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On the Road with HHS: The Hobbammacko Club

Submitted by Elizabeth Malloy, Executive Director, Haddam Historical Society. (Oct. 14, 2020) -- The Hobbammacko (sometimes spelled Hobbomoco) Club building was erected in 1897 on...

History: Colonel Daniel Brainerd House in Higganum Center

By Alessio Gallarotti. (August 27, 2020) -- An interview with Sam and Pamela Crum, Stewards of the Colonel Daniel Brainerd House (built 1780). The Colonel Daniel...

Op Ed: In Defense of Washington and Jefferson: The Foolhardiness of Destroying Their Statues (Pt. 2)

By Philip R. Devlin. Part One of this two-part series can be found HERE. It was published last week and focused on Thomas Jefferson; this...

Op Ed: In Defense of Washington and Jefferson: The Foolhardiness of Destroying Their Statues (Pt. 1)

By Philip R. Devlin. (June 25, 2020) -- Context matters. When re-examining American history in light of today’s very legitimate concerns about racial equity, a...

Are Drive-In Theaters Making a Comeback?

By Philip R. Devlin. A chemical company executive named Richard Holingshead opened the first-ever drive-in theater in America 87 years ago this year in Camden,...

Who Were the Brooks Brothers from Haddam Who Served in the Civil War?

By Connie Harris Farrington. In the Shailerville Tylerville Cemetery, there is an impressive brownstone obelisk commemorating the small family of George and Abigail Brooks and...

The Middlesex County Temporary Home: A Short History of the Orphanage at Haddam

By Alessio Gallarotti. The building which currently houses the University of Connecticut’s cooperative extension center was once a home for abandoned children. Located at 1066...

Know Your Roads: Segment of I-91 Named After FBI Agent Slain by Notorious Criminal & Other Roads Named After Significant People

In the history of Connecticut highway names, learn about FBI agent Richard P. Horan, who was gunned down in Suffield on Good Friday 1957-- one...