• New Canaan Historical Society

    Founded in 1889, we promote historic preservation and build an appreciation of our Town’s rich past through programs, events, research, exhibitions, museums and more.
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  • Historic Town Register

    Here we have a selection of significant New Canaan homes over 100 years old, Drummond Visitation Homes, Landmark Homes, New Canaan Historic District Homes, and more. – Learn More

  • Genealogical
    Research

    Genealogical Research

    The New Canaan Historical Society maintains a large, well-focused research library of more than 3,500 volumes, specializing in local history, regional history, and genealogy. – Learn More

  • Calendar
    of Events

    Calendar of Events

    We hold a large diversity of events all year long. Events are for the all ages and those interested inthe history of New Canaan and the surrounding area.
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Celebrate With Us, 125 Years and Counting

  • Colonial Cocktails & Concert

    Friday, October 10th, 2014 The first special event for our 125th year. Twelve past presidents will be invited as honored guests. We hope to meet many of them for cocktails and appetizers before a concert of early American music by Eric Lichack and Vincent Costa, who will be performing the harpsichord and the baroque flute.

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  • Colonial Day

    Saturday, October 11th (Raindate October 12th), 11:00am – 3:00pm Join in a celebration of our 125th birthday with colonial activities. There will be a fife and drum opening, militia drills, games, and a general store. The museums will be open with demonstrations and food. Visit the herb garden and follow it with a visit to the Cody Drug Store with many medicinal herbs on display.

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  • Get Involved

    The New Canaan Historical Society is open to everyone. We welcome you as a guest and invite you to become a member — we are not exclusive and we have no waiting lists!

    Ways to Get Involved
    Become a Member
    Volunteer
    Educational Programs
    Become a Museum Docent

  • Some Historical Facts

    • The New Canaan Playhouse opened on Sept. 19, 1923 with a showing of “Down to the Sea in Ships”
    • The town’s first fire engine was paid for on July 4, 1845 in which a volunteer fire company was organized
    • The dedication of the town’s first high school took place on July 4, 1926
    • New Canaan’s first retail shoe store was built in 1870 at the corner of Elm, J. & J. Benedict
  • A Century Ago…

    The 1910 census showed that New Canaan’s population had risen to 3,667 residents.  The town reported an assessment of 945 houses (up 53 from the year before) with a value of $2,859,560. New Canaan received the generous donation of a large parcel of land from the widow of Benjamin P. Mead, thus paving the way for the creation of Mead Park in the coming years. Construction was also underway for the town’s first library, architected by a local resident.