Since the renovation and expansion of the Avon Free Public Library, the Avon Historical Society manages requests to use the glass display cases and adjacent areas outside the Marion M. Hunter History Room. This secure area is very popular with local community groups. Reservations for this space are made by contacting the Avon Historical Society and providing a brief synopsis of what the display will feature. Bookings are typically made 12 – 18 months in advance to secure a two month slot.
At the time of this writing, future scheduled displays include: “Early Water-powered Mills of Avon” (July - August 2018).
Recent displays have included artifacts from WWII and the Vietnam War respectively; “A Square in the Quilt of Avon’s History”; the devastation at the Derrin House following the fire on May 11 2016; "Mechanized Warfare in WWI"; "A History of the Girl Guides in Avon; and rarely seen items from the archives of the First Company Governor’s Horse Guards (the oldest continually serving cavalry unit in the USA). The Society’s new banners featuring “Moments in Avon’s History” were also on view in the cabinets, following their launch in July 2017.
The exhibition which kicked off the 2018 season, "The Story of the H.L. Hunley Submarine: It’s Connection to Connecticut History" traced the history and reclamation of the Confederate submarine, Hunley, which sank in 1864, and later rediscovered and raised in 2000.
Early Avon Mills and the Waterways that Powered Them
July 2 – August 30, 2018
History Corner at the Avon Free Public Library, 281 West Avon Road
In the early days of homestead settlements every community required the establishment of a gristmill to grind grain for household use and feed for livestock. Sawmills were built to saw timber into planks for framing homes and barns. These mills were necessary for a community’s survival...