History Walks

Explore East Hampton, CT

Upcoming Tours Include

Sunday – August 18th @ 1:00

Hurd State Park History Walk

Hurd State Park

The Chatham Historical Society (CHS) is organizing a hike at Hurd State Park on Sunday, August 18th at 1 p.m. as part of its “Explore East Hampton” monthly series of walks. Come for a hike and learn the history of Hurd State Park. The walk is sponsored by the East Hampton Parks and Recreation Dept. Directions: From the junction of CT 66 and CT 151 drive south on CT 151 for 2.4 miles to the second traffic light. At the light turn right onto Hurd Park Road. Drive ½ mile and turn right at the main entrance. At the main entrance drive straight for 1 mile until you see the Split Rock Entrance Trail sign on the left. The walk will begin here. First the group will head to Carlson Pond. Next the group will go to Split Rock and River Vista in order to enjoy a scenic view of the Connecticut River. Hikers should bring water and hiking boots are recommended. Heavy rain will cancel the hike.

Saturday – Sept 14th @1:00

Union Hill Cemetary

Union Hill Cemetary

Stay Tuned for more updates on the Union Hill Cemetary Walk coming soon. 

The Chatham Historical Society Explore East Hampton History Walk will be visiting the “Union Hill Cemetery,

History Walk Leader – Kevin Tulimieri

Past Events

Sunday – May 19th @ 1:00

East Hampton CT  History Walk

Explore East Hampton

The Chatham Historical Society has rescheduled the walking tour of the Village of East Hampton to Sunday, May 19th at 1 pm as part of its “Explore East Hampton” monthly series of walks. Come for a walk back in time and learn about the proud and glorious history of the center of ‘our little village.’ The walk is sponsored by the East Hampton Parks and Recreation Dept.

Hunt Voelker, a native of East Hampton, will lead the walk. He has lived in East Hampton for 91 years and has strong interest in East Hampton History and is interested in sharing it with others.

Come and get a feel for how familiar structures located in the center of the Belltown National Historic District have been used over the years. Find out where Hitchcock’s Pharmacy was as well as the Buckland and Barton General Store, and Post Office. Learn about Siebert’s Opera House, Siegal’s Dry Goods, Barton Drug Store, Bevin Bell Factory, Louis James’ Candy Kitchen, and many more.

The Walking Tour offers a wonderful and unique opportunity for new residents to learn about the history of the Village Center and for life-long residents to share their recollections and stories with others. Adults and children are welcome to join in what promises to be an afternoon of making local history come alive. No dogs please.

The walk will begin and end at The Chatham Historical Society’s museum complex located at 6 Bevin Boulevard. Parking is available by the museum or behind the Center School.

The tour will take approximately 1 hour. Heavy rain will cancel the walk.

For further information about upcoming walks or the Chatham Historical Society, contact Marty Podskoch, coordinator of the “Explore East Hampton” walks at 860-267-2442

Sunday – June 9th @ 1:00

East Hampton, CT School History

Three Historic Schools

Join the Chatham Historical Society on Sunday, June 19 at 1pm for as we  “Tour Three Early East Hampton Schools: Chestnut Hill, Old Center School & Center School.”

Meet at The Chatham Historical Society Museum, located at 6 Bevin Blvd in the Town of East Hampton, Connecticut

History Walk Leader-Debbie Day   

Sunday – July 14th @ 1:00

Pine Brook Falls Preserve Walk

Pine Brook Falls Preserve

Join the Chatham Historical Society on Sunday, July 14th at 1pm for guided tour of Pine Brook Falls Preserve on Sexton Hill Rd in East Hampton, CT.

History Walk Leader- Al Petel

Pine Brook begins at the southeastern edge of

the Meshomasic State Forest and ends its journey in the Salmon

River and eventually the Connecticut River.

The 40-acre Pine Brook

Falls Preserve is part of the exceptionally healthy Salmon River system.  Though found in a rapidly developing region, it is part of an area that includes tidal marshes, forested riverbanks and streams teeming with trout. The Nature Conservancy purchased the property in 2003. They sold the land to the Middlesex Land

Trust while retaining a conservation easement, until both organizations sold their interest in the property to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Pine Brook Falls is now part of the Silvio O. Conte Fish & Wildlife Refuge’s Salmon River Division.

Chatham Historical Society

Preserving East Hampton History Since 1963

Chatham Historical Society Museum

Established in 1963, The Chatham Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit organization with the purpose of preserving East Hampton 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. We hope you enjoy this website experience and we look forward to keeping you informed about great ways to connect to the history of East Hampton, Cobalt and Middle Haddam, CT.

The Chatham Historical Society Museum and School House both located at 6 Bevin Blvd in the Town of East Hampton, Connecticut and are open to the public the first Sunday of each month from 2-4pm

Admission is always free. Donations are appreciated.

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