Oxford Historical Society
We are responsible for preserving all that has come to us from those who have come before us. We are equally responsible to those who will come after us.
Twitchell-Rowland Homestead
60 Towner Lane, Oxford, CT 096478
circa 1750
WELCOME TO OUR COMPANY
All donations will go for the long-term preservation of the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead and future non-recurring expenses. Funds will be managed by the Connecticut Community Foundation.
Donate Onlne!
 
The Oxford Historical Society is participating in Give Local as part of our fund-raising and membership drive. We encourage local residents to plan to support our programs, in whatever way is best suited for you.

Of course, we welcome your tax-deductible donations, either online at the link on the left, or by check sent to Oxford Historical Society, Inc. P.O. Box 582, Oxford, CT 06478

We also value those who take out an annual membership. Membership for 2018 is now being accepted.  (A membership form is found at http://www.oxford-historical-society.org/Membership-form.pdf
We also use sales of local history books and maps to support our programs. We have just published a new book, Early Buildings of Oxford Past and Present, which will be available mid-December for $25.  To receive notice of when and where the book will be available for purchase, send an email to booksales@oxford-historical-society.org

The Oxford Historical Society is thankful for all that we have experienced in 2017 and look forward to being an important and vibrant part of our community in the coming year. We invite you to join us with whatever level of support is best suited for you.

Sincerely,
Oxford Historical Society
Third Annual Fiber Festival

Mark your calendar for April 14 and 15 when the Society will hold their third annual Fiber Festival.  Admission to the event held at the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead is free and open to the public from ten to four on Saturday and noon to four on Sunday.

Look for live sheep, goats, alpacas and rabbits. The event will include a demonstration of sheep shearing by Ron East on Saturday and goat shearing on Sunday.

Featuring new work on the Jensen Farm Barn loom which dates back to the 1700’s, the event marks another milestone in the Society’s efforts to preserve Oxford’s historic rural character and to promote interest in our organization through hands-on participation in traditional crafts.
We are seeking community participants as craftsmen and demonstrators. We need folks to share and show all phases of wool and fleece preparation, plus other fiber arts. We would like to offer demonstrations and instruction on the use of drop spindles. We also need volunteer spinners, weavers, felters, tape loom weavers, etc. to show their crafts at the event. There will be no charge to exhibitors who participate, and demonstrators may offer their hand-made fiber crafts for sale, including woven, knitted, crocheted and felted items, etc.

Demonstrators may bring their own pop up tent in which to demonstrate their craft and sell their hand-made creations. There will be limited indoor space for demonstrations. In order to be sure that there is enough space available, registration for crafters will be accepted in the order received. If you are interested, or have a suggestion of someone to invite, please contact dottie@oxford-historical-society.org for a registration form. (Phone 203-910-4574)

The festival will be held at the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead, 60 Towner Lane, Oxford, on April 14 and 15. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

                                              GIVE LOCAL: April 24 and 25

The Oxford Historical Society will again participate in the Give Local Greater Waterbury and Litchfield Hills online giving program from 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25.

The event, sponsored by the Connecticut Community Foundation, seeks to inspire people to support local non-profits during a 36-hour online giving period.

Oxford residents are asked to consider donating through the 36-hour campaign via https://givelocalccf.org/npo/oxford-historical-society-inc.

Using proceeds for preservation work at the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead, the Historical Society has upgraded windows, repaired siding, installed a kitchenette and invested in other elements of the 1740 house. Additionally OHS has used funds for presenting programs both in the public schools, at the society museum, and at community facilities. Speakers on historic figures, the Stevenson Dam, the 2017 Adeline Gray Parachute Event are only a few of the creative presentations shared with the community.

Those seeking additional information may visit www.givelocalcf.org.
HISTORIC BUILDING TOUR IN MAY:
Take a look inside historic Oxford when the Oxford Historical Society holds a Historic Building Tour on May 5 with a rain date of 19. The Society is currently working on booking homes for the tour.
Among those already confirmed for the tour are the following:
Oxford Congregational Church, Oxford's first church, built in 1798.
St. Peter's Episcopal Church, featuring stained glass windows added in 1888 to the church which was built in 1835.
Washband Tavern, Oxford's only site on the Freedom Trail in honor of its role in the Underground Railroad, built in 1714.
Oxfordshire, stately home of S. B. Church, built in 1736 and expanded in 1925.
Christ Church, Quaker Farms, built in the style of famed architect Christopher Wren, built in 1812.

Tickets for admission to all the buildings in the tour will be $15 purchased in advance. ($20 on the day of the tour; OHS members $10).

EXHIBIT AT HOMESTEAD:
As part of the Third Annual Fiber Festival, the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead Museum is hosting the display “The Fibers and Fabrics of Oxford.” While we may not think much about the clothing we wear or the furnishings in our homes, early residents of our town literally knew every thread of their shirts or curtains, having raised the plants and animals that provided them, prepared the raw materials for making into cloth and then weaving the flax or wool into the final product.  Drawing on our collection, we invite visitors to enjoy a hand woven linen and wool bedspread, a very early small quilt, crazy quilt pieces beautifully embroidered by members of the Lounsbury family, a linen bridal gown from 1900 and a handmade linen sheet belonging to Silas Hawkins (1756 - 1844).   Also on display will be clothing and house furnishings owned and used by Elizabeth Bronson Rowland who lived in the Homestead for many years.  The display will continue from April 14 to July 22.