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Welcome to Summer 2013
HISTORIC SITES OPENING JUNE 2, 2013
The Avon Historical Society announces that the Pine Grove School House, 3 Harris Street (West Avon Road/Route 167) and the Derrin House, 249 West Avon Road, will open for the summer tourist season on Sunday, June 2nd and will be open every Sunday through September from 2:00 – 4:00pm.
The Pine Grove Schoolhouse was built in 1865 as Schoolhouse No.7 and still remains in its original location. It was in use until 1949 when it became a branch of the town library, nursery school and meeting place for the Boy Scouts. The Avon Historical Society restored the building in 1976 and is interpreted as a schoolhouse of 1900 with bolted desks, hand slates, textbooks, scrolling blackboard and other educational memorabilia of the time. During the summer of 2012, the almost 100-year old outhouse was restored and placed back near its original location.
The Derrin House (c. 1810) on West Avon Road has the first floor open to the public while restoration continues in other parts of the building. The Society is interpreting it as a farmhouse of the 19th century and it contains artifacts of that time. An herb and medicinal garden was planted on the grounds in 2011 by a local Girl Scout Troop. A brick walkway, new side porch and kiosk with information about the grounds was installed with all donated materials and labor as two Eagle Scout projects.
The Avon Historical Society Board of Directors decided to open the Schoolhouse No. 3 (formerly the Living Museum) located at 8 E. Main Street only by appointment in 2013. It was built in 1825 as Schoolhouse No.3 on Country Club Road (on the land of the current Avon Free Public Library) but moved in 1982 to its present location. The only displays available are about the Farmington Canal.
Visitors are welcome to visit the Pine Grove School House and Derrin House on any Sunday in the summer from 2-4pm. Admission is by donation only. To visit other times, the Society asks that you leave a message at 860-678-7621 and they will make alternate arrangements.
For those interested in local history and genealogy, they are encouraged to visit the Marion Hunter History Room at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 Country Club Road .
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.
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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