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Oxford Historical Society

Post Office Box 582,   Oxford, Connecticut, 06478


Twitchell-Rowland Homestead
60 Towner Lane, Oxford 

Oxford Historical Society's 

History Education 

Center & Museum

Oxford's First Responders Exhibit Opens

The Twitchell-Rowland Homestead Museum opens its new exhibit “Oxford’s First Responders” on Sunday, September 18, from 2-4 p.m.  The histories of the town’s three fire companies, the Oxford Ambulance Corps and the Oxford Junior Fire Corps are presented through vintage photographs and news clippings. Past and present members of these organizations are especially welcome at this event, as well as the general public.

The museum is located at 60 Towner Lane, of Route 67 in Oxford.  Admission is free.

Also featured at the Homestead is a collection of antique fire marks loaned by Peter Faber of Winsted.  Fire marks are colorful metal plaques embossed with the emblems of insurance companies issued during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  The plaques were fastened to the front of insured buildings to guide the insurance company’s fire brigade to the burning building.  In the United States, where volunteer fire companies were common, insurance companies often supported these organizations and offered a stipend to the first brigade to reach the blaze.

Peach shortcake with all the trimmings, including Rich Farm peaches and cream ice cream will be served.  Weather permitting, guests are invited to enjoy their refreshments on the museum grounds.

For further information, call Nancy Farnum at 203 888-0230.

Featuring Photos and History of
Oxford's First Responders:

Oxford Center Fire Company
Quaker Farms Fire Company
Riverside Fire Company
Oxford Junior Fire Corps
Oxford Ambulance Association.

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Adeline Gray, Oxford's famous parachutist makes history. See her story here

Harriet's Quilt
An Oxford signature quilt from before the Civil War.
See information on the quilt and on the people who made and signed it:

More Photos from the 2016 Fiber Fest, CLICK HERE
3Saxony wheel

Harger photo
Alfred Harger Photo Collection,
1930's and 40's now online

Museum Hours:
First and Third Sundays of each month
2 - 4 p.m.

Photos of Lake Zoar, Zoar Bridge, Zoar Village and Stevenson Station added from 2012 Peach Festival
The Society continues to make appointments to meet with individuals at the Library to scan their photos of old time Oxford.  while they wait.  If you have photos to share, please call Dottie DeBisschop 203-910-4574 to schedule an appointment.

Oxford Center School Photos

The Oxford Historical Society has received  many class photographs from Oxford Center School.  The photographs are being scanned and filed for preservation in our archives.

Residents are asked to help identify the students and teachers in the photographs.  You may see our growing collection here:

Oxford Centralized School:

1969-70 -MISSING!

More coming!

See how many
you can identify!
Please email your answers to: Photos@oxford-historical-society.org

Download a free Kindle copy of the book "Chauncey Judd,
or a Boy Stolen,"
by Israel P. Warren.
Story of burglary and kidnapping during the American Revolution, with parts of the story taking place in Oxford.

To download, RIGHT CLICK HERE and choose SAVE AS. 
The exhibit can be seen during museum open hours from 2-4 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of each month or by appointment.  For further information call 203 888-0230.