"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 from May through October from 2-4. The Museum is also open for publicized events and is located at 141 Center Street, West Hartland, Ct.
WELCOME to our web site.. We believe that the best way for the town of Hartland to move into the future is to engage in the past. We are honored to be your guide to the local people, places and events that make Hartland so unique.
The Hartland Historical Society was founded by Stanley Ransom, Sr. in 1954 with the assistance of Alice Parmalee 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 will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2014. The Gaylord House was a gracious gift from the Town of Hartland to the Historical Society.
Additionally, a comprehensive History of Hartland was compiled by the late Stanley A. Ransom in 1961 and is available at the Gaylord House Museum'. The HHS Newsletter "The Chronicler" is published in the Spring and Fall by the Hartland Historical Society and is available 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.
Books Published by HHS and available for Sale by mail or at The Gaylord House Museum
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.