Tuesday, May 30, 2017
  • Historic Hebron Day

  • Prophet's Rock

  • Blacksmith Shop Porter Road

  • Rathbun Tool Collection

  • The Hebron Women's Club Quilt

  • Amston Lake

  • The Peters House

  • Lost Mill Sites

  • Burrows Hill Schoolhouse

  • Cleaning Grave Stones

  • Airline Ticket 1877

  • Gull Schoolhouse

Welcome!

old town hall                      Old Town Hall

Welcome to the web site of the Hebron Historical Society.

We are a non-profit organization incorporated in May 1965 "to develop interest in, preserve, and promote Hebron history by every feasible means to as wide an audience as possible.”

Whether you are a first-time visitor or a regular user of the site, we hope you will enjoy learning more about Hebron’s long and colorful history, our restoration projects, and about the events and programs we will be sponsoring in the months ahead. For more information and photos about the recent activities of the Hebron Historical Society, find and like us at https://www.facebook.com/HebronHistoricalSociety/

If you have items recollecting Hebron’s past, for which you hold an appreciation but no longer have the storage space, the Hebron Historical Society might well be interested in receiving them.  We appreciate pictures of  past events, school year memorabilia, historic clothing, old tools, whatever came from Hebron in years gone by.  Just contact us on the menu tab above and we’ll talk!

By clicking on “Hebron History”, you’ll find dozens of stories about key events and distinguished citizens from Hebron’s past, as well as articles about Society-sponsored programs and projects from recent years.

Thank you for your interest in Hebron history.  We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming meetings or programs.  If you are interested in becoming a member, click on the “Memberships” tab above to get a printable application.

 

By Robert D. Muirhead

Journal Inquirer

Published: Saturday, February 7, 2009 2:14 AM EST

HEBRON — Residents and descendants of Lois and Cesar Peters — who were saved by local officials in 1787 from being sold back into slavery — told town officials Thursday that they want to see the couple’s house preserved as a historic site.

Members of the public were invited to voice their opinions on the future of the Peters House at a special public hearing Thursday.

Over 40 people — including direct descendants of Cesar and Lois Peters — arrived to plead with the town to place the home on the historic register and preserve it for the town and future generations.

“I think it would be just a shame not to put it on the historic register,” resident Ken Randall said.

Randall told the board that the town was blessed to have such a significant piece of history.

“Why not take advantage of what you’ve got?” he asked.

“We have a national treasure in our community,” Finance Board member Daniel Larson said.

Larson, along with many of the other speakers, urged the Board of Selectmen to nurture that treasure by placing the house on the historic register. He also wished to continue to honor the history of the town and the Peters family.

“We now have names and faces we could put to the treasure,” Larson said of Alethia Daughtrey and her family, who are direct descendants of the legendary Cesar and Peters.

Daughtrey is an author who is writing a book about the family’s history that began as part of a writing project.

“Learning about your history is very different from sitting in class,” Daughtrey said.

Her family’s first visit to Hebron — in a mass caravan of close to a dozen cars — was a moving look at her ancestors.

“I knew that it was part of our family,” Daughtrey said of the house. “Now there’s something that connects us to history.”

According to legend, in the fall of 1787, freed slaves Cesar and Lois were abducted by slave traders and taken to the ports at Norwich.

Before the slave traders could abscond with the couple, however, the town went to their rescue; the sheriff trumped up false charges on the two and “arrested” them, bringing them back to live out their days free in Hebron.

The town acquired the Peters House as part of a $1.25 million, 122-acre land purchase in September 2004. The Board of Selectmen is currently deciding what to do with the property.