WELCOME to our web site. Our goal is to
"bind the past with the future."
The Historical Society brings our town's history into your lives through its newsletter, events, publications and the Gaylord House Museum. The Society is volunteer run and depends on membership dues, donations and volunteers!
"Tis a rough land of earth and stone and tree
Where breathes no castled lord or cabined slave
Where thoughts and tongues and hands are bold and free
And friends will find a welcome, foes a grave:
And where none kneel, save when to Heaven they pray,
Nor even then, unless in their own way.
And, in the beginning was the Gaylord House!
Built in 1845 by noted Architect, Elias Gilman. In 1854 the house and land was deeded to Giles M. Lawton. Giles Brother, Joseph was the Grandparent of Samuel A. Lawton (b.1845), a Civil War private from Hartland. The Museum is open the first Sunday of the Month, May through October from 2-4 pm. The Museum is also open for publicized events and is located at 141 Center Street, West Hartland, Ct.
The Hartland Historical Society was founded by Stanley Ransom, Sr. in 1954 with the assistance of Alice Parmelee and Jeffrey Ransom. Stanley A. Ransom was the Societies first President. In 1983-4, Paul Crunden encouraged the Hartland Historical Society to take on the renovation of the Gaylord House to showcase the Societies expanding collections. In 1989 the circa 1845 Gaylord House Museum opened after a locally supported renovation effort and celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2014.
Additionally, a comprehensive 200 year History of Hartland was compiled by the late Stanley A. Ransom in 1961. The HHS Newsletter "The Chronicler" is published in the Spring and Fall by the Hartland Historical Society and is mailed to all residents of the town and Society members.
In 2011 the Town of Hartland celebrated its 250th Anniversary. The town was the 69th Colony in Connecticut and incorporated in 1761.
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Books Published by HHS:
History of Hartland 1961 Author: Stanley A. Ransom A condensation of 200 years of Hartland History.
The Gaines Notes 1984 Editor: Judith F. Devlin, with Photographer John Gaddas. Historical Profiles of houses still standing in the Hartlands.
Diary of Hartland 1989 Author: Paul Crumden
Hartland Hollow The Doomed Town 1991 Author: Pauline E, Skaret. Stories and Photos of the families in Hartland Hollow from the early 1900s through the 1930s.
Memorial Day parade, 9:30 AM - members of HHS will parade - all paid members are welcome to parade.
Hartland School first, second & third graders to visit the Gaylord House Museum.
Members Only House Tour being held at Joan Stotlze historical home, E.H. sunday 2 to 4 PM with refreshments. Member dues accepted at the door. HHS sales items will be available for purchase.
Carnival Booth/parade HHS sales items available first 2 nights with Clown Toss game all 4 nights.Members to parade on Saturday -- all paid members are welcome to parade.
Blueberry Picnic, Sunday,1 to 4 PM on the Gaylord House Museum lawn. If raining will be held at the West Hartland hall/library. HHS sales items will be available for purchase. Public is welcome to attend.
Civilian conservation Corp (CCC) Camp presentation co-sponsored with the Hartland Land Trust. Marty Podscotch speaker on camps, artifacts and slide show of Camp Robinson, E. Hartland courtesy of HHS, refreshments, HHS Fall meeting and hike of Camp Robinson area. Saturday, 1 PM, Wilderness Camp East Hartland. Public is welcome to attend.
Santa Breakfast and Gift Shop, Saturday, 8-11 AM East Hartland Firehouse, HHS saled items will be available for purchase. Public is welcome to attend.