Baubles, Bangles, and Beads: Suffrage Jewelry with a Message

11/06/2021 - 5:00 pm

13 Village Green

Special Exhibit and Fundraiser — Ticketed event

Guests are invited to come to the Norfolk Historical Museum on November 6th at 5:00 to view this special collection and pick-up a boxed gourmet dinner to enjoy at home. Presentation with Dr. Schlesinger and the NHS staff at 6:00. We are hopeful this will be an in-person event, with Zoom as a backup; final details will be emailed to participants.

Click the Merchandise tab at the top of the page to purchase tickets

James Mars: A Journey to Freedom

10/17/2021 - 1:00 pm

15 Old Colony Road, Norfolk, CT 06058

Born in 1790, James Mars was the last known slave sold in Norfolk CT.  Gaining his freedom at the age of twenty-one, his live journey is a fascinating one.  Deacon, activist for equal rights, and a community leader.

Join us at Norfolk’s Center Cemetery to lear more about this remarkable man, and the many people who helped him along his journey.

Meet at 1:00 PM 15 Old Colony Road, Norfolk, CT

Creative Spaces, Preserved Places: Historic Artists’ Home and Studios

02/20/2021 - 4:00 pm


Author’s Talk
Creative Spaces, Preserved Places: Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios
Click here to view Talk from February 20th via Zoom

New England and Connecticut have long been a lure for artists and other creatives, able to claim the birthplace of the Impressionist movement in the United States.  Connecticut can boast the locales of three artistic enclaves which shaped the nation’s cultural evolution and legacy: Cos Cob, Old Lyme, and Weir Farm in Wilton, CT.   Nowhere does art and inspiration come together more powerfully than in the preserved spaces these artists called home. Ms. Balint will discuss historic preserved and lost homes of artists throughout New England, placing them in the context of homes throughout the country, as part of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  This is program of 44 preserved artist sites throughout the country all open as public museums, and the topic of a newly released guidebook by Balint.  Join us on a virtual journey to learn the historic significance of these places where some of the nation’s most acclaimed artworks were created, and how these public sites continue to inspire visitors today.

Valerie Balint is the Senior Program Manager for Historic Artist’s Homes and Studios (HAHS), a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which is administered at Chesterwood (the former home and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French) and the author of the newly released Guide to Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (Princeton Architectural Press, June 2020). HAHS is a nation-wide consortium of 44-member sites, that were the home and working studios of American artists. Prior to heading HAHS in beginning in spring 2017, Ms. Balint served for seventeen years on the curatorial staff at Frederic Church’s Olana (also a HAHS site), most recently as Interim Director of Collections and Research. She was co-organizer and co-curator of Olana’s annual exhibitions and accompanying publications. She is a frequent lecturer and writer on preserved artists’ spaces, Frederic Church, the Hudson River School, and American art and social history of the mid-19th and early 20th century. She is co-author of Glories of the Hudson: Frederic Church’s Views from Olana (Cornell Press, 2009). Her previous work also includes curatorial positions at Chesterwood and the Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio (also a HAHS site). She served as the New York State Coordinator of “Save Outdoor Sculpture,” a program of the Smithsonian American Art Museum to document all public sculpture in the United States. Balint is a longtime advocate for recognizing and valuing the important place artists’ homes and public art hold within the greater context of cultural history in America.

Presented as part of the WINter WIN festival, for more information on this and other events please visit:

Sixth Annual Cake Auction (now virtual)

Back by popular demand, even during a pandemic, the Norfolk Historical Society is please to present this years version of our popular Cake Auction.  Thou this event will be held entirely on-line we know it will be the great success it has alway been thanks to you our faithful followers!  Keep a lookout in your email in-boxes for the notice which will have all the details.  Cakes will be available for 2020 Holidays and beyond.  Thank you to all our bakers and all our past bidders who have made this such a successful event.


Dinner at Fox Hill, A Virtual Exploration

11/07/2020 - 7:00 pm

A virtual event via a Zoom link, access will be emailed to guests prior to the event


Built in 1896 and designed by the New York architectural firm, Cady, Berg & See as the home for Mr & Mrs H. H. Bridgman, Fox Hill was revered as one of Norfolk’s grandest homes.
It was demolished in 1947.

The story of Fox Hill will come to life in a virtual presentation hosted by museum director Barry Webber.

Recently discovered materials of historical interest from the Bridgman family will bring new insight to this story of the magical castle that once graced these Norfolk hills.

Join us Saturday, November 7th at 7:00 PM.  Zoom log-in will be emailed to attending guests prior to the event date.

Benefactor guests of $250 per person or more shall receive a special dinner delivered to your Norfolk address, complete with details on how to view the presentation. Safe groupings are encouraged to enhance the experience.

Patron guests of $50 per person will receive details on how to view the presentation.

Click the merchandise tab above to reserve your spot and place your order today!

Fifth Annual Cake Auction

Please Join us Saturday December 7, 2019 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Drinks and Nibbles  and a live auction, beginning at 5:45 of delicious, festive, homemade cakes.

$25 at the door

Can’t make the event but would still like to make a donation or bid on a cake?  Email us at for further instructions and to receive a list of cakes.


Bibliomania (or Book Madness): A Bibliographical Romance

Bibliomania Tour

The great book collections assembled and dispersed by Norfolk’s Battell,  Eldridge, and Robbins families in the period 1790–1930 contributed to the golden age of book collecting, a time period  described and celebrated by English librarian Thomas Dibdin in his 1809 “Bibliomania” (book-madness, or uncontrollable passion for books). Although Dibdin’s volume is a satire pretending to offer a “cure” for book-disease, his writing on the subject did much to popularize book collecting as a pastime. The exhibit will feature never-before-displayed items from the combined collections of rare books at the Norfolk Library and the Norfolk Historical Society, giving valuable insight into the lives lived by the Norfolkians whose cabinet collections contained these “imagined” antiquarianisms.

Please join us for an opening reception Friday, October 4 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM. A conversation with curator Lucy Mookerjee will begin at 5:00 PM

Museum open Saturday 1:00 – 4:00 and Sunday 1:00 – 4:00

Historic House Dinner

10/19/2019 - 6:30 pm

Windolit, Westside Road, Norfolk

Save the date for this year’s Historic House Dinner! Saturday, October 19th

To be held at Windolit, the family home of Dick Childs, founder and publisher of  ‘Modern Age Books’ (1936-1942).

Guests will enjoy cocktails and dinner and a special presentation by Childs’s granddaughter, Lucy Mookerjee, Ph. D. on the inner workings of America’s first paperback book publisher.

Invitations to follow, seating is limited so be sure to reserve early! Tickets $250 per person

Weekend In Norfolk Events

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Industries Walk with Richard Byrne.  Meet at the museum at 9:45 for this two hour walk of our industrial past

Highlights of the Kendall Exhibition.  A Gallery Tour at the museum at 1:00PM

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Kendall’s Village Green, A walking Tour, meet at the museum at 12:00 for this 45 minute tour

Little Red School House, A Scavenger Hunt for children, pick up your list at the WIN Welcome center or the museum. Complete the list and check in at the Little Red School, Ashpohtag & Bald Mountain Rd. ,Sunday between 12:00 – 3:00

An Extraordinary Legacy: The Photographs of Marie H. Kendall ~ Part II


!3 Village Green, Norfolk CT

Our 2019 summer season featuring the exhibition An Extraordinary Legacy: The Photographs of Marie Hartig Kendall ~ Part II kicks off with a members opening on June 1 from 4:00 to 7:30 p.m.  Many new photographs and objects have been added to this year’s exhibition, which will engage both the returning visitor and those new to the museum.  These include a rare photograph printed on glass, which was made to hang in a window; dozens of Kendall postcards that were recently acquired from a local estate; and a look at the process of conservation period photographs. Also featured is the work of two female photographers, Carrie Smith Lorraine and Una Clingan Rand, both whom were working in neighboring towns during the 1890’s. The museum is open weekends from June 2 to October 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Crystal Portraits: Norfolk In The Great Ice Storm of 1898


Norfolk Historical Society

The Great Ice Storm of 1898 hit Northwest Connecticut on February 20 – 22nd.  Marie Kendall, Norfolk’s intrepid 19th century photographer of the day, spent the week following the storm photographing the landscape in the village and beyond.  The Norfolk Historical Museum, in conjunction with Winter WIN, will be showing a short film highlighting these amazing photographs. A second exhibit, “Stuck Indoors,” will showcase some of the museum’s collection of children’s toys, including the magnificent Coffin Family Dollhouse. The museum will be open Feb. 23 & 24th with extended hours for WIN weekend: Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 and Sunday 12:00 to 4:00.

For More information on Winter WIN please visit:

Annual Meeting ~ January 5, 2019

Norfolk Historical Society Annual Members Meeting (all welcome)

Please join us at the Norfolk Library on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. for the Annual Members Meeting, followed by an illustrated talk by our curator.

Ann Havemeyer, The Devil in the White City: Kendall, Coffin, Edison, and Tesla at the World’s Fair

The White City is Chicago in 1893, site of the World’s Columbian Exposition, organized to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s voyage to America. The devil, for the purpose of this slide talk, is electricity, and the players are Norfolk photographer Marie Kendall, Charles Albert Coffin, Thomas Edison, and Nikola Tesla. Travel back in time to find out how the lives of these four people intersected at the World’s Fair.

Fourth Annual Cake Auction

12/01/2018 - 5:00 pm

Norfolk Historical Society

Save the Date!  December 1, 2018

Join the fun!  Our fourth annual Cake Auction,  a live auction of 12+ exquisite confections created by some of Norfolk’s most talented bakers.   A complete listing and instructions for absentee bidding can be found under our Blog button on the home page!  Hope you can join the fun!!!

Historic House Dinner…Save the date October 27th

10/27/2018 - 6:30 pm

Windrow Road, Norfolk

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson is the inspiration for this unique Historic House Dinner.  Discover the connections to the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 and Norfolk, CT.  Guests will be treated to an international feast in the grand dining room of Coolwater. Seating will be limited.  This is a ticketed event at $250 per person.

Exhibition & Dinner, Benefactor Level


Fundraising dinner, November 6, 2021, $250 per person


Haystack Book Talks, Exhibition October 12, 13, & 14, 2018

10/13/2018 - 10:00 am

Norfolk Historical Society

Paperback Revolution: Norfolk’s ‘Modern Age Books’ and how It changed the way America Reads
Modern Age Books, founded by Norfolk’s Dick Childs in 1936was one of the first publishers to produce paperback books in the United States. Modern Age issued progressive paperbacks in high print runs with low prices, making softcover books accessible to the pockets and purses of a new reading public. The exhibit will focus on how Childs made use of innovative illustration, printing, and distribution processes to help democratize American reading, writing, and publishing on the eve of the Second World War.

Weekend In Norfolk August 4th & 5th

08/04/2018 - 2:00 pm

13 Village Green, Norfolk CT

Norfolk Museum will host 2 special events for WIN on August 4th.

10:00 AM,  Richard Byrne, Norfolk’s Historian, in conjunction with the Rails to Trails group to lead a walk to the famed Stoney Lonesome Pass on the old rail road bed.  Meet at the trails entrance on Ashpotage Road, the hike will last about an hour and a half.  Please ware appropriate footwear for hiking through the woods and bring water.

2:00 on the Village Green:  Sewing School for children, ages 6 and up.  Marie Kendall, our 19th century photographer, also ran a sewing school for the children of Norfolk.  Children will learn the basic stitches and needle skills and have the opportunity to create a small crafts project of their own.   All materials will be supplied, this is a free event and all are welcome!  


Members Opening Reception

NHS Members are invited to join us for our annual Members Opening Reception.  Be the first to enjoy this new and exciting exhibition while sipping a glass of wine.  June 1st 5:30 to 7:00 at the Museum.



Blizzard of 1888 130th Anniversary Program

03/10/2018 - 4:00 pm

13 Village Green, Norfolk CT

Join us as we explore the Great Blizzard, which crippled the Eastern Seaboard on March 12, 1888.  The village of Norfolk was shut-off from the world for three days until the first train was able to make it’s way into the station after 70+ men hand shoveled the tracks from Winstead.  The Museum will host a program at 4:00 P.M. with a slide presentation of historic photographs and first hand accounts from letters and journals, by Norfolk residents, who recored this historic weather event of the century.   A special exhibition is in place highlighting other winter activities such as the Norfolk Ski Jump and the Great “Ripper” a 14-foot bobsled which is set up with a winter backdrop for a unique photo op.   The Museum will open at 1:00 P.M

Frozen in Time: The Ice Box Then & Now

02/24/2018 - 12:00 pm

13 Village Green, Norfolk

The Norfolk Historical Society will be hosting a weekend exhibition, February 24 & 25th 2018, of historic winter photographs from our collection along with a dozen or more contemporary Norfolk photographers who will exhibit their works of the winter landscape.   The historic photos will showcase the Great Blizzard of 1888 and the historic Ice Storm of 1898 taken by Marie H. Kendall, a local photographer whose other works and her story will be the feature of 2018 summer exhibition.

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Annual Meeting of the Norfolk Historical Society

01/07/2018 - 1:00 pm

The Norfolk Library

Please join us for the Annual Meeting and the opening of the exhibit Original Posters from World War I.  A slide presentation by Barry Webber will follow the meeting: “Farm to Table – A Look Back 100 Years: A Brief History of Food in Norfolk during World War I.”

3rd Annual Cake Auction

12/02/2017 - 5:00 pm

Please join us for this annual fun and festive event! Fifteen beautiful home baked confections will be auctioned off to the highest bidder by auctioneer Tom Strumolo.  Don’t miss the most talked about event in town.  Tickets are $25 at the door. Enjoy our signature cocktail and delicious nibbles while you view the stunning array of cakes made by Norfolk’s best bakers!

Francis Baudry, The Hidden Manuscript: A World War I POW’s Memoir

11/12/2017 - 2:00 pm

Norfolk Library

The experience of World War I prisoners of war in Germany is an aspect of the conflict little covered by historical research. A first-hand account was discovered by Dr. Francis Baudry, when he found the diary his father kept during his three years in captivity in German camps. In July 1914, when he was 18 years old, Baudry’s father was planning to return to Paris to enlist in the French army after visiting his family in Alsace Lorraine. As he was about to board the train in Strasbourg, he was arrested and accused of spying. He spent the next two years in a German camp. This ironically saved his life, as he would most probably have died in the trenches.
After his father passed away in 1999 at the age of 103, Dr. Baudry found an extraordinary  manuscript among his father’s belongings. The size of a cigarette pack, it was a memoir written during his time in captivity and dedicated to a cousin whom he loved. Dr. Baudry will speak about his father’s vivid description of his years in captivity and his several attempts at escape.
A Norfolk and New York resident, Dr. Baudry is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst with his own practice, and affiliated with Mount Sinai Medical Center. He is on the faculty of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and is a member of the Soldier’s Project, an organization dedicated to giving free mental health care to veterans and their families.

Veterans Day Open House

11/11/2017 - 2:00 pm

Norfolk Historical Museum

Did you have a relative that fought in World War I? A grandmother who drove an ambulance, or knitted socks for soldiers? Please bring your family stories to share at an Open House at the Historical Museum. The exhibition Norfolk in the Great War will be on display, and the program will begin at 3:00.

Labor Day Weekend Walk

Join us for an enlightening tour of some of Norfolk’s war memorials and sites related to World War I, in conjunction with our 2017 exhibition Norfolk in the Great War.   The approximately one-hour tour will leave from the Historical Society Museum, 13 Village Green, on Saturday, September 2, at 10 am.  Free admission as always!

Weekend in Norfolk August 5-6

A host of activities at the Norfolk Historical Society are planned as part of the 2nd annual Weekend in Norfolk.

The Museum, featuring our stunning exhibition Norfolk in the Great War, will be open extra hours, from 12 to 4 on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.  Free admission, and refreshments will be served.

On Saturday at the Farmer’s Market we will have a booth celebrating the centennial of the Market, which started as a response to food needs in World War I.  On Saturday from 12:30-1:30 on the Village Green opposite the Museum, the Salisbury Band Senior Quick-Step Hot Shots, an old-fashioned town band, will be playing patriotic marches and other World War I-era music.

On Sunday at 1 pm, there will be a walking tour leaving from the Museum, featuring some of the historic sites in the center of town.

For more information about Weekend in Norfolk, visit the WIN website:


Songs of World War I

07/23/2017 - 5:00 pm

Norfolk Library

In conjunction with the Norfolk Historical Society’s exhibition Norfolk in the Great War, on Sunday, July 23, at 5:00, Doug Schmolze, singer and guitarist, will present a variety of songs from the 19teens, both patriotic and otherwise, in a centennial retrospective. With anecdotes and historical notes the program provides insight into the mood of the era that ushered in the “War to End all Wars”. Audiences will recognize (and sing along to) patriotic songs such as “Over There” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag” by George M. Cohan that remain popular, especially on civic occasions. But composers of the era also produced Ragtime, waltzes, and romantic songs such as “The Land Where the Good Songs Go” by Jerome Kern and, on the lighter side, “When I Had a Uniform On” by Cole Porter. Visuals and lyrics to sing-a-longs are provided by an accompanying power-point presentation. This program is free and is suitable for families. Please call the Library at 860-542-5075 to reserve a seat.

2017 Exhibition


Our 2017 exhibition, Norfolk in the Great War, opens May 27!  Stories of Norfolkians in the war and the trials and triumphs of the home front, uniforms, a gas mask, and a selection of stunning wartime posters, are just some of the highlights.  The Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday until October, from 1-4pm.  Admission is free.

Hidden in Plain Sight II

01/08/2017 - 3:00 pm

Norfolk Library, 9 Greenwoods Road East

Exhibition Opening, Slide Talk, and Annual Meeting


Cake Auction

12/3/2016 - 5

Historical Museum

Our first annual Cake Auction was so much fun, we’re doing it again! Drinks & Nibbles 5-7 pm. Followed by a live auction of delicious, festive, homemade cakes. $20/person ($25 at the door) RSVP below or by mailing checks and names of attendees toThe Norfolk Historical SocietyPO Box 288, Norfolk, CT 06058


Walking Tours of Norfolk’s Architectural Treasures

10/1/2016 - 2pm

Meet at the Museum, 13 Village Green

To complement our 2016 exhibition “Hidden in Plain Sight: Artists, Artisans and Craftsmen of Norfolk’s Golden Age of Architecture,” we are offering a walking tour focusing on the stained glass, metal, stone, wood, and terra cotta features that make Norfolk’s town center extraordinary.

Walking Tour of Norfolk’s Architectural Treasures

9/17/2016 - 2pm

Meet at the Musem, 13 Village Green

To complement our 2016 exhibition “Hidden in Plain Sight: Artists, Artisans and Craftsmen of Norfolk’s Golden Age of Architecture,” we are offering a walking tour focusing on the stained glass, metal, stone, wood, and terra cotta features that make Norfolk’s town center extraordinary.

John Garret Thew: Copper Weathervanes

7/31/2016 - 4:00

Norfolk Library

John Garret Thew will talk about his artistry and craftsmanship, using samples of his work in metal. As a young man, he learned the essentials of good art from his father, Robert Garret Thew, a painter and sculptor whose work, like that of his son’s, is sought by today’s collectors.

A Walk through Norfolk’s Industrial Past

9/24/2016 - 10:00

Historical Museum

Meet at the Norfolk Historical Museum for a tour of what was once Norfolk’s industrial district. Beginning at the millstone in front of the Church of Christ, we will visit Buttermilk Falls, site of a 1750 saw mill, grist mill, and iron works; then head west along the Blackberry River viewing the remains of dams and the footprints of factories such as the Aetna Silk Mill, the Norfolk & New Brunswick Hosiery Company, and the Hartford Spring & Axle company. Wear appropriate footwear for this two hour walk.

Slide Talk

8/6/2016 - 2:00 P.M

Norfolk Library

A slide talk by Ann Havemeyer and behind the scenes tour of the Library will explore the architecture and hidden treasures of the Library.

Hidden in Plain Sight

6/3/2016 - 5:30-7:30

Historical Museum

Join us for a Members Preview & Cocktail Reception

Collecting Open House

2/13/2016 - 10 am - 2 pm

Historical Museum

View a sampling of Norfolk collections and talk with the collectors. From Old Master drawings to antique cookbooks to tiny vintage furniture, you will be intrigued by what your neighbors are collecting and why. Also present will be the Connecticut Historical Society, collecting objects to feature in their spring exhibition “Growing Up in Connecticut.” So bring a favorite or significant object from your Connecticut childhood to be considered for inclusion in the exhibition! For more information about submitting objects please follow this link

Celebrating Today’s Norfolk Collectors

2/12/2016 - 5:30-7pm

Historical Museum

Join us at a members-only cocktail party to meet Norfolk collectors and hear about their collecting passions. $20 suggested donation

Annual Meeting

12/6/2015 - 1 pm

Norfolk Historical Museum on the Green

Please join us for our Annual Meeting and a look at some recent acquisitions, “12 Objects – 12 Stories” Refreshments will be served.

Cake Auction

12/4/2015 - 5 pm

Norfolk Historical Museum on the Green

Don’t miss our first annual Cake Auction!Drinks & Nibbles 5-7 pm.Followed by a live auction of delicious, festive, homemade cakes. $20/person ($25 at the door)RSVP belowor by mailing checks and names of attendees toThe Norfolk Historical SocietyPO Box 288, Norfolk, CT 06058

Marie Kendall Historic Photographs

1/24/2016 - 4:00

Norfolk Library

Exhibition at the Norfolk Library, January 24 – February 28Marie Hartig Kendall was a pioneering photographer who documented Norfolk around the turn of the 20th century. Kendall exhibited her work at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and won an award for her technical ability and artistic expression. Still in their original oak frames, her stunning enlargements of landscape and farm scenes will be shown at the Norfolk Library. In lieu of an opening reception, curators Ann Havemeyer and Dianne Pierce will be joined by photo historian Michaela Murphy in a discussion that places Kendall and her technique in an historic context. Prints processed by Michaela from Kendall’s original glass plate negatives will be for sale.

A Walk through Norfolk’s History

9/6/2015 - 1:00 pm

Norfolk Historical Mueseum

Meet at the Museum for a guided excursion into the Stoeckel Estate. You will find out more about the early history of the property belonging to Joseph Battell and its transformation into the estate of Carl and Ellen Battell Stoeckel.

The Recluse Collector: Grenville Winthrop

7/26/2015 - 4:00 pm

The Norfolk Library

Libby Borden will be joined by art historian Dr. Robert Hobbs in a slide talk on the collection her great uncle Grenville L. Winthrop (1864–1943). A lawyer and banker by profession, Winthrop created a collection of French, British, and American art that is distinct not only in its depth and breadth, but also in its quality and includes the best group of Delacroix and Ingres drawings outside of France, the most significant group of pre-Raphaelite paintings outside of Britain, and a world-renowned collection of Sargent watercolors. The Winthrop Collection was bequeathed in 1943 to the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.

Houses on the Move: A Progressive Historic House Dinner

7/25/2015 - 6:00 pm


As the Colonial Revival swept Norfolk in the 1920’s and 1930’s, architect Robert M. Carrère was engaged by summer residents F.S. Jerome and Charles Garside to dismantle two colonial houses board by board and reconstruct them on choice sites in Norfolk. The evening will begin with cocktails at the Torrington House (1805), relocated to Norfolk in 1940 by Charles Garside, and continue with dinner at the Rose Terry Cooke House (1795), relocated from Winsted to Norfolk in 1937 by F.S. Jerome. This fund-raising event is by invitation sent to members with reservations required.

John V. A. MacMurray: Photographs of Peking, 1913-1929

7/19/2015 - 4:00 pm

The Norfolk Library

During his career in the Foreign Service in China, John V.A. MacMurray took over 1,600 photographs of timeless landscapes, noted sites, and rural scenes. Bisi Starkey will talk about her father’s work and the family’s experience in China. She has been adjunct lecturer at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Museum teacher at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

An Irish Dinner at the Museum

3/14/2015 - 6:30 pm

Norfolk Historical Museum

Celebrate the Irish in Norfolk with a Guinness or two and some hearty Irish stew!$25/per person.Reserve your place today by sending a check to:The Norfolk Historical Society, PO Box 288, Norfolk, CT 06058

Stained Glass Window Tour in Norfolk

10/4/2014 - 1:00 pm

Meet at Battell Chapel, Village Green

This tour of Norfolk’s memorial stained glass windows will begin at Battell Chapel featuring its extraordinary Tiffany stained glass windows depicting the four seasons and continue up Maple Avenue to the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration with the Clemens memorial window. The walk will conclude at the Church of the Immaculate Conception where the architect Alfredo Taylor designed ten different window types to accommodate memorial windows given by Catholic families in Norfolk.

The walk is part of the 13th annual Housatonic Heritage Walks program.

Voices from the Backstairs: Domestic Servants in 19th and 20th Century New England

9/21/2014 - 3:00 pm

Norfolk Library

In the early 20th century, Norfolk was in its heyday as a summer resort. As “cottagers” arrived to spend the summer in the northwest hills, they often brought with them their maids, cooks, butlers, and chauffeurs. Local hired help might include gardeners, laundresses, or seamstresses. Who were these people and what were their lives like? While the census provides names, ages, birthplace, and occupation, voices from the back stairs generally have not been heard. Jennifer Pustz will provide some answers in an illustrated talk on the lives of domestic servants in 19th and 20th century New England. Jen will focus on three Historic New England properties to illustrate the diversity of domestic service. Period domestic manuals, ephemera, and other general material will also shed light on the lives of servants and relationships with their employers. This joint program with the Norfolk Library is part of the Connecticut at Work series, sponsored by CT Humanities. Free and open to the public.

A Walk through Norfolk’s Industrial Past

8/31/2014 - 1:00 pm

Meet at Battell Chapel, VIllage Green

Jobs in factories drew many Irish immigrants to Norfolk during the second half of the 19th century. Join Richard Byrne on a walk through what was once the factory district along the Blackberry River.

Creating a National Identity: Songs of the Irish-Americans

8/10/2014 - 3:00 pm

Klauer Hall, Church of the Immaculate Conception, Norfolk

An entertaining and enlightening musical journey with singer Rick Spencer who will take us back in time in a celebration of Irish-American heritage. This program will be followed by “Irish Family Folklore: Fact or Fiction, a Memory Event.” Please plan to share your memories of Norfolk’s Irish-American heritage as we try to document this important part of our history. Refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

A Beauty Born of Dreams: Ehrick Rossiter in Norfolk

7/23/2014 - 7:30 pm

Battel House, Village Green

Ehrick Kensett Rossiter (1854-1941) was in the vanguard of the newly professional practice of architecture in America after the Civil War. A member of the first graduating class in the architectural program at Cornell College (in 1876), Rossiter practiced architecture for over 50 years. He designed more than 350 projects in a variety of styles, providing homes, schools, libraries, churches, clubs and workplaces for a rapidly expanding America at the turn of the 20th century. Among these projects, seventeen were in Norfolk, CT, including the Music Shed (1906), Haystack Tower (1929), and several residences. Museum consultant and architectural historian, Ann Y. Smith has written the definitive story of Ehrick Rossiter and will discuss his Norfolk work at the next Music in Context program at Battell House. Copies of her book will be available.

The Village Beautiful: Sweeping History under the Rug

7/12/2014 - 4:30 pm

Norfolk Library

In an illustrated lecture first presented at the Norfolk 2023 celebration last October, Ann Havemeyer will uncover some of the thorny issues that divided the town as it faced an increasingly diverse population in the 19th century. Recent research has shed more light on the tension between the so-called Irish “semi-barbarous foreigners” and the Protestant “codfish aristocracy.” That aristocracy responded to the threat of social change by stamping their cultural heritage on the Norfolk landscape, transforming it into a Village Beautiful. Lecture will be followed by a book signing. Free and open to the public.

Ellen Battell Stoeckel: The Later Years

7/2/2014 - 7:30 pm

Battell House, Village Green

In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the death of Ellen Battell Stoeckel in 1939, Ann Havemeyer will present an illustrated lecture on this remarkable woman in her later years. Letters, photos, and memorabilia open a window to her private life and projects she undertook in Norfolk after the Festival was discontinued in 1923. This lecture is part of the Wednesday evening Music in Context series of the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. Free and open to the public.

2014 Exhibition

6/7/2014 - 10/12/2014

At the Museum

From the Mills to Main Street: Irish Families in Norfolk.

Nineteenth-Century Commerce in Norfolk

10/13/2013 - 2:00 pm

At the Museum

Nineteenth-Century Commerce in Norfolk. A narrated slide show at the Museum featuring period photographs and ledgers from Norfolk businesses. 2:00 P.M.

A Walk in the Village Center

10/5/2013 - 2:00 pm

Meet at Station Place

A Walk in the Village Center featuring Alfredo Taylor’s masterworks. Led by Ann Havemeyer. Meet at Station Place at 2:00 P.M.

A Hike through Meekertown

8/31/2013 - 10:00 am

Meet at the Museum

A Hike through Meekertown. Led by Richard Byrne. Meet at the Museum at 10:00 A.M. with appropriate footwear and your lunch.Join Richard Byrne on a hike through Great Mountain Forest to the remains of Meekertown, an early settlement in Norfolk. Named after Phineas and Joseph Meeker, Meekertown was described in 1820 as “a hamlet of heathens, living in intellectual, moral, and spiritual darkness.” Explore remnant cellar holes, Town House Rock, and the nearly hidden Meekertown cemetery. Although the charcoal burners are long gone, the charcoal pits have left their mark. This is a five-mile round trip hike which gains 500 feet in elevation as you trek the old Meekertown Road. Wear proper footwear and clothing appropriate for following deer paths through the woods to reach the cemetery. Don’t forget to bring a water bottle and your lunch. We will meet at the Museum at 10:00 A.M. and carpool to Meekertown. A $10.00 donation for non-members is requested for this hike.

Guided Tour of Exhibition

8/17/2013 - 2:00 pm

Meet at the Museum

A guided tour of the exhibition. Meet at the museum at 2 pm, Saturday August 17.

Guided Tour of Exhibition

7/13/2013 - 2:00 pm

Meet at the Museum

Guided Tour of Exhibition. Saturday, July 13, meet at the museum.

Presidents Weekend Open House

2/17/2013 - 2 - 5 pm

Norfolk Historical Museum

Last Chance to see the stunning exhibition: A Photographer in the Northwest Hills: Frank DeMars and Postcards of Norfolk

The Norfolk Roadshow

6/26/2011 - 4:00 pm

At the Norfolk Library

Have you ever wondered what that thingamajig you found in the corner of your attic was? Bring along your Norfolk treasure and see if our history experts can discover its past while learning about a few of the unusual gems in the Museum’s collection.

2011 A Walk Around the Village Green

10/2/2011 - 2:00 pm

Meet at the Museum

Enjoy a stroll around the Norfolk Village Green and learn about its history. The Village Green became the centerpiece of the town through the patronage of one extraordinary family in the late 19th century.

Jupiter Mars: Son of the Revolution

10/22/2011 - 10:30 am

Center Cemetery, Norfolk CT

The Connecticut Society of the Sons of the Revolution will hold a ceremony at the Center Cemetery in Norfolk to honor Jupiter Mars as a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Mars served under his owner, General Van Rensselaer, for our nation’s independence.

Post-Concert Reception at the Museum

7/21/2012 - Sat evening

At the Museum

We are pleased to welcome performers, concert-goers, and members to a reception at the Museum following the Tokyo String Quartet’s evening performance at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.

Then & Now – Postcard Walks Through History

7/28/2012 - 2:00 pm

This summer the Norfolk Historical Society will continue our popular Walks Through History program with a series of postcard walking tours of Norfolk “Then & Now”.
July 28 — A Walk down Laurel Way. Rescheduled for September 22 at 2:00 pm.
August 18 — A Walk up Maple Avenue. Find out more about the railroad crossing, the Gymnasium, Emerson Place, Miss Rowland’s boarding house known as Fairlawn, and the residential neighborhood of Maple Avenue. Meet in front of the Library at 2:00 pm.
September 8 — A Walk around the Village Green. Learn about the evolution of the Green from an 18th century meetinghouse commons to a pleasure park lined with impressive late-19th century buildings. Postcard images of Pettibone’s Tavern, Crissey Place, the Academy, and the first Parsonage provide windows into the past use of buildings and sites. Meet at the Museum at 2:00 pm.

The Mikado at Infinity Music Hall

6/30/2013 - 2:00 pm

Infinity Music Hall

On July 31, 1884, Village Hall was dedicated with a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pinafore. This summer, after over a century, Gilbert & Sullivan returns to the Village Hall stage when New York’s renowned Blue Hill Troupe brings a concert production of The Mikado to Infinity Hall. The benefit performance will be held on Sunday, June 30, at 2:00 P.M. For tickets:, 860-542-5531.