Haddam Historical Society 
Thankful Arnold House
Founders' Day Dinner

On Sunday, November 6, 2016 the Haddam Historical Society held its 38th Annual Founders' Day Dinner at La Foresta in Killingworth. The event honors the town's founding fathers and mothers as well as the Native Americans from whom the Plantation at Thirty Mile Island was purchased for 30 coats in 1662.  

Each year, the Society bestows the Founders' Day Award to a person or persons who have performed an outstanding service to the Haddam Historical Society and contributed substantially to furthering the mission of the Society, which is to preserve, collect, interpret and promote the history and heritage of Haddam for present and future generations. 

This year we honored Tracy LaComb of Higganum who chairs our largest fundraiser, The Connecticut Spring Antiques Show and serves on the Board of Directors. Tracy has been an important part of the Haddam Historical Society for a number of years and has assisted on numerous committees, volunteered countless hours and hosted a major fundraiser in her backyard.

Tracy and her husband, Kevin have restored a magnificent Victorian era home on Christian Hill and take great pride in their town and its history. They have both contributed to the society in various ways and we truly appreciate their many talents.

A special shout out to Sue Costa who oversaw the dinner and did a wonderful job! Thank you also to all who helped out during the evening including Amy Roper, Dianne McHutchison and Carol and Terry Smith. 

L to R: Elizabeth Malloy, HHS Executive Director, Founders' Day Awardee, Tracy LaComb; Dianne McHutchison, HHS President.

Additional Founders' Day Dinner Photographs


Fritz Moritz who presented the Quarry and Gem talk at the Fire House in October has dropped off copies of  Haddam's Quarries and Mineral Localities Map which is available for $20. Please call me or stop by the museum to reserve or pick up a copy. A very limited supply. CALL 860-345-2400

Archaeological Dig Completed!

The "Hidden in the MIdden" archaeological dig has come to a close. Bonnie Plourde gave a great wrap up program in October and we finished cataloging unearthed items early in November. We plan on doing a number of exhibits and related programing in 2017 including a BYOHB- Bring Your Own Historic Bottle- talk by Ed Stanton of Higganum who will help identify and date bottles from the dig and from your own collection. We uncovered a large quantity of 19th and early 20th century bottles including some from pharmacies in Middletown, breweries in Hartford and perfume from Paris.

Painting Completed!

Painting the exterior of the house is completed. A $4500 grant from the 1772 Foundation and Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation paid for half of the work which included not just painting but exterior restoration work including clapboard replacement and door sill repairs. 


  • Interested in volunteering some time?
  • Interested in meeting new people or hanging out with old friends?
  • Interested in developing new talents or sharing existing expertise?
The Haddam Historical Society is looking for new members to serve on committees. You can commit all of your free time (just kidding) or sign up for one project. Whatever works best for you. Below is a list of committees looking for new members.
Events: This committee plans and executes social events and larger fundraising programs such as house tours, wine tastings, progressive dinners and more. In 2017 we are planning a kitchen tour which will include both historic and newly renovated kitchens in town. There will be demonstrations, tastings and more!
Programs: This committee plans the "educational" programs on local history and other related subjects. In 2016 we offered programs on Haddam Neck in Photos, a Shad Fishing panel discussion, six archaeological programs on the Arnold House dig, program on Haddam's Quarries and Gems, John Cook talk and more.

If you have suggestions for speakers or can give a talk yourself please contact Lisa Malloy at 860-345-2400.
Also would love volunteers for Development, Collections and Connecticut Spring Antiques Show. More on those committees in next e-newsletter.

Holiday Shopping at the Museum

Thankful's Cupboard Christmas Extravaganza!!!
  • Saturday, December 3 - 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Thursday, December 15 -4 pm to 8 pm-Wassail and cookies
  • Sunday, December 18- 1 pm to 4 pm
We have an array of holiday items, antiques, local crafts, books and that unique special gift for the person hard to buy for!!!

Upcoming 2017 Programs and Events

  • January 22, 1 pm to 3 pm Winter Woolies Knitting Circle, Thankful Arnold House Museum
  • January 29, 2 pm- Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps Camps: Their History, Memories & Legacy at the Haddam Fire Station #1, 439 Saybrook Road, Higganum
  • February 5, 1 pm to 3 pm Winter Woolies Knitting Circle, Thankful Arnold House Museum
  • March 25 and March 26, Connecticut Spring Antiques Show at the Hartford Armory, Hartford CT

Museum and Office Closed on Wednesday November 23 through Friday November 25, 2016
Happy Thanksgiving!

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