New Haven History

Three hundred and seventy-five years of history come to life at the New Haven Museum. From the colony’s founding as a puritan village through its growth into a major industrial center and now a thriving metropolitan area, New Haven’s history is brought to life for our visitors, inspiring a rich appreciation of the City’s past, present, and future.

  • In 1638, English Puritans established the New Haven Colony, which soon included what are now the towns of New Haven, Branford, Guilford, Milford, and Stamford, as well as Southold on Long Island. The settlers planned their town around a grid of nine squares centered on the Meeting House on the Green, a distinctive geographic feature of the city today.
  • During the 19th century, New Haven evolved from a quiet farming and seafaring town into an important industrial center. Eli Whitney, Charles Goodyear and Oliver Winchester are counted among New Haven’s prominent inventors and industrialists.
  • In 1862, a group of New Haven’s civic leaders organized the New Haven Colony Historical Society (today known as the New Haven Museum) to preserve the documents and artifacts of their community in a time of war and rapid change. The founders immediately began collecting furniture, paintings, photographs, manuscripts, books and ephemera, looking back over 200 years to the establishment of the Colony.
  • In order to house its extensive and growing museum and library collections, the Society constructed its present building in 1930. Designed by J. Frederick Kelly, the colonial revival building is located in a National Register Historic District, three blocks from the Green.

The history of the City of New Haven is alive and well. We welcome you to learn more about it at the New Haven Museum.

 

Upcoming Events

Events on June 22, 2018
Gallery Tour: Gilbert Jerome: New Haven's WWI Aviator
Starts: 3:00 pm
Ends: June 22, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Location: New Haven Museum
Events on June 24, 2018
Yoga on the Lawn
Starts: 4:30 pm
Ends: June 24, 2018 - 5:30 pm
Location: 325 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512, USA
Events on June 25, 2018
New Haven Museum CLOSED
Starts: 10:00 am
Ends: June 25, 2018 - 5:00 pm
Events on June 27, 2018
Twilight Concert - Washboard Slim and the Bluelights
Starts: 6:00 pm
Ends: June 27, 2018 - 8:00 pm
Location: 325 Lighthouse Rd, New Haven, CT 06512, USA

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