Clinton Historical Society

103 East Main Street
860-669-2148

About Us:

First home to the Hammonascit people and later established as a plantation for English settlers in 1663, Clinton, Connecticut boasts a rich and remarkable history. Yale University's first classes were conducted here. None other than Benjamin Franklin, Colonial Postmaster General, personally determined the site of a Boston Post Road milestone on current Main Street. Hundreds of trading ships were built and launched from Clinton's shipyards and the Ponds Extract Company (now part of Unilever) set up shop in town to harvest, process, and bottle witch hazel. For generations, vacationers, artists, and year-round residents have found pleasure and a deep community spirit at our shore. Since 1938, the Clinton Historical Society has researched, recorded, and shared stories of Clinton's past. Now, we invite you to discover life in Clinton in the days and centuries gone by.

The name “Clinton” – In 1667, the original settlement was named Kenilworth by Hartford officials, probably at the request of Edward Griswold, the town’s first delegate to the Hartford General Court. Griswold had been born at Kenilworth in Warwickshire, England. Local dialect and irregular spelling soon altered Kenilworth into “Killingworth”. In 1838 the northern portion of the town separated from the original coastal community, taking with it the name Killingworth. The southern section chose “Clinton” as its new name, honoring the nationally popular New York politician, Dewitt Clinton.


Upcoming Events at Clinton Historical Society

Annual Ghost Walks Tour

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 at 6:00pm
Clinton, CT
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Annual Ghost Walks Tour

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018 at 6:00pm
Clinton, CT
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Recent News

Clinton Historical Society Makes Capital Improvements Donation to The Adam Stanton House and General Store Museum

Christy Pontillo, President of The Clinton Historical Society, recently presented a Five Thousand Dollar Award check to Pat Lindahl, President of The Adam Stanton House, Inc. to be used for capital improvements to the museum this year.  The boar…

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Clinton Historical Society Awards Two Scholarships To Morgan Graduates

The Clinton Historical Society awarded two scholarships to the class of 2018 Morgan High School graduates. Katie Kozak was presented with the Victor Mays Scholarship. Brett Martin received the Ernest P. Burnham Scholarship. The awards were presented …

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Clinton Historical Society Seeking Plant Donations for Memorial Day Plant Sale

Attention all gardeners! The Clinton Historical Society is seeking plant donations for the annual Memorial Day plant sale from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Monday, May 28th on the grounds of Old Brick at 103 East Main Street in Clinton. If any garde…

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Clinton Historical Society Seeks New Members

The Clinton Historical Society is seeking new members and renewal of exiting memberships during the month of April.  A one year membership cost only $20 (Individual), $30 (family) or $40 (Contributing), higher levels of contribution also are availab…

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Clinton Historical Society Museum Room Continuation of Morgan School Exhibit August/September 2016

In keeping with the anticipated opening of Clinton’s new high school, this year’s Clinton Historical Society Museum Room’s exhibit will be “The Morgan School”. In addition to the rich history that will be told about The Morgan School, each …

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Help Save the Stanton House Museum and General Store by Getting Involved Now!

The Clinton Historical Society (CHS) is planning to hold several Open Houses at the Stanton House Museum and General Store, located at 63 East Main Street in Clinton.  The purpose of these Open Houses is to help recruit and inform people who are int…

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Christmas In Clinton Open House

The fire will be ablaze and hot mulled cider will be waiting for you the Clinton Historical Society once again participates in the annual Christmas in Clinton Open House Event.  The Society will open free to the public its headquarters within the be…

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Clinton Historical Society Offers Members Bonus for Holidays

Clinton Historical Society MembershipAre you starting to think about Christmas gift shopping?  Do you know someone who’s a history buff, hard to buy for, or has everything?  For a limited time only Clinton Historical Society is offering a one yea…

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Clinton Historical Society - New Town Hall Museum Room Exhibit 'A Call To Duty: Clinton’s Involvement and Contribution to The Civil War and The War of 1812'

CLINTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY ‘s new exhibit “A Call To Duty: Clinton’s Involvement and Contribution to The Civil War and The War of 1812” is now open. Come view many local items from the era. The exhibit starts off with a framed hand-sewn Ameri…

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Clinton Historical Society Seeking Plant Donations for Memorial Day Plant Sale and Open House

The Clinton Historical Society needs plant donations for their annual Memorial Day plant sale on the grounds of Old Brick at 103 East Main Street in Clinton.  If any gardeners are separating their perennials and would like to donate them to the Clin…

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Clinton Historical Society Hosts Holiday Luncheons and Dinner At Old Brick

The Clinton Historical Society will host the annual Holiday luncheons at Old Brick.  New this year will be the addition of a dinner served by candlelight on Friday evening, December 13th  at 6:00 p.m.  This year’s meals will be served in the bea…

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Historic MorganSchool Plaque Donated to Clinton Historical Society

The Clinton Historical Society was recently the recipient of a very historical piece of Morgan School memorabilia.  Trudy Stannard rediscovered the 1882 plaque earlier this year in her garden shed where it lay forgotten for the past 50 years.&nb…

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Clinton Historical Society News - New Victor Mays Scholarship to be Awarded to a Clinton Senior

The Clinton Historical Society is happy to announce the creation of a new scholarship in honor of longtime member and renowned artist Victor Mays. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating high school senior who lives in Clinton and who ha…

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Clinton Historical Society Seeking Plant Donations For Memorial Day Plant Sale

Attention all gardeners!!!!!  The Clinton Historical Society needs plant donations for their annual Memorial Day plant sale at the grounds of Old Brick.  If any gardeners are separating their perennials and would like to donate them to the …

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Clinton Historical Society hosts Holiday Luncheons at Old Brick

The Clinton Historical Society will host the annual Holiday Luncheons at Old Brick .  This year’s luncheon offers an expanded menu served in the beautifully decorated historic 1750 Old Brick at 103 East Main Street, Clinton.  The menu inc…

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Clinton Historical Society Presents ‘Glory Days: Memories of the Chesebrough Ponds and Unilever Clinton Plant’

Clinton, CT -- The Clinton Historical Society is pleased to present a program on the story of the Pond’s Factory and its employees at Henry Carter Hull Library. In addition to a brief history of the program, current and former employees including G…

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Clinton Historical Society Hosts Annual Ghost Walk

Chills, thrills and a whole lot of fun! The Clinton Historical Society will host its 6th annual Ghost Walk and Cemetery Tour. This year's walk will include tours and ghostly stories at the Elisha White House ( Old Brick)and a guided Ghost walk along …

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Clinton Historical Society’s Flynn Library Temporarily Closed Due To Expansion

Effective immediately the Clinton Historical Society’s Flynn Library is closed due to construction and is expected to re-open in mid-September.  A newly expanded library will open in the fall.  We apologize for any inconvenience and will …

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