Chatham Historical Society
Preserving East Hampton History
Preserving East Hampton History
Established in 1963, The Chatham Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit organization with the purpose of preserving East Hampton Connecticut’s History. We believe that preserving historic places and events provides an essential link to our past, furthermore reminding us of who we are and where we came from.
The Chatham Historical Society Museum and School House are open to the public the first Sunday of each month from 2-4pm
Admission is always free. Donation are appreciated.
East Hampton Calender
This website intends to provide information to the public about the Chatham Historical Society’s upcoming events and programs with the purpose of bringing together people interested in the History of East Hampton, Cobalt, and Middle Haddam, CT.
There is always something interesting to do on our Event Calendar which features an annual Antique Appraisal Day, a Biennial Historic House Tour, an annual Town-wide Tag Sale, Historic Walking Tours, Monthly Speakers, and an annual Fall History Festival.
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Upcoming East Hampton Events
September 15 , 2018
Paul and Sandys Too
Paul and Sandy’s Too
93 East High St (RT66)
East Hampton, CT
The Chatham Historical Society is organizing a walking tour of Paul’s and Sandy’s, Too Garden Center at 93 East High St. in East Hampton on Saturday, Sept. 15th at 3pm.
Visitors will learn the history of the garden center and tour its stores, greenhouses, Pumpkintown USA, and get a wagon ride tour of the center’s property. The walk is sponsored East Hampton Parks and Recreation Dept.
In 1954 Paul Peszynski first started selling vegetables at a stand that he and his father converted from an old chicken coop on Rt. 66.
At that time his main customers were people from New York City who came and rented cottages or stayed at one of the seven hotels that were on Lake Pocotopaug. Years later Paul got married to Sandy Flemke and they had four children: Mark, Jill, Daniel, and Karen. Paul & Sandy opened a toy and sporting goods store with a sprinkling of home and garden supplies and named it Paul’s Home Supply, the same property where Paul sold fresh fruits and vegetables during his summers to pay for his college tuition as a young man.
As the years passed, Paul and Sandy found that the demand for toys and sporting goods declined, but the need for home and gardening supplies soared, and the transition to green goods and hardware was natural.
In 1992 the creation of what is now known as Pumpkin Town USA was started. First came a few pumpkin-headed people, then the town we all know and love. Most recently added, the Ride at Pumpkin Town that features a mile-long hayride through the woods with over 30 additional pumpkin- heads and their dwellings. This local attraction hosts over 20,000 people during the short seven weeks it is open from the middle of September through Halloween.
When Sandy’s breast cancer returned in 1993, they decided it was time to fully pass the torch to the children, so they could enjoy retirement together. Jill, Dan, and Karen took the reins and ran with them finding strengths in all aspects of the business and working together to increase sales and their customer following. They took the values instilled in them by their parents, Paul and Sandy, about superior customer service, and how important it is to give back to the community that supports them.
After Sandy lost her battle to breast cancer in 2007, the Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation was created and today has raised over $385,000. This foundation differs from others as 100% of what is donated goes directly to the hospitals cancer programs to help women.
This monthly series of hikes is designed to introduce people to the history of East Hampton. The hikes also foster friendships, promote a healthy lifestyle, and help develop an appreciation of the history of East Hampton.
The walk will begin at the green houses in back of the main store. The walk is recommended for children six years to adults. It will take approx. 1 hour. No dogs please. Heavy rain will cancel the hike and a rain date is on Sunday, Sept. 16th at 3 pm. Visitors should park by the green houses behind the main store or along Old Marlborough Rd. Please do not park on Rt. 66.
September 29 , 2018
Historic House Tour
The Chatham Historical Society’s Biennial East Hampton, CT Historic House Tour will be held on September 29, 2018 from 10am – 4pm.
Tickets are on sale for $20.00 and can be purchased at the Town Clerks Office in the Town Hall and at the East Hampton Library.
The day of the tour, tickets will be available at the Chatham Historical Society Museum located at 6 Bevin Blvd, from 10am -1pm.
For more information on this years Historic House Tour call (860) 267-4732 or (860) 267-8953.
October 14 , 2018
Fall History Festival
Sunday October 14th 2018
At The Chatham Historical Society Museum 6 Bevin Blvd. East Hampton
This years Fall History Festival will be honoring Paul and Sandy’s Too Celebrating 48 years of Paul Peszynski & Family who have served our community. Featuring old time crafts, free cider and doughnuts, and bands. At The Chatham Historical Society Museum 6 Bevin Blvd. East Hampton
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6 Bevin Blvd
East Hampton, CT 06424