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Avon Historical Society's mission is to identify, collect, preserve, utilize,

publish, display, and promote the history and heritage of Avon.

Welcome to 2017

The Avon Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Derrin House mitigation is complete!  The roof, walls and fire damaged areas are repaired. But there is much more work to be done, so donations are still welcome.
or send your donation to:
Avon Historical Society,
P.O. Box 448, Avon, CT 06001
All contributions are tax deductible.

Save the Dates!  The Society invites you to support the ongoing work at the Derrin House by attending a lecture series on various historic topics in March and April. Local historians are donating their time to us, so we are excited to bring their expertise to you.  Click here for more information.

The Avon Historical Society, in partnership with the Avon Free Public Library, has joined the national commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into WWI with a special exhibit, book talk and movie series in January and February.
 "THE MECHANIZATION OF WARFARE - WWI" is open during regular business hours at the Library.  A special event on February 4 will feature author Dave Drury who will present his book "Hartford in World War I" at 1pm in the Library's Community Room.  In addition, the Library is running a movie series about WWI on Thursdays during the two months.
 Click here for more information on the exhibit, book talk and movie series.

New!  Maps available about the Farmington Canal.  
Click here for more details

Need a clever gift idea?  Someone moving away?  

Unique gifts available!  

Need a quick gift that is special and of interest to your local history buff? How about a book or set of notecards from the Avon Historical Society Gift Shop?  We are pleased to have several books on Avon history available including photo books of views of Avon yesterday and today. Also, full color notecards of historic scenes around Avon painted by students at Avon High School.  These heavy stock cards are 5" x 7" in size and depict scenes of Pine Grove School House, The Flower House on West Avon Road, Countryside Park and the Forge at Avon Old Farms School.  A set of 8 cards are $8 or 2 sets for $15.  Sets come with all four pictures on the front.  The student artists, whose name are on the back of the cards, gave permission for their images to be reproduced.  Printing was donated.  Therefore 100% of the proceeds will benefit the projects and programs of the Avon Historical Society.  To order, please contact the Society at the number below for price and shipping, if necessary.  To view all our items, visit the AHS Gift Shop page


About Us

                                                  Avon Historical Society P.O. Box 448, Avon, CT 06001

Founded in 1974, the Avon Historical Society is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization devoted to the conservation of Avon's historical and cultural past and its educational relevance to our life. Membership in The Avon Historical Society is open to the public.

Currently the Society's projects include full restoration of the Derrin House on West Avon Road, proper storage of many artifacts in the Schoolhouse No. 3 (formerly The Living Museum) and Pine Grove Schoolhouse, answering local history questions, giving referrals to those who seek "experts" to help with their historic home or genealogy questions, publishing a newsletter and planning fundraising events. The Derrin House and Pine Grove School House are both open for visitors on Sundays from June through September from 2:00-4:00pm. 

The Society belongs to the Farmington Valley Visitors Association, Connecticut League of History Organizations, and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

In 1972, the National Register of Historic Places designated a section of West Avon as the Pine Grove Historic District. The District includes the Pine Grove Schoolhouse and five homes built prior to 1865. 

An historic building survey was completed in June 1997 of the town of Avon by the State Historic Preservation Commissiom. Many sites have been identified as potential historic districts. The complete survey can be viewed at Town Hall, and the Avon Library.


For information on joining or volunteering, please feel free to call Avon Historical Society directly at 860-678-7621.


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