Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Hebron Historical Society

Enjoy Hebron - It's Here To Stay

Anne Ives, Charter Member & Amazing Worker, Passes Away


Less than a day after Anne Ives passed away, this double rainbow appeared over Old Town Hall!

Click here for more about Anne Ives.

Old Hebron Cemetery Restoration

Led by Mary-Ellen Gonci, a group of loyal volunteers has been working to restore the Old Hebron Cemetery on Wall Street. Including a few photos, here is her report of the project:

Hebron Historical Society’s efforts to restore gravestones in the old cemetery on Wall Street recently received help from town employees Jay Costa and Gordie Rathbun.
The two successfully reset the large stone for Obadiah Hosford. It had been flat on its face for many years. Hosford was a prominent citizen involved in Hebron’s early development. He was Captain of Hebron’s first military company and responsible for establishing this cemetery as Hebron’s burying ground. He died in 1741.
Hosford’s stone is the largest single stone in the cemetery. It was carved by Benjamin Collins, from Columbia, Connecticut. Collins’ stones were ornately carved and his faces more realistic. The inscription on Hosford’s stone is extensive and relates Hosford’s service to the town and his good standing as a citizen. The inscription was not deeply carved. It may be fortunate that the stone lay in the dirt for many years because the inscription is still legible.
Research into others buried here indicates many were farmers who had lived in many towns prior to settling in Hebron. Noadiah Dingwell was a stone cutter by trade. Royal T. Kollock and his wife were mutes. Royal, who was partially blind, taught at the American Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb in Hartford. Dwight Bliss was a farmer and carpenter, well respected by the community. George Gillet practiced land surveying 54 years. Solomon Huntington was “a kind husband, a tender father” as noted on his stone.
The death of a child is never easy, but we can identify with Noble Lord and his wife Betsy when 4 of their children died before their 4th birthdays. We can also identify with Roger Fuller who outlived 3 wives.
The cemetery is the final resting place for our war heroes. Corporal George Gillette, Alonzo Taylor, Captain Berry Phelps, and Lucius H. Jagger fought during the Civil War. Jagger was a member of the 1st Connecticut Light Battery and died in Beaufort, S.C.
Joshua Phelps Jr. was a member of the 12th Connecticut Infantry during the Revolutionary War.
Work in the cemetery is not complete and will continue throughout the summer. If you would like to volunteer your time or make a donation for repair of broken stones, please contact Mary-Ellen Gonci @ 860-228-3388 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..”



The Hebron Historical Society has begun planning for its participation in Hebron Maple Fest 2015. This marks the 26th year of The Historical Society’s Quilt Show, a display that is always eagerly anticipated and well-attended.

If you are a quilter or quilt collector, and have an old or new quilt you’d like to have displayed, we’d enjoy hearing from you. With questions about the Quilt Show or an interest in sharing your quilts, please contact Mary-Ellen Gonci at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 860-228-3388.

Mark your calendar. This year’s Maple Fest dates are March 14th and 15th and the festival will run between the hours of 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The festivities at Old Town Hall during Maple Fest are The Historical Society's main fundraising efforts each year.

halloweenWhere in Connecticut did Witchcraft Trials take place? Were any trials held in Hebron? To speak about CT witchcraft, the Hebron Historical Society is bringing Dick Tomlinson to Old Town Hall on October 16th. The doors will open at 7:00 for a "meet and greet", with the presentation beginning at 7:30.

Dick Tomlinson is well qualified to speak about "Understanding Our Connecticut Ancestors Through Witchcraft Trials". As a historian and author, Tomlinson has researched many subjects. His most recent book is appropriately entitled Witchcraft Prosecution: Chasing the Devil in Connecticut.

Mr. Tomlinson's forebears have lived in Connecticut since 1633. He is an active member of the CT Historical Society, the CT Society of Genealogists, the Association for the Study of Connecticut History, and the Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor.

Do join us on October 16th, 7:00 at Old Town Hall and learn about this fascinating subject. Programs are always free for Historical Society members. Donations, which help support our programs and properties, are greatly appreciated.

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Amston Lake’s Fascinating Past is Topic of Historical Society Program

The President of the Amston Lake Historical Society, Larry Zimmerman, will be featured at The Hebron Historical Society's Thursday, Sept. 18th meeting. The meeting will be held at Old Town Hall on the Hebron Green, beginning at 7:00, with Zimmerman's presentation to start at 7:30.

2014 HistoricHebronDay-Group-s

Peter Billard photo

A good crowd of people from Hebron and beyond were treated to beautiful weather, as well as the opportunity to learn about Hebron's Heritage, on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Many folks took the self-directed tour and visited all five locations.