Many thanks to everyone who helped out in any way to make 2019 Canterbury Old Home Day on October 12 a fun day for the whole community—including exhibitors, musicians, sponsors, bakers, volunteers, and visitors. The weather was cloudy and cool, but the rain held off and we generated our own warmth.
As of September 15, we were no longer accepting exhibitor applications for this year’s Canterbury Old Home Day fall community celebration. As of October 3, our exhibitor waiting list also closed. If you would like to possibly exhibit next year, send an email to CanterburyOHD@gmail.com, and we’ll put you the contact list. Thanks for your interest.
From Sunday, September 1st to Saturday, September 14th, we would be delighted if you consider “rounding up” when you make a purchase at Canterbury’s Better Val-U IGA supermarket (at 4 North Canterbury Road, Canterbury). When you “round up” the amount of your purchase—say, $15.35 rounded up to $16.00—that extra 65¢ will be a sponsorship donation to the Canterbury Historical Society’s Old Home Day on October 12th. How cool is that?
Please consider shopping often between September 1st and September 14th, “round up” your purchase price and contribute to Canterbury Old Home Day. Thanks!
We cordially invite you to stop by at some point over this season at the charming 19th century Green district schoolhouse. Bring the kids or grandkids to let them experience a bit of what school was like, before all the intense screen time of the present. School was up close and personal back then. Because this little schoolhouse was in service into the 1950s, during your visit there’s a good chance you might even get to meet a volunteer who attended this school.
This year, the seasonal schedule will see the schoolhouse open for visitors on the following dates:
There’s also the option of requesting a different date and time; call 860-546-9062. We hope to see you there.
The location is Canterbury green, just behind the 1st Congregation Church of Canterbury. Put 6 South Canterbury Road, Canterbury, Connecticut into your GPS, and turn it at Library Road. Admission and parking are always free.
We are in the process of updating our historical society email list for notices of meetings and events. If you do not currently receive emails from us, but would like to, kindly send your full name and email address to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or maybe you used to get our notices and haven’t provided us with your new email address?
We are happy to send these notices to anyone who is interested. No need to be a society member.
Check out these photos of the recent visit of Santa and Mrs. Merry Claus to Canterbury’s historic one-room Green district schoolhouse. Both big kids and little kids had big fun. And all those cookies that Mrs. Claus baked and handed out—yum!
Lots of the photos taken that day are bound to end up on family Christmas cards.
Many thanks to the dynamic duo of board member Amy Orlomoski. and the Canterbury Historical Society’s BFF Linda Orlomoski, for arranging this much-anticipated annual event.
The morning of Old Home Day dawned cold, wet, and raw, but spirits weren’t dampened by the weather. Dozens of historical reenactors, farmers, pliers of traditional crafts and trades, artists, civic organizations, and other exhibitors prepared to welcome visitors. As the morning wore on, the sky brightened and the sun peeked through.
We thank all who helped out with Old Home Day—from volunteers to exhibitors, the musicians who performed throughout the day, the Canterbury Lions who cooked and served hot food, and these generous sponsors.
Brooklyn-Canterbury Large Animal Clinic
Brooklyn’s Country View Restaurant
Canterbury Better Val U
Canterbury Recreation Commission
Canterbury Athletic Association
Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England
Location: South Canterbury Road (RT 169) at Library Road – Canterbury, CT 06331
Admission and parking for the Green schoolhouse are always free.
Drop by this season for a visit at the historic 19th century one-room Green district schoolhouse, now fully restored by Canterbury Historical Society volunteers. It’s the only one of Canterbury’s old district schoolhouses that’s open to the public. Bring the kids or grandkids for a glimpse of school life on a more intimate scale than nowadays, and without the technology and personal digital devices that can be so distracting in modern life.
Because this charming little schoolhouse was in service well into the 1950s, chances are that during your visit one or more of the friendly Canterbury Historical Society volunteers who greet you may have attended this very school. Who better to show you around and answer your questions?
Regular open hours this season are on the fourth Sunday in June and the second and fourth Sundays in July, August, and September from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. Dates are:
Sunday June 24
Sundays July 8 & 22
Sundays August 12 & 26
Sundays September 9 & 23
Plus Saturday, October 13 in conjunction with the Canterbury Historical Society’s annual Old Home Day
You can also call 860-546-9062 to request an appointment for a different date and time.
Our hearts are heavy for the family and for our community—both suffered terrible losses that day.
People have been asking us about the history of the house and its architectural significance, so here’s an overview, largely derived from the Canterbury Historical Society’s HISTORIC RESOURCE SURVEY of Canterbury Center, Packerville, and Route 169, published in April 1992 in collaboration with the Connecticut Historical Commission.
Traditionally known as the William Moore house, this house was built circa 1803 in an imposing, elegant Georgian Federal style at the northeast corner of the intersection of what are now routes 169 and 14. William Moore was a merchant who ran a store in the village center and also served as postmaster. The front porch was added much later, in the 1920s.
As one of the centerpieces of the National Historic District in Canterbury center, the William Moore house is architecturally significant as one of the most elaborately detailed Georgian houses in Canterbury, a role augmented by its prominent location on the corner of the main intersection in the village center. Its projecting center pedimented bay, elaborate corner pilasters on pedestals, and elegant Palladian window represent the height of country Georgian architecture. Given that the window matches the Palladian window on the former First Congregational Church on the green (no longer standing), which was known to have been built by Plainfield architect-builder Thomas Gibbs, it is reasonable to assume that Gibbs also built this house and the other similarly detailed houses in Canterbury. These stylistically related houses include the Elisha Paine house (Prudence Crandall Museum) kitty-cornered across the road, believed to have been built about 1805.
The William Moore house also has historical significance as part of the development of Canterbury as a commercial center around 1800. The convergence of two major roads (later improved as turnpikes) stimulated the establishment of stores, shops, and the offices of professional men. The upper floor of this house at one time accommodated a ballroom where Masonic organizations met. Later in the 19th century, the house became the home of prominent merchant, banker, and politician Marvin H. Sanger, Connecticut Secretary of State from 1873 to 1876. In 1921, it was the home of Lillian Frink when she became one of the first women ever elected to the Connecticut General Assembly, along with four other women elected that same year.