Opening of the C.D. Batchelor exhibit on June 6th, 2015

Programs & Projects

The Society is always looking for new participants for its programs and projects. Anyone interested in being involved, please contact James J. Hogan III, Vice President, 860-391-2354.

Press Releases

Holiday Festival of Trees, Trains and Traditions

The 3rd Annual Festival of Trees, Trains and Traditions will be held on Dec. 4th and 5th on the Society's grounds at 245 Main Street. We encourage you to take a walk through the memories of your childhood this year as we present the Festival of Trees, Trains and Traditions. There will be a Lionel Train display by Frank Santoro, a passion of his childhood. Search for other traditions as you stroll through the festively decorated Stone House and Carriage House.

Hours: Friday Dec. 4th 5-8pm and Saturday Dec. 5th from 4-8 pm. A horse drawn carriage will stop in front of the Stone House as part of the Deep River’s Holiday Stroll. Parking is available on site for those visiting independently.

Deep River's civic organizations are hard at work creating trees to tickle your fancy and urge you to vote for your favorites. We are proud to showcase these organizations and their missions. Come out and support them as they support the town of Deep River all year long. Voting will only be Friday evening. So come and vote for your favorites. It's hard to forget the Lion's Club tree with a pink pig wearing only his sunglasses on top of last year’s tree. Or the stunning display of a non-traditional tree from the Library.

Admission is free. Non-perishable food donations for the Deep River Food Panty are much appreciated.

Charlotte Lazor
P: (860) 526-5979


Deep River and the African Elephant Press Release

In 2011, 25,000 African elephants were slaughtered by poachers supplying illegal ivory traders and more were decimated last year. A study from the Wildlife Conservation Society shows that 60 percent of all African forest elephants have been killed in the last decade for their ivory, leaving about 80,000 in their primary habitats in Western and Central Africa.

Though we are half a world away, the town of Deep River has a long history with the African elephant, as well as a strong connection to these gentle giants, and growing concern about their continued welfare and survival in their natural habitat.

For this reason the Deep River Historical Society, the Deep River Rotary Club and the Town of Deep River will be presenting a special two-day program on Saturday, November 9th at 7 pm at the Deep River Town Hall, followed on Sunday, November 10th at 2 pm with a screening of the National Geographic film: “Battle for the Elephants” and an exhibit at 3:15 pm at the Society’s Carriage House chronicling both Deep River’s and Ivoryton’s history with the elephant including memorabilia from our collection of Ivory artifacts. Awards for the elephant program student art and history projects will be presented by Dr. Ruth Levy, Superintendent of Valley Regional Schools and Lorraine Penzara-Griswold, President of Deep River Rotary Club. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Save the Elephant Foundation in Kenya whose mission is “to secure a future for elephants and sustain the beauty and ecological integrity of the places they live, to promote man’s delight in their intelligence and the diversity of their world, and to develop a tolerant relationship between the two species.”

Our speakers will include:
Dan Ashe, Director of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
Brenda Milkovsky, former founding Director of the Connecticut River Museum
Paula Kahumbu, Executive Director of the Kenya Conservation Trust and WildlifeDirect, and Chairman of the Friends of Nairobi National Park
Joe Courtney, US Congressman CT, Second Congressional District

For ticket information, call Nancy Cohn at (860) 526-4407.

Charlotte Lazor
(860) 526-5979


Historical and Architectural Resources Inventory of Deep River

Historical Society Extends Study of Historic Structures in Deep River

The town of Deep River is blessed with many beautiful and historic commercial buildings and homes. These structures serve as living testimonials of Deep River’s colorful history: center chimney capes from the settlement days, classic colonials, stately federals, and Victorians, from the days of the piano key factory. This heritage deserves to be documented and preserved.

The Architectural Heritage Committee, of the Deep River Historical Society, is proud to announce that it has completed a study, with a grant from the State of Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community Development, State Historic Preservation Office. This study, of historic structures in Deep River, is a second phase of the project and includes 241 buildings and will extend our earlier work described below. A third grant in the future will complete this landmark documentation of all historic structures in the town, serving as a resource for many generations to come, and serving as the basis for a potential future book, on Deep River’s architecture and history.

If you are interested in seeing the first and second phase documents prepared through these grants: Historic and Architectural Resources Inventory for the Town of Deep River, Connecticut, they are still available.

The first phase, 520 page document contains: an excellent Historical and Architectural Overview of Deep River, recommendations relative to establishment of National Register Districts, identification of "properties that may be individually eligible for the National Register,” and finally, 470 pages of documentation for 150 historic structures in Deep River. Each and every historic structure has a completed "Historic Resources Inventory" form and a photograph of the building.

The two studies may be viewed on-line, at the Deep River Historical Society web site, at Go to Programs & Projects and then select: "Click here to download (PDF)".
Both of the full reports are also available for review at the Deep River Library.

Click here to download Phase I - 2011 (PDF)
(Please refer to pages 47-50 to view the Index of the Inventoried Resources.)

Click here to download Phase II - 2013 (PDF)

To view the Inventory Forms, click here to download (PDF)


House Documentation Program

The Society will provide you with documented research of your house's deed history, including names and dates of ownership. You will also receive an official plaque to display with pride on the exterior of your house, which will state the name of the earliest owner, and the date that the house was built.

For more information and an application form, click here (PDF)