The Avon Historical Society
Founded in 1974, the Avon Historical Society is a volunteer, nonprofit organization devoted to preserving Avon's culture, traditions and heritage. We offer education, programs, exhibits and living history experiences for the community to enjoy now, while also curating a legacy for future generations to appreciate.
Currently the Society's projects include:
• Maintaining and showing the 1865 Pine Grove Schoolhouse on Sundays in the Summer
• Derrin House restoration following a 2016 fire
• Adaptive reuse of the c.1880 Horse Guards Barn
• Schoolhouse No. 3 artifacts archival storage and plan to reopen in 2023
• Ongoing exhibits and displays in Avon’s schools and the Avon Free Public Library
• Continued partnering with local organizations
Map of Avon in 1830, by Dorothy Anderson, based on research by Gladys Thompson August, Marian M. Hunter, Mary-Frances L. MacKie, and Betty Morton. For Mrs. MacKie’s “Avon, Connecticut…and Historical story” (1988). The Avon Historical Society Collection (click image to enlarge).
Property caretaking responsibilities include opening the Pine Grove Schoolhouse during summer (June-September annually), proper archival storage of many artifacts in the Schoolhouse No. 3 on Main Steet (formerly The Living Museum), preservation of the Horse Guards Barn, and post-fire restoration of the Derrin House on West Avon Road.
In 1972, the National Register of Historic Places designated a section of West Avon as the Pine Grove Historic District: this area includes the Pine Grove Schoolhouse and five homes built prior to 1865. A comprehensive historic building survey of the Town of Avon by the State Historic Preservation Commission in 1997 was updated in 2017. Many sites have been identified as potential historic districts. The complete survey can be viewed at the Avon Town Hall and the Avon Library.
Membership in The Avon Historical Society is open to the public. To join or volunteer with us, please feel free to call Avon Historical Society directly at the number below. We welcome you to explore our new website to find information about Avon’s history or contact us if you have further questions.