Current Events

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Strawberry Shortcake at the Branford Festival

Fresh sweet strawberries ​& real whipped cream!​​

June 17, 2023 ~ Saturday only
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
(or until berries run out!)

Near the Souvenir Tent
​Next to the Trinity Church

To volunteer, contact membership@branfordhistoricalsociety.org
or call (203) 488-4828

ON-GOING EVENTS

TOUR THE HARRISON HOUSE MUSEUM

The Historic Harrison House Museum at 124 Main Street, Branford is open to the public for free guided tours every Saturday, from 1-4 pm, June through the end of September or by appointment. (Donations are appreciated)

For more information email us at: tours@branfordhistoricalsociety.org

The circa 1724 saltbox house and property is recorded on the National Register of Historic Places, and is maintained by the Branford Historical Society. It features period furnishings and Branford artifacts.

Also on the two-acre site, is the Harrison House Barn with a display of local period tools, a colonial flower garden, and a lovely herb garden. The gardens were established and are beautifully maintained by the
Branford Garden Club.

TOUR SEASON IS
JUNE – SEPTEMBER
SATURDAYS, 1-4 PM

BUT YOU CAN ALWAYS CONTACT US TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT FOR A PRIVATE TOUR AS LONG AS WE’RE ABLE TO ACCOMODATE.

TOURS@BRANFORDHISTORICALSOCIETY.ORG

Historic House Plaques & Research Service

The Branford Historical Society offers house plaques to identify historic structures and landmarks in Branford. Properties are acknowledged by date of construction and by original or historically recognized owner.

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Coronavirus Announcements


Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 & 2021 Annual Meeting & Dinner in May, as well as our 2020 & 2021 Annual Strawberry Festival in June, and our 2020 & 2021 Annual Holiday Open House in December, unfortunately had to be cancelled.

All 2020 Harrison House Tours were cancelled, and we did not hold our regular visiting hours from June through September. Tours were resumed for the 2021 season.

Our 2020 Annual Meeting was held virtually on December 2nd and our 2021 Annual Meeting was held virtually on November 16th

From early 2020 through late 2021, we held our planned Programs virtually through the Blackstone Memorial Library’s online portals.

In November 2021, we were able to hold our Witness Stones Project Program in person again, with safety precautions in place, and plan to continue this for most of our programs going forward.

After two years off, we held our 2022 Annual Strawberry Festival again in June, as well as our 2022 Annual Meeting which was postponed from May to September. We were also able to hold our 2022 Annual Holiday Open House again in December.

We continue to send out information to our members and update our website as things progress, but as of mid-2022, we have been able to return to all of our normal operations.

RECENT EVENTS

2023 Annual Meeting & Dinner

Thursday, May 18th at 5:30pm
at the Pine Orchard Club

Presenting a talk by Robert Barnett
Stone Buildings and Building Stones: Stony Creek Granite and Portland Brownstone

(based on his new book, “Deconstructing Stone Buildings: A Journey Through New England”)

Keep on Digging:
Using Land Records for Genealogy Research

Wednesday, April 26th at 6:00PM at the Blackstone Memorial Library

Join us as Town Historian, Jane Bouley shares how to use land records to uncover a wealth of historical genealogical information.

Weren’t able to make it? No problem. Click below to view the recording.

Earth Day 2023: Come Visit Our Table on
the Branford Green

The Oystering Life

Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00PM at the Stony Creek Congregational Church

BACA and The Branford Historical Society are sponsoring a screening of “The Oystering Life”, a feature-length documentary about the history of oystering along the Connecticut shoreline.