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: “Historic Farmsteads and Homes of Avon” (May - June 2018); and “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.
Edgar Maurice Woodford – Surveyor, Civil War Veteran, Abolitionist
March 5 - April 30, 2018
Avon Free Public Library, 281 West Avon Road
This exhibit shows a copy of Mr. Woodford’s estate will inventory listing his surveying tools, books and maps related to his professional job. There is also an authentic CDV of Mr. Woodford when he served in the U.S. Civil War enlisting with the 7th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry. This artifact is on loan to the Society by John Banks, noted local Civil War author and blogger. The exhibit can be seen at the Local History Corner on the first floor of the Avon Free Public Library, during regular business hours.