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Thanksgiving Weekend 2020: History Scavenger Hunt

Submitted by Elizabeth Hart Malloy, Exec. Dir., Haddam Historical Society.

The Haddam Historical Society is sponsoring a drive-around-town History Scavenger Hunt over Thanksgiving Day Weekend (November 25-29, 2020). The hunt has 10 questions and participants will venture around Haddam, Higganum and Haddam Neck to locate the answers. Each question will start with background information containing clues, and then ask you to locate a building or site, of which there are several examples in town. No two answer sheets need to be the same! This family fun activity will allow you to explore our town’s rich heritage. We are asking that groups/families take a photo of each of their 10 answers and post to Instagram with #haddamhistory. You will also email your answer sheet to the Haddam Historical Society which puts your team in the drawing for the grand prize.

The Scavenger Hunt clues will be distributed (via email) Wednesday, November 25, 2020 and teams will have five days to complete the hunt at their own pace. Registration is required for a nominal fee of $ 10 per group, and you can register online at or email us at

Please practice social distancing and all Covid-19 protocols during the hunt. We ask that you respect private property.

Sample Clue:

Most, if not all, early Haddam residences had a barn and certainly all farms in town had one or more. The barns were used for housing animals, grains and equipment and were an important part of day-to-day life. Many historic barns remain in Haddam, Higganum and Haddam Neck, some simple structures and others more ornate with architectural embellishments. Find an example of an historic barn in town.

Below are three photos of barns located in different parts of town which would could be answers to the above question.

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