Current Events



Branford Beginnings Follow-Up Q&A

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021
7:00pm online through the
Blackstone Memorial Library

A follow-up to our February presentation, join us again as Joe Naylor answers your questions about the early history of Branford. Please feel free to email any questions before the event to You will also be able to write in the chat box during the presentation for live interaction.

Note: Registration is required to receive a link to attend this online event.

Missed the original Branford Beginnings presentation? No problem.

Gargoyles in New Haven

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021
7:00pm Online

Join us as Mathew Duman highlights a selection of gargoyles & grotesques found throughout the buildings of Yale University’s New Haven campus. Using original photographs from his book, “An Education in the Grotesque”,  he explores the artistic, historic, architectural, and even humorous significance of these decorative sculptures, and their role in communicating the identity of Yale University as a place of learning & enlightenment.

The Witness Stones Project

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021
7:00pm Online

Join us for a special presentation by Dennis Culliton.

Changes on Main Street

Date TBD

Join us as our very own Board Member, John Ifkovic, shares about the many changes in the landscape of Branford’s Main Street over the decades.

Coronavirus Announcement

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our
2020 Annual Meeting & Dinner in May, as well as our 2020 Annual Strawberry Festival in June unfortunately had to be cancelled. 

All 2020 Harrison House Tours were also cancelled, and we did not hold our regular visiting hours from June through September.

We are continuing to hold our planned Programs online through the Blackstone Memorial Library’s virtual portals.

We will send out information to our members and update our website when we have more information for our plans in 2021.


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:

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.

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.


Branford Beginnings

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021
7:00pm online through the
Blackstone Memorial Library

Join us as our very own Board Member and House & Grounds Chair, Joe Naylor, shares about the early history of Branford and the significance of his own ancestors’ participation in its founding. You’ll be more than happy you tuned in to hear Joe’s wealth of fascinating knowledge on these important events in our town’s history.

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

2020 (Virtual) Annual Meeting

Wednesday, December 2nd at 7:00pm
via Zoom (info. in email invitation)

Presenting a talk by State Historian,
Walt Woodward

“Creating Connecticut:
Critical Moments That Shaped a Great State”

Indian Neck Postcards

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
7:00pm online through the
Blackstone Memorial Library

Greetings from Indian Neck!
Wish you were here!

Join us as our Town Historian, Jane Bouley, shares images from her collection of Indian Neck postcards while giving a visual and historical tour of the beaches, stores, and summer hotels from Sybil Creek to Limewood Avenue, and along Linden Avenue to Summer Island and Sunset Beach.

The heyday of the travel postcard was 1905, until World War I when tourists came to Indian Neck to spend a few days, or the whole summer, at one of Indian Neck’s summer hotels or at a shoreline cottage for rent. They came to keep cool, swim and boat, go fishing and clamming, and just have fun. There was something here for everyone, from an inexpensive cottage to the 200 room Montowese House called the “Queen of the Sound”, the largest summer hotel between Newport and New York City.

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

The Lafayette Trail

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020
7:00pm online through the
Blackstone Memorial Library

Join us as Julien Icher, founder and president of the Lafayette Trail, Inc., speaks about French Continential Army General Lafayette and his farewell tour of the United States in 1824. Come and learn about his signifant role in the Revolutionary War and the importance of his final visit to America.

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