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!
The Gaylord House Museum
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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Available Hartland Historical Society Publications
Hartland Remembers 2014 Editor: Judith F. Devlin, Assistant Editors: Joanne M. Groth and Patricia A. Davis. Collection of stories written by Hartland residents. They include personal and historical family stories along with town history, i.e. post office, fire department…
Hartland Hollow…The Doomed Town 1991 Author: Pauline E. Skaret Contents of this book tell about the livelihood of the families in Hartland Hollow from the early 1900s through the 1930s.
History of Hartland The 69th Town in The Colony of Connecticut 1961 Compiled by Stanley A. Ransom in celebration of the towns bi-centennial
The Paul Crunden Journal 1989 Paul was the driving force behind the renovation of the Gaylord House 1983-1989. This book chronicles activities and persons involved in this labor of love.
The Gaines Notes 1984 Editor Judith F. Devlin, with photographer John Gaddas. Compilation of historical and anecdotal information of East Hartland homes still standing at the time of writing, based on the carefully preserved research of a true historian—Mr. David Gaines.
Blueberry Memories Recipes Collection of recipes from Hartland residents. Each year the Hartland Historical Society celebrates the opening of the Gaylord House Museum with the Blueberry Picnic. Blueberries became an important part of the cash crop of the local Hartland farmers in the 1940s due to the earlier abandonment of many farms that grew to brush and sprout
HARTLAND GIFTS AND PUBLICATIONS AVAILABLE AT THESE 2017 EVENTS:
House Tour, Carnival, Blueberry Picnic, Santa Breakfast. Would you like to order ahead? (see order form for items available) mail in or email hartlandhistoricalsociety.com.