Calendar of Events
The Most Famous Private in George Washington's Continental Army
Tim Chaucer will portray Joseph Plumb Martin as a 70-year old man recalling his days as a much younger man during the Revolutionary War. Martin was one of very few soldiers who stayed with Washington almost the entire length of the war. He wrote his memoirs at age 70 when he came to realize that Americans did not know about the intense suffering of the average continental soldier during the years 1776-1783. Joseph will tell in great detail what happened to soldiers like him during those many trying years and why he did not rejoice when the war was over.
Tim Chaucer is a former American history teacher who became interested in Martin because Joseph grew up in Milford, Connecticut living with his grandparents, the Plumbs. Tim is an active preservationist with the Milford Preservation Trust and a member of the 6th CT Regiment
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: email@example.com
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 and Research Service
History & Geology of Lake Saltonstall
Sunday, November 19th at 1:00 p.m.
The Regional Water Authority and the Branford Historical Society will lead a joint trip at Lake Saltonstall to talk about the area’s history during the colonial period, as a recreational playground in the 1890’s and regional reservoir. We will walk a loop starting from the fish shack and going to the head of the lake. Along the way, we will speak about the time when small boats brought people from a trolley station at the southern end of the lake up to a picnic grove that was bordered by ballfields. We will bring some photos that show the area in its heyday. Meet at the fishing parking lot off Hosley Avenue (nearest the fish shack). Weather permitting.
Why is the Trolley Museum important?
Tom Laurenson will talk about the story of the trolley and related forms of mass transit in their historical, social, economic, experiential and skills aspects. October 25th at 7pm at the Blackstone Library. The Shore Line Trolley Museum maintains and operates a number of trolley and rapid transit cars, and is the custodian of photographs, documents and artifacts which preserve the history & heritage of the Trolley Era.
The Stone Walls and Structures of England and New England
Andrew Pighills will compare and contrast geology, building styles, and techniques, and follow the development and evolution of stone walls and structures in England and New England from Colonial times to the present day, and explain how they fit into the garden and wider landscape past and present.
Wednesday, July 26th, 7:00 pm
at the Blackstone Library
Strawberry Shortcake at the Branford Festival