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Welcome to The Avon Historical Society, Inc.

 

 

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

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

 
Welcome to Summer 2016

The Derrin House suffered a fire on May 11, 2016!
Donations are needed for restoration.
Visit: www.gofundme.com/derrin
or send your donation to:
Avon Historical Society,
P.O. Box 448, Avon, CT 06001
All contributions are tax deductible.

The following exhibit is outside the HIstory Room of the Avon Free Public Library:
June - August - The Derrin Family, Farms of West Avon and More
The exhibit will be broken down into two, six-week segments.  The first will focus on the Derrin family, including their genealogy, and highlight a specific generation that resided in the Derrin Farmhouse from about 1850 to 1875.  Included will be authentic letters obtained by the Society and their transcriptions, copies of estate inventories, census records, historic newspaper articles and props and artifacts similar to those from that time.  The second six-week segment will focus on the Derrin’s farms and homes.  This will include historic house photographs, modern photographs, photocopy of property deeds, agricultural census records, and artifacts from the time period from the collection of the Society.

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

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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.

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

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