Canterbury Historical Society

Canterbury, CT

Canterbury Historical Society

Canterbury, CT

Canterbury Historical Society

Canterbury, CT

Canterbury Historical Society

Canterbury, CT

Canterbury Historical Society

Canterbury, CT

Canterbury Historical Society

Canterbury, CT

Welcome to Canterbury

​The Canterbury Historical Society seeks to promote appreciation and interest in the history of our beautiful little New England town. We collect and preserve materials that illustrate and document Canterbury history, and encourage the preservation of our historic sites and assets. Please accept our invitation to attend any of our free public events, become a member, or enjoy a walking tour of the Canterbury village center.

Picturing a Moment in Time

George Washington Smith House

Built in 1886 across the street from his mast hoop shop, the George Washington Smith House is the best preserved example of Victorian period architecture in town reflecting an Italianate influence of no particular design. The house looks very much the same today!

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Upcoming Events

Latest News

Announcing Canterbury’s 2nd Annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest!

As part of this year’s Canterbury Old Home Day, to be held on Saturday, September 28th, we’ll be hosting our 2nd Annual Scarecrow Decorating Contest! Open to individuals, families, schools, organizations, and businesses, there will be prizes for 1st , 2nd and 3rd...

Applications Open for Canterbury Old Home Day 2024

Another new year has rolled around which means the planning for another Old Home Day has begun! Applications are currently being accepted by the Planning Committee for Old Home Day which will be held on Saturday, September 28th, 2024 from 11 am to 4 pm on the town...

Canterbury Old Home Day Returns on September 30th!

Canterbury’s favorite fall festival - Old Home Day - will be returning to the Canterbury Green after several years hiatus and we’ve got a long list of vendors and exhibitors who will be joining us on Saturday, September 30th from 10 am to 3 pm. With over 50...

Featured Project

Green (Centre) Schoolhouse Restoration

The Green (Centre) District Schoolhouse on Canterbury green is the last one-room district school in town that is open to the public. A volunteer committee of the Canterbury Historical Society began restoring the Green School in 2002, and their work, other than ongoing maintenance, is now complete.