WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE!

Thank you for visiting the website of the Manchester Historical Society -- connecting people to the history and charm of Manchester. We hope you have an opportunity to visit our museums and attend some of our events -- our history walks and hikes, exhibits, lectures and slide shows, and tours of our historic properties for adults and children. Our non-profit organization is dedicated to education and preservation.

About this Website:
The website is large, growing, and packed with information. Along the left-side of this page are links to the major sections. Please browse ... there's no telling what you'll find! If you're having trouble finding something specific, please use the Website Search button (on the upper left of this page) to look at our website alone or the entire Web. For frequent posts of vintage photos and events, please join our Facebook page (also at the upper left of this page).

Questions, comments and suggestions about the website may be emailed to the webmaster. General questions may be directed to info@manchesterhistory.org or 860-647-9983..






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last update: 2/26/2014


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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS PICTURE? posted: 08/05/2014

John Knoll photo of a parade on Main Street circa 1920. Note the trolley tracks and note that the first building seen on the right of the photo is still there, but with only two stories. It was the original Manchester Trust Company and Savings Bank of Manchester.

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Hours, Locations, Directions, and Admission


The Manchester History Center


175 Pine Street
Manchester, Connecticut 06040
860-647-9983


Exhibits, special events, lectures, a museum store, and administrative offices are located at The History Center.

Hours of operation:
Administrative offices are open by appointment, phone 860-647-9983. Lectures and exhibits at the History Center are listed on the Upcoming Events page. Museum store hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. If Manchester's schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Museum Store may also close, so please phone ahead, 860-647-9983.
Driving Directions to The Manchester History Center
From Hartford, eastbound on Route 84, Exit 59 to I-384 East.
Take Exit 3 off I-384. Right off the exit ramp onto South Main Street. At the first light, take a left onto Hartford Road. Take the second right onto Pine Street. The History Center is on the right, at the corner of Forest Street. The parking lot is just beyond the building.

From Providence, R.I. and Bolton, CT, westbound on I-384 West.
Take Exit 3 off I-384. Left off the exit onto Charter Oak Street. Straight through first light (intersection with Main Street), and stay straight -- name of road changes to Hartford Road. Take the second right onto Pine Street. The History Center is on the right, at the corner of Forest Street. The parking lot is just beyond the building.


Old Manchester Museum



126 Cedar Street
Manchester, Connecticut 06040
860-647-9742.


Exhibits, archives, and a museum store are located at this museum.

Hours of operation:
The Old Manchester Museum and its museum store are open Saturday 10 to 4 and Sunday 1 to 4, except holidays. Closed during the winter. See the events page for new and permanent exhibits and the winter closing time. The research facility is open by appointment; phone curator David Smith, 860-647-9742.
Driving Directions to The Old Manchester Museum
From Hartford, eastbound on Route 84, Exit 59 to I-384 East.
Take Exit 3 off I-384. Right off the exit ramp onto South Main Street. At the first light, take a left onto Hartford Road. Take the second right onto Pine Street, and then the second left onto Pleasant Street. Take the first left onto Cedar Street. The museum is on the right at the end of the street.

From Providence, R.I. and Bolton, CT, westbound on I-384 West.
Take Exit 3 off I-384. Left off the exit onto Charter Oak Street. Straight through first light (intersection with Main Street), and stay straight -- name of road changes to Hartford Road. Take the second right onto Pine Street. Take the second left onto Pleasant Street. Take the first left onto Cedar Street. The museum is on the right at the end of the street.


Cheney Homestead and Keeney Schoolhouse on the grounds of the Homestead


106 Hartford Road
Manchester, Connecticut

Hours of operation:
Open the second Sunday of each month except holidays, and also by appointment and for special events. Please call 860-647-9983 for more information.
Driving Directions to The Cheney Homestead and Keeney Schoolhouse
From Hartford, eastbound on Route 84, Exit 59 to I-384 East.
Take Exit 3 off I-384. Right off the exit ramp onto South Main Street. At the first light, take a left onto Hartford Road. The Homestead is the third building on the left, approximately a quarter mile from the light.

From Providence, R.I. and Bolton, CT, westbound on I-384 West.
Take Exit 3 off I-384. Left off the exit onto Charter Oak Street. Straight through first light (intersection with Main Street), and stay straight -- name of road changes to Hartford Road. The Homestead is the third building on the left, approximately a quarter mile from the light.

Admission to the Old Manchester Museum and exhibits at all sites is by donation. Costs for lectures, history walks, and other programs are listed on the events page.



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