Jun 052015

The AcademyJune is here and its time to think about the brides in your life and that most important gift for the occasion.

Not forgetting the bridesmaids and junior bridesmaid, the Orange Historical Society Academy Museum Antique Shop has a wonderful selection of gifts for this unforgettable day.

The shop has a selection  for all occasions and is open every Saturday from 10-3.

Stop by and shop in a most unusual place, a museum.

The shop is located at 605 Orange Center Road. For information, call 203 795-3106.

May 292015

The AcademyThe Orange Historical Society is starting its Tag Sale season at the Academy Museum, 605 Orange Center Road, on May 30, weather permitting.

The museum is always open from 10-3 for tours and shopping for antiques and collectibles every Saturday and they welcome visitors and shoppers to browse among the history of Orange collections as well.

For information call 203-795-3106.

May 212015

academy stuffIt’s not too late to mention your Mom’s name at the Orange Historical Society Antique Shop to receive a 10% discount on any item displayed for sale at the 1878 Academy Museum, 605 Orange Center Road.

In addition to the displays of Orange history, which are not for sale, one can find many collectibles and antiques, paper, books, china, toys, pewter, glassware, dolls, primitive kitchen collectibles etc. all waiting for just the right person who needs to find a gift for someone special.

Mother’s Day is behind us but why not surprise her with a gift of history from the shop. [Don’t forget to mention her name for the discount.]

Open Saturdays from 10-3.  For more information call 203-795-3106.

Mar 212015

6014013_origThe Orange Historical Society (OHS) recently joined the Connecticut Post Card Club and met some very nice members.

The OHS collection of postcards was of interest to those who attended and society members are hoping that our regular antique shop customers will stop by on Saturdays from 10-3 to check out the collection of Connecticut cards as well as selections from many of the states along the east coast.

The OHS will be highlighting old photographs as well for those collectors of local history.

Stop by at the Academy Museum, 605 Orange Center Road for a “look see” of antiques, collectibles, dolls, books, linens, vintage jewelry, lighting and other items of interest.

For information call 203 795-3106.

Nov 212014


Come on in and see what the Academy Museum gift shop has to offer.

Come on in and see what the Academy Museum gift shop has to offer.

It’s that time again.  Holiday shopping for those hard  to “buy for” friends and family. 

The Orange Historical Society Antique Shop is your place to choose the unusual and unique items for just the right person.

Open Saturdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., the Academy, 605 Orange Center Road is easily accessible and parking is next door.

Stop in, browse and take a tour of the museum.  You might just put a dent in that holiday gift list.

For information call 203-795-6103.

Originally Published on: Nov 16, 2014 @ 10:57

Dec 052013

Frances Vadney at the Academy Museum

Frances Vadney at the Academy Museum

The Orange Historical Society is ready to present its holiday collection of antiques and collectibles for the Christmas season at the Academy Antique Museum, 615 Orange Center Road.

The shop is open each Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Come visit the museum and shop for those hard-to-buy-for friends and family.  You are sure to find something for everyone.

For information and directions to the shop call 203 795-3106.

Nov 182013

Some of the vintage AVON decanters at the Academy Museum.

Some of the vintage AVON decanters at the Academy Museum.

Do you need a special hostess gift for the holidays?  The Orange Historical Society Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road, has many unusual, one-of-a-kind antiques and collectibles for the gift giving season.

Whether shopping for the family or friends, you’ll find something you will be proud to give.

Visit the shop every Saturday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and mark your calendar for Sunday, Dec. 8, from 3 – 6 p.m. for the tree lighting, Santa and tours of the buildings on The Green.

For information call 203 795-3106

Jul 152013

Frances Vadney greets customers at the Academy Museum Gift Shop.

Frances Vadney greets customers at the Academy Museum Gift Shop.

Join the Orange Historical Society for a tag and antique sale on Saturday, July 20th.

The Academy Museum Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road, is open every Saturday from 10-3 with special tag sale items outdoors, weather permitting.

Come visit the museum and shop for those special summertime gifts.

For information call 203 795-3106

Jun 032013

Some of Emily Prudden's watercolors now on display at the Academy Building in Orange.

Some of Emily Prudden’s watercolors now on display at the Academy Building in Orange.

Orange Historical Society President Ginny Reinhard is passionate about Orange history and always looking for ways to share different aspects about the town’s past with residents, and especially children.

So when she opened a box of items donated by Orange resident Susan Chernock from her mother’s estate, Reinhard was thrilled to find a signed print of forget-me-nots by one of the town’s most colorful residents — Emily Prudden.

Reinhard scanned the print and sent it to Pfeiffer University, a school that Prudden had founded. Reinhard said the university confirmed that the print was part of Prudden’s sketchbook.

Emily Prudden

Emily Prudden, 1832-1917, did not have an easy life. As a teenager, she lost her hearing before her 18th birthday, and after her sister’s untimely death,  Emily raised her children in town.

When she was 50, Prudden moved down south to North Carolina, living on the trust fund her father, a minister, had set up for her.

Prudden opened several schools, many of them exclusively for black girls. Reinhard said, “She would run the schools for a few years and then deeded them to the American Missionary Association.”

Prudden enjoyed watercolor painting, and her lifelike flowers including roses, iris, dianthus, tulips, pansies and more now adorn the walls of the Academy Museum across from the town green.

Once she was aware of the local connection between the watercolors and the town, Chernock donated 19 additional Emily Prudden prints to the Orange Historical Society.

On Sunday, June 2, Reinhard proudly shared the artist’s story and showed off the framed collection with visitors. 96 years after her death, Emily Prudden’s work is in the public eye where it can be appreciated. Reprints of her botanical prints are available for sale at the Academy Building.

The Academy is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking and admission are free.

Mar 162013

IMG_8843It may be cold outside but the Academy Museum Antique Shop is just the place to warm up and shop for unique antiques and collectibles today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Academy, built in 1878, serves as a museum as well and the staff welcomes visitors to tour the exhibits and shop in the comfort of an old meeting house.

Stop by for a cup of hot mulled cider.

The museum is located at 605 Orange Center Road and for information call 203 795-3106