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Filling Up Fast—Only 6 Spots Still Open for the Walktober Oct 23 Walk on the Historic Captain John Clark Property

Historic Captain John Clark House on Route 169, South Canterbury Road, a National Scenic Byway
Historic Captain John Clark House on Route 169, South Canterbury Road, a National Scenic Byway

Now’s the time to pre-register if you want to join us for an architectural overview of this jaw-dropping historic mansion house, followed by a walk on the estate property to and from the Quinebaug River narrated by Dr. Nick Bellantoni, Emeritus Connecticut State Archeologist.

Free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Participation is limited to 50 people over the age of 10. This morning, October 5,  at the time of this posting  we have only six slots open before we start a waiting list.

To secure your spot, call Ellen at 860-546-9346. If needed, leave a message including your name, phone number, and email address.

Before pre-registering, please read more about the event on this website at

Special Thanks to All Who Contributed to Old Home Day

The weather cooperated yet one more time to help make the Canterbury Historical Society’s annual Old Home Day on September 19 a fun time for visitors, exhibitors, musicians, and volunteers.

Have a look at these shots by talented photographer Linda Orlomoski, Canterbury Historical Society president.

The Norwich Bulletin featured articles both before and after Old Home Day.

We gratefully acknowledge these generous sponsors, whose support enables us to keep Old Home Day free to attendees and exhibitors. We couldn’t do it without them.

  • Big Y
  • Brooklyn Country View Restaurant
  • Canterbury Constables
  • Canterbury Volunteer Fire Department
  • Canterbury Mini-Storage
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Southeastern New England
  • Ed’s Garage
  • Frito-Lay
  • Gates GMC Buick Nissan
  • Hart’s Greenhouse
  • Panera Bread
  • Quinebaug Kennels
  • Town of Canterbury
  • The Turnpike Buyer
  • Westminster Tool
  • Everyone who exhibited, volunteered, baked, or helped out in any way

These talented musicians


Old Home Day scene September 19, 2015
Old Home Day scene September 19, 2015. Photo by Linda Orlomoski.

Get the 2015 Old Home Day Flyer

OLD flyer 2015bThe Canterbury Historical Society’s annual Old Home Day will be held this year on September 19, 10 am to 4 pm. For good reason, this yearly celebration has become Canterbury’s favorite way of welcoming fall.

Click for the Old Home Day flyer. After opening it, you can do a “save as” to download it. Help spread the word—put it up at work, school, church, or on your Facebook page.

For full info on Old Home Day 2015, see this web page.

And follow coverage on Facebook and Twitter too. 



Walktober Event Planned on the Historic Captain John Clark Property, Oct 23, 2015

Captain John Clark House on Route 169, South Canterbury Road, a National Scenic Byway

Sorry to ask you to click one extra time, but we have deleted this event’s early preliminary description on this News page to avoid confusion.

Please see the current information on this page  

Canterbury Historical Society's Revamped Website Launched on October 10, 2014

Welcome to our revamped website site. The new site represents a facelift, but if were familiar with the old site, you should still be able to easily find what you’re looking for here. We’re also providing links to archived postings of our past programs and news on the legacy website for easy access. Happily, the website is only one of our online sites. Give the others—Facebook and our brand new Twitter presence—a look if you’re not familiar with them. They both represent our lighter, somewhat unpredictable side while providing lots of images, area news and happenings, and historical insights. 


Thanks to all who made annual Old Home Day an Enjoyable Day on September 13, 2014

OHD bannerIt might not have been a bright and sunny Saturday, but the rain held off just long enough for us to celebrate our 11th Annual Old Home Day Celebration with nary a sprinkle!

Check out these links to photos by talented photographer and Canterbury Historical Society president, Linda Orlomoski:

We couldn’t put on this event without volunteers. Thanks to everyone who stepped up and helped out in any way.

Many thanks to these 2014 Old Home Day Sponsors, whose generosity allows us to keep this fall community celebration free to both exhibitors and attendees:

  • Brooklyn Country View Restaurant
  • Canterbury Mini-Storage
  • Ed’s Garage, Canterbury
  • Big Y, Plainfield
  • Westminster Tool, Plainfield
  • Quinebaug Kennels, Canterbury
  • Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Waterford
  • Willimantic Waste
  • Hart’s Greenhouse & Florist, Canterbury
  • Stop & Shop, Norwichtown
  • WalMart, Lisbon
  • Better Val-U, Canterbury
  • Frito-Lay, Dayville

Special thanks to these talented performers who kept the live music flowing throughout the day:

  • Mystic Brass Quintet
  • Army Sergeant Major Franklin D. May
  • Still Pickin’
  • Dave Orlomoski with Gordon Titcomb & Dave Aston
  • Everett St. Louis with Jack Kerouac & Friends

And sincere gratitude to Canterbury’s dedicated fire police and  constables for keeping everyone safe—they’re the best.

Check out coverage of Old Home Day by Denise Coffey in the Reminder News (, and on our Facebook page (

Thanks to All Who Contributed to the July Red Cross Blood Drive Hosted by the Canterbury Historical Society

ThankkYouPostItIn summer, blood supplies are often low, but the need is not. According to the Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

We thank the generous folks who donated blood to help others at our July 13 drive; along with long-time Canterbury Historical Society blood drive chairs, Lynne and Les Pitman; ten additional volunteers who gave their time; and everyone who contributed refreshments or funds for their purchase. We are renowned for the quality of the snacks we serve, including fresh fruit salad, home-baked goods, and pieces of subs. Special kudos to Better Value Supermarket for donating the subs, which are always a hit with the blood donors.

The Red Cross was able to schedule only 21 appointments for us as a result of the drive at St. Augustine Catholic Church just five days earlier. We’ve asked the Red Cross not to schedule another Canterbury drive so close to ours in the future, and they assure us they won’t. As usual, we had several no-shows, but walk-in donors more than compensated. A total of 30 pints were collected. Jeff, our Red Cross contact, gave us high praise for all our promotional signage and our café.