Special Fund Raiser!    Thanks to everyone who purchased a Community Bag during the month of May.  We raised almost $100! The Society can still benefit from the program. When you purchase a Community Bag, please fill out the attached form and select the Vernon Historical Society instead of the default group as your choice the for the donation. The offer is available only at the Stop & Shop at 10 Pitkin Road, Vernon. Thanks for your continued support of the Society and it mission.

Mission Statement

The Vernon Historical Society is a volunteer operated, non-profit organization. The purpose of the Society is to create interest and activity in the field of local history.

The Museum building serves as a repository for a variety of collected materials that are available to the general public for research.

These collections aid historians, genealogists, and interested citizens in research, and provide source materials for exhibits, publications and programs.

During Museum hours, volunteers are present to answer questions and provide access to collected materials.

Another Successful Book Sale!

Thanks to everyone who donated books, shopped and worked at the sale. The Book Sale is our big fund raiser. Revenue from the sale supports maintenance of the Society's  collections and our building.
We will start collecting books again in January 2020. Thanks and keep reading!

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Upcoming Events

September Program-9/22/19

“The Longview Express – A History Mystery!”

Local resident Greg Gunn has been researching the possibility of a trolley line that headed up Ellington Avenue and extended beyond the border of Rockville.  When trolleys were in use, however, this particular area, formerly known as the Longview section of Ellington, was only sparsely settled resulting in a limited need for such transportation.   So – who would use such a trolley line and for what reason would it be built?  Was it used to transport Rockville residents eager to enjoy a picnic at Shenipsit Lake or was it needed to transport stone mined from a quarry in the lake area?  And what evidence is there to prove its existence?

Mr. Gunn will present the evidence at our September 22nd meeting at 2pm. We extend an invitation to all community members to join us, especially those who have memories of seeing old tracks embedded in street pavement or property in the area being researched.

As an added attraction, on the following Saturday, September 28th at 1:00 pm, we’ve arranged for a guided bus tour covering the Longview area and a drive by the northern shore of the Lake.   Tickets to join the tour will be on sale for $10.00 after Mr. Gunn’s presentation.  Mr. Gunn’s program will begin after a very short business meeting that begins at 2:00 pm at the Vernon Historical Society on 734 Hartford Turnpike (Rte. 30) in Vernon, Connecticut.   For more information please call the Vernon Historical Society at 860-875-4326 or visit our website at www.vernonhistoricalsoc.org.

New VHS Exhibit for 2019

To accompany the recent revision of Vernon, Our Town, a special exhibit in the Museum will display objects and photographs from the Society's collection that were chosen for the book. These rarely seen items will be on display during Museum hours- Thursdays 2pm to 4pm and on the second and fourth Sundays from 2pm to 4pm.

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Finding Aids for selected VHS collections included
in Connecticut Archives Online Database.
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