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Torrington’s Historical Society

1174987_539093762824509_1100268125_nHave you ever visited your hometown historical society or museum? Most of the larger cities and many of the smaller communities have them and they are vital to our understanding of our hometowns. These valuable resources preserve artifacts and stories for future generations.

Tony visited the Torrington Historical Society which has a research library, a historical house (the Hotchkiss-Fyler house), a carriage house that holds changing exhibits and a historical museum which houses a permanent exhibit entitled “There’s No Place Like Home”. There is a wealth of information here about the local community that shows us how Torrington grew from a divided plot of land in 1732 to the bustling city of the industrial age to the Torrington of the present day! There was a portion of the exhibit that focused on John Brown, the famous abolitionist who was born in Torrington, CT. There was a portion of the exhibit that focused on what it would be like to be a “yankee peddler” (and Torringtonians know there’s a Yankee Pedlar Inn at the center of town)! Tony even saw an old fashioned trolley schedule! The museum staff was generous with their knowledge and their time and it was a wonderful visit!

Do you live in a town that doesn’t have a historical society or history museum? Maybe you’re the person who can get that rolling. History is always happening so it’s never too late to start!