explore new places and learn about our town’s fascinating history.

Clues will be distributed on Saturday morning at the Thankful Arnold House Museum. Registration is required for a nominal fee of $10 per group/family. You can also register ONLINE at www.haddamhistory.org or click here for EVENTBRITE https://haddamhistoryscavengerhunt.eventbrite.com/ (Clues will be emailed).

All groups who complete the “hunt” will receive a prize and entered in a grand prize drawing which is a four-person Rail Bike ride along the scenic Connecticut River in Tylerville donated by the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat.

Please practice social distancing and all Covid-19 protocols during the hunt and respect private property.

The event is sponsored by Christopher J. Smith, Alter & Pearson, LLC, Glastonbury and Central Systems, Inc., Fire Protection, Higganum.  
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Haddam Historical Society

The Haddam Historical Society relies on your support to operate, maintain our collections and provide quality local history programs to the communities of Haddam, Higganum and Haddam Neck. This year has been unusual due to the COVID 19 pandemic. We have not been able to hold any of our regular or scheduled fundraisers and we are only open to the public by appointment two days a week. But we continue to share local history through social media and other platforms. Please consider sending in your support today.
We would like to acknowledge those who have taken advantage of our new member challenge grant:

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Marie Bayley
Robert Berens
Paul Best
Bernadette Bielat
Stephen Carey
James and Melissa Fetera
Gretchen Gregg
Gerald and Joan Hines
Josh and Kristin LaMay
Cobi O’Connell and Chris Morgan
Michael and Kathryn Parmelee
Tracy Rutty
Neal and Katy Sakash
Jim and Nancy Scory
Patricia VanKirk
Richard Wells
Jola Wilhelm
Garrick and Kathryn York


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