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deforest_st_front_pageEstablished 1945

22 Deforest Street
Watertown, CT 06795

The museum is currently open by appointment only.
Please call 860-274-1050 to arrange a time.

*Trivia Question Answer from our Winter 2016 Newsletter:  1974


The Westbury  Winter 2016
(Watertown Historical Society Newsletter)

The Watertown Historical Society was organized in 1945, with the objective of collecting local history. Through the years members have researched aspects of the area, our schools, industries, and families. Settled in 1701, known as Wooster-Westbury and finally Watertown, our community has certainly grown. Documents and artifacts collected mandated storage, and in 1968 the Fire District generously donated the second floor of its building at 22 Deforest Street as a museum site.
Volunteers from various town organizations produced exhibits, and volunteers still maintain the museum. An ever growing collection of treasures is available for free public viewing, depicting the town’s expansion in all districts, including Oakville, Guernseytown, Winnemaug, Linkfield, etc.

For those who have never visited the museum, we urge you to look into our mementos. Our members visit local schools and clubs, describing town history, endeavoring to interest citizens in the society’s work. We would be happy to accommodate other groups seeking further information in this way.

The primary goal of the society has always been to preserve Watertown history. We try to respond to all queries – from around the corner and around the country. Besides manuscripts, books, and artifacts, we have digital files of the Town Times newspaper from 1947 to 2000. We also have a fine selection of Connecticut state and local histories, and a wide genealogy area.

The society is eager to enlarge membership and active participation. Since its inception many new residents have moved into Watertown, many of our young people have grown up, and the town has increased in population.

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President – Brigitte A. Crispino
Vice President – Jan J. Guidess
Secretary – Linda L. Merriman
Treasurer – JoAnn Zanavich
Curator – vacant

Board Members

Stephen J. Bartkus
Nancy C. Maton
Elizabeth C. Porter

Kristina L. Atwood
Robert F. McCarthy

Jeffrey S. Grenier
Julie S. Reiff
Elizabeth Rebers



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