Walking Tours, Lectures, Fundraisers, and Other Activities

Lectures usually take place at the Manchester History Center at 175 Pine Street. Parking is available along Pleasant Street and along Forest Street next to the building; parking for people with disabilities is available in the small lot next to (north of) the History Center. The building is accessible. Light refreshments are often served.

The costs for lectures and walking tours varies; some events are free, such as our Veteran program; many of our walks are free for children under 16 accompanied by parents or other adults. Donations are always welcome.

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  • The Old Manchester Museum at 126 Cedar Street, open the first Saturday of the month, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. May through August and noon to 2:00 p.m. September to April, except holidays. It is also open by appointment -- phone 860-647-9983. The research facility is available all year round -- to make an appointment, please phone 860-647-9742.

  • The History Center and museum store, open Monday to Friday 10:00 to 2:00, are located in the former Cheney Machine Shop, 175 Pine Street at the corner of Forest Street -- where you can purchase local-history items such as books on local history, copies of vintage maps, Kage company plastic decorations, Manchester Herald cookbooks, t-shirts with historic scenes of Manchester, copies of high school yearbooks, vintage business directories, mugs, notecards, and limited-edition ceramic tree ornaments with images of Cheney Homestead and other landmarks. There is also a study area where visitors can conduct research by browsing through old Manchester directories, surveys, high school yearbooks, and booklets. There's an exhibit of the Russell barber shop, with barber pole, and vintage barbering tools and furniture, as well as a standing exhibit about Cheney silks. Questions: 860-647-9983.

  • Board meetings of the Historical Society are held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the History Center, 175 Pine Street (except July and August meetings at the Old Manchester Museum, 126 Cedar Street, which has better air conditioning!). Members are welcome to attend and may speak or ask questions at the beginning of the meeting. Dates: 5/15, 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18. Questions may be directed to 860-647-9983.


  • Throughout May: Manchester school children tour the historic district, including the Cheney Homestead, Keeney Schoolhouse, Old Manchester Museum, History Center, and Cheney Hall. You may see the students and their teachers and chaperones walking from building to building, learning about the history of the silk mills, and what life was like in the past. Thanks to the many volunteers who make these tours possible. A few of the volunteers and members of the organizing committee are pictured on the left. All of Manchester's public school third-grade students, plus Odyssey, St. James, and St. Bridget schoolchildren participate. The tours are scheduled from 9:30 to 1:30 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, through May 23. These tours support our mission of educating the public about the history of Manchester.

  • Sunday, May 26 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Memorial weekend open house at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Fun activities and games for all ages, including prizes for a Bigelow Brook Duck Race and Sunflower Planting Contest. Possible peek inside the house itself. Patriotic refreshments will be served. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through October. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Saturdays during May, "Connecticut Architecture, 100 Places." Author Christopher Wigren talks about this beautifully illustrated book, in a one-hour television program. One of the featured buildings is in Manchester, and is discussed in detail. Christopher Wigren is an architectural historian and Deputy Director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. His articles and essays have appeared in The Hartford Courant, The New Haven Register, and Connecticut Explored magazine. The book is a project of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and reflects 30+ years of fieldwork and research in statewide architectural surveys and National Register of Historic Places programs. The book talk was recorded April 7, 2019 at the History Center, 175 Pine Street. Pictured on right is the cover of the book. The TV show airs at 12:00 noon and at 8:00 p.m. on Cox cable channel 15 on Saturdays, and runs on all the Saturdays of the month. The show changes each month. This Channel 15 broadcasts in Manchester, Glastonbury, South Windsor, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, and Newington. The television show is produced by Susan Barlow, directed by Kathryn Wilson, research by Jill Gelinas, volunteers of the Manchester Historical Society. You can watch this month's show on the Public Access website Current TV Program on Manchester Public Access website. Many other shows available on the Public Access website by putting "Historical" in the Search field.

  • Saturday, June 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Old Manchester Museum open, 126 Cedar Street. Visit the former Cheney School, built in 1859, and view permanent exhibits, maps, school information. The Manchester Sports Hall of Fame is located in this building. Guides will be available to answer questions. Parking along the (one-way) street, or in the lot at the corner of Cedar and Cooper Hill Streets, right next to the museum. A small museum shop is open, with books and maps about local history. The museum will be open the first Saturday of the month through December. More about the museum here.

  • Saturday, June 8, Connecticut Open House Day and Manchester museums open from 11 to 3: the History Center at 175 Pine, Cheney Homestead & Keeney Schoolhouse at 106 Hartford Road. Details soon on Old Manchester Museum at 126 Cedar Street, guided tours at the Woodbridge Farmstead on East Middle Turnpike at Manchester Green, and possibly Pitkin Glass Works at the corner of Parker and Putnam Streets. 2018 story about Connecticut Open House Day. Enjoy visiting the open museums and a stroll on your own in the Historic District.

  • Sunday, June 9 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Open House at the Cheney Homestead, 106 Hartford Road. Visit this early American home, including the recently opened Homestead Art Gallery and be inspired by Manchester's rich history in art. Tour the 1785 Homesteadwhich was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by the Cheney family in 1968 for use as a house museum. Guided tours include the 1751 Keeney Schoolhouse, history of the Homestead and its contents, and of the family who lived there. As with many New England homesteads, the house is built into a hill, with doors opening out to the yard on both the upper and lower levels. For old photos and history of the Homestead on this website, visit Cheney Homestead history. We plan Open Houses generally on the second Sunday of the month. Donations welcomed for the upkeep of the Homestead.

  • Sunday, June 9 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, weather permitting, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through October. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Tuesday, June 11 at 10:00 a.m., the Historical Society's Genealogy Group will meet at the History Center, 175 Pine Street, topic to be announced. The public is invited! Our genealogy meetings are for both amateur and more experienced genealogists, as we explore topics in genealogy, helping each other with research and in overcoming roadblocks. The Genealogy Group consists of Historical Society members, but non-members are also welcome ($3.00 fee for non-members). The group usually meets on the second Tuesday of the month, except December, July, August. Visit Genealogy Page to find out more about the group, contact the coordinators, or read information about previous meetings and presentations.

  • Saturday, June 15, Great Lawn walking tour starting at 11:00 a.m. NOTE TIME! Starts at the Historical Society's loom exhibit, 199 Forest Street, near the intersection of Elm Street. Led by Susan Barlow and Tom Ferguson of the Manchester Historical Society. View mills, machine shop, and the town-owned nine acres of lawn facing Hartford Road. We'll walk from the looms, up Forest Street, and with permission from a mansion owner, we'll cross their private property, and make our way across the lawn, over rough and hilly terrain. Slow pace, some uneven and hilly terain; takes about 90 minutes, with commentary on the history of the area. Extreme weather cancels, but the walk will be held in light rain, so please bring an umbrella. $10 for non-members, $7 for members, and free for children under age 16. Photo on left is a postcard of Hartford Road before 1910 -- that's the old Cheney office building (the "new" one, location of Fuss & O'Neill, was built in 1910). Many of the mansions on the Great Lawn look substantially the same as 100 years ago. The home of Frank Woodbridge Cheney, however, is no longer there. Read about it on this website at "Big Red" (Big Red was the nickname for this large house formerly on the Great Lawn).

  • Sunday, June 23 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, weather permitting, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through October. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Saturday, July 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Old Manchester Museum open, 126 Cedar Street. Visit the former Cheney School, built in 1859, and view permanent exhibits, maps, school information. The Manchester Sports Hall of Fame is located in this building. Guides will be available to answer questions. Parking along the (one-way) street, or in the lot at the corner of Cedar and Cooper Hill Streets, right next to the museum. A small museum shop is open, with books and maps about local history. The museum will be open the first Saturday of the month through December. More about the museum here.

  • Sunday, July 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Open House at the Cheney Homestead, 106 Hartford Road. Visit this early American home, including the recently opened Homestead Art Gallery and be inspired by Manchester's rich history in art. Tour the 1785 Homesteadwhich was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by the Cheney family in 1968 for use as a house museum. Guided tours include the 1751 Keeney Schoolhouse, history of the Homestead and its contents, and of the family who lived there. As with many New England homesteads, the house is built into a hill, with doors opening out to the yard on both the upper and lower levels. For old photos and history of the Homestead on this website, visit Cheney Homestead history. We plan Open Houses generally on the second Sunday of the month. Donations welcomed for the upkeep of the Homestead.

  • Saturday, July 13 at 1:00 p.m., Cheney Railroad history hike starting at the north end of Main Street in Manchester, 4.26.15ChenRRWalkSmall.JPGon the north (right) side of Farr's Sporting Goods, 2 Main Street, Manchester, CT 06042. Park at the nearby shopping plaza or Eighth Utilities District office building (please do not park in Farr's parking lot). Hikers will have an easy, fairly flat, walk along the former railroad, built in 1869 to connect the Cheney silk mills to the main rail line in the North End. At 2.5 miles, it was the shortest freight-and-passenger railroad in the United States. We will hike at a moderate pace along the one-mile portion owned by the Manchester Land Conservation Trust and on to the bridge overlooking Center Springs Park, which will take about 2 hours round trip. Participants will hear about the history of the railroad and see maps and old pictures. A special favor will be given to children who attend the hike, co-sponsored by the Land Trust and Connecticut Forest & Park Association, and open to all. We will hike if light rain -- bring an umbrella -- but extreme weather cancels. No dogs, please. FREE.
    Click here to see information about the history of the Cheney Railroad on the Manchester Historical Society's website. To enjoy the trail on your own, print a copy of this railroad map.


  • Sunday, July 14 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, weather permitting, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through October. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Sunday, July 28 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, weather permitting, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through October. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Saturday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Old Manchester Museum open, 126 Cedar Street. Visit the former Cheney School, built in 1859, and view permanent exhibits, maps, school information. The Manchester Sports Hall of Fame is located in this building. Guides will be available to answer questions. Parking along the (one-way) street, or in the lot at the corner of Cedar and Cooper Hill Streets, right next to the museum. A small museum shop is open, with books and maps about local history. The museum will be open the first Saturday of the month through December. More about the museum here.

  • Sunday, August 11 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Open House at the Cheney Homestead, 106 Hartford Road. Visit this early American home, including the recently opened Homestead Art Gallery and be inspired by Manchester's rich history in art. Tour the 1785 Homesteadwhich was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by the Cheney family in 1968 for use as a house museum. Guided tours include the 1751 Keeney Schoolhouse, history of the Homestead and its contents, and of the family who lived there. As with many New England homesteads, the house is built into a hill, with doors opening out to the yard on both the upper and lower levels. For old photos and history of the Homestead on this website, visit Cheney Homestead history. We plan Open Houses generally on the second Sunday of the month. Donations welcomed for the upkeep of the Homestead.

  • Sunday, August 11 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, weather permitting, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through October. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Sunday, August 25 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, weather permitting, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through October. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Sunday, September 8 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Open House at the Cheney Homestead, 106 Hartford Road. Visit this early American home, including the recently opened Homestead Art Gallery and be inspired by Manchester's rich history in art. Tour the 1785 Homesteadwhich was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by the Cheney family in 1968 for use as a house museum. Guided tours include the 1751 Keeney Schoolhouse, history of the Homestead and its contents, and of the family who lived there. As with many New England homesteads, the house is built into a hill, with doors opening out to the yard on both the upper and lower levels. For old photos and history of the Homestead on this website, visit Cheney Homestead history. We plan Open Houses generally on the second Sunday of the month. Donations welcomed for the upkeep of the Homestead.

  • Sunday, September 8 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, weather permitting, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through October. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Sunday, September 22 at 1:00 p.m., annual member meeting of the Manchester Historical Society at The History Center, 175 Pine Street. Financial and activity reports, membership vote on proposed slates of officers and directors, other items of general interest. Financial statements are included in the December 2018 Courier.

  • Sunday, September 22 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, weather permitting, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through October. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Saturday, October 5, the 43rd annual walking tour of the Cheney Historic District with commentary by Dr. Chris Paulin of Manchester Community College, 1:00 p.m. Popular history walk starting at Fuss & O'Neill, 146 Hartford Road (plenty of parking in their lot west of the building). Find out about those huge brick buildings that remain from the days of the world-famous silk mills. Who worked there? Who owned the mills? Where did workers and owners live? This event is co-sponsored by Manchester Community College and the Manchester Historical Society. We’ll see Cheney Hall, the former silk mills, the location of the defunct South Manchester Railroad, the Loom exhibit at the former Cheney machine shop, neighborhoods of worker housing, and Washington School. The walk takes about two hours with a distance of a mile or so. No rain date, so bring umbrellas if weather is iffy. Extreme weather cancels. The walk is free, but donations to the Manchester Historical Society are welcome. The District walking tour began in 1976 under the leadership of Manchester Community College faculty members John Sutherland and Tom Lewis. Chris Paulin has continued the tradition. To view a map of the District on this web site, click Cheney Landmark District. Photo on right: the 2009 walking tour.

  • Sunday, October 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Open House at the Cheney Homestead, 106 Hartford Road. Visit this early American home, including the recently opened Homestead Art Gallery and be inspired by Manchester's rich history in art. Tour the 1785 Homesteadwhich was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by the Cheney family in 1968 for use as a house museum. Guided tours include the 1751 Keeney Schoolhouse, history of the Homestead and its contents, and of the family who lived there. As with many New England homesteads, the house is built into a hill, with doors opening out to the yard on both the upper and lower levels. For old photos and history of the Homestead on this website, visit Cheney Homestead history. We plan Open Houses generally on the second Sunday of the month. Donations welcomed for the upkeep of the Homestead.

  • Sunday, October 13 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., Open House at the Woodbridge barn and grounds, weather permitting, 495 East Middle Turnpike. Free. Visit the restored eighteenth-century barn and the grounds of the Society's Woodbridge property. The Farmstead is located at Manchester Green, near the intersection of East Middle Turnpike with Woodbridge Street. The barn, located behind (north of) the house, was restored with funds from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, the SBM Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, and individual donors. Visitors can park at the municipal lot behind the Senior Center, or along the street between the Senior Center and the farmstead itself. From the street, walk to the backyard using the grass driveway between the house and Woodbridge Pizza. The Woodbridge farmstead is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are tour guides to describe the barn, and displays of farm tools and equipment. The farm was donated to the Manchester Historical Society by Ray and Thelma Woodbridge in 1998. Additional open houses on the second and fourth Sundays of the months July through October. For a poster with old and new photos, click Woodbridge barn open house.

  • Saturday, November 2, North End walking tour starting at 1:00 p.m. at the parking lot of the Eighth Utilities District offices, 18 Main Street, corner of Hilliard and Main. Stroll to the former Mather Electric/Bon Ami building, and view the location of the former Depot Square as well as many historic buildings still in existence. The walk takes about one and a half hours. Read about the North End, also known as "Union Village" at: Walking Tour Flyer: North End. Union Village is on the National Register of Historic Places, and includes historic icons such as the Second Congregational Church and the Whiton Memorial Library. The photo at left shows the Pohlman Cigar Store, formerly in the "Downtown" area of the North End. The walk will be held rain or shine, but extreme weather cancels. Check this website for last-minute changes. Please bring bottled water. No dogs, please. Cost is $3 for Historical Society members, $4 for non-members, and free to children under 16 years of age.

  • "The Mystique of Silk” exhibit at the History Center, open during regular hours, weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., but please phone 860-647-9983 to double-check if open. This exhibit was created by the Cheney Cemetery Association's President, Carol Cheney, great-granddaughter of Knight Dexter Cheney, President of Cheneys from 1894 to 1907. Carol describes the exhibit as commemorating "the 100th anniversary of the Cheney Cemetery Association in 2016, and the enduring Cheney Family legacy of innovation and good will. The family expresses deep gratitude to the generations of Cheney Brothers employees whose dedicated service helped build the Town of Manchester." "Design, advertising, and sales of Cheney silks were handled at the company’s New York offices. Much can be learned about the Cheney Brothers brand from their advertisements in high-end magazines of the day. These ads emphasized life style and corporate image over product details." The framed ads in the exhibit are from Carol Cheney's collection. These stunning advertisements for Cheney silks were displayed at MCC On Main during June 2016. Additional information about the exhibit, written by Carol Cheney, describes "the aura of elegance and luxury" that these Cheney advertisements emphasized.


    The Old Manchester Museum's research facility at 126 Cedar Street is open year 'round. Please phone the curator at 860-647-9742 to make an appointment to conduct research.