Old Manchester Museum, 126 Cedar St.
Hours of operation can be found on the Events page; call for a tour 860-647-9983.
The Manchester Historical Society's Old Manchester Museum is located at 126 Cedar Street, near Washington School driving directions. From 1859-1914, the building rested on a hill west of Pine Street and north of "School Street" (now called Cooper Hill Street). The building was known as Cheney School, built by the Cheney family, internationally famous for its silk. The school had two rooms on either side of a central hall with the boys' entrance on the right and the girls' entrance on the left.
In 1914, the entire building was lifted up and moved onto new foundations on Cedar Street to make room for Cheney Brothers'
new dye house. The building has been used at various times for a day care center, storage building, paint shop, library, emergency
three-level school with a kitchen/cafeteria in the basement, and a children's museum. In 1985, after hundreds of hours of
volunteer labor, it became our Museum of Local History.
Ed. Note: Click article about the school in 1948 to read an illustrated reminiscence sent to us by a former student at the Cheney School.
Inside the museum, visitors learn about Manchester's historically diverse community with widespread commerce and industry. Our exhibits include maps with Native American trails; photographs of Manchester's schools; Pitkin glass; Cheney silk; an old post office; mid-1800s dresses and furniture; "School House" corner; the Manchester Sports Hall of Fame; Spencer and Springfield Rifle exhibits; and changing exhibits.
The Museum also houses a research facility with over 75 separate collections and master files where researchers can view historic paperwork on particular subjects; war records from the Revolutionary, Civil, and Spanish wars, WWI and WWII, and Vietnam war; books by Manchester authors, as well as many genealogy records.
The Old Manchester Museum is also home to the Manchester Sports Hall of Fame, which is housed in the center part of the building. To access the Manchester Sport Hall of Fame page on this web site, please click the image at right...
Driving Directions to The Old Manchester MuseumFrom 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 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.