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Stone-Otis Garden Tour and Open House Rain or Shine on Thursday

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Aug 292018
 

A photo from August 2017

The Garden Club of Orange and the Orange Historical Society will host a tour of the Stone Otis House Herb Garden and the Victorian Era home on Thursday, August 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. (Rain or Shine)

Since the last tour, the gardens have filled out and become even more colorful and beautiful.

 Maryellen Holden has been working tirelessly maintaining the flower gardens, and her expertise really shows.
The herb garden behind the Victorian Era home includes 26 different varieties of fragrant and useful plants. Garden Club members will be available to answer all of your questions.
See the current Orange Life Magazine (you know you have it in your home somewhere) for bit of background and a glimpse of just how beautiful it can be.

Admission is free.

Why Did You Miss This Event?

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Jul 142018
 

On Saturday, July 14, the Orange Historical Society hosted the Lebanon Towne Militia, at the Bryan-Andrew House, 131 Old Tavern Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Revolutionary War Reenactment Group set up an 18th-century military camp with crafts and occupations of the period and recreated the life of the colonial militiaman and his family for visitors.

The encampment featured spinning, cooking, and other colonial crafts.

Originally formed in the 18th century to defend the town of Lebanon, Connecticut, in 1775 at the beginning of the American Revolution, the Lebanon Militia Company saw service at Breed’s Hill and the Battle of Boston.

A colonial militia operated like an army but its members were not professional soldiers and did not wear uniforms. Colonial militia laws required every able-bodied male citizen to participate and to provide his own arms. These men composed the bulk of the
armies that eventually won independence.

The Lebanon Towne Militia was disbanded in 1776, with some members becoming part of the 6th Company of the Continental Line, and others supporting the war from their farms.

The members of the group provided visitors with interesting and detailed answers to all of their questions and everyone walked away with a better understanding of the time period and bits of information, some of which took them by surprise.

The Historical Society provided bus transportation from High Plains Community Center to the Bryan-Andrew House, but sadly, only about 50 people came out to the site.

Perhaps if the Militia is available again in the fall more people will come out. It was a wonderful experience, very interesting and educational, not boring or stuffy whatsoever. This group is great!

Lebanon Towne Militia In Orange Today

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Jul 142018
 

Members of the Lebanon Towne Militia, a Revolutionary War Reenactment Group, has set up camp at the Orange Historical Society’s Bryan-Andrew House, 131 Old Tavern Road today, Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Today, the Militia embraces 18th-century military camp life, crafts and occupations of the period, and recreates the life of the colonial militiaman and his family.

The encampment will feature spinning, cooking, and other colonial crafts.

“We’re excited about this event,” said Ginny Reinhard, president of the Orange Historical Society. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the earliest days of our country in a fun and entertaining way.”

Originally formed in the 18th century to defend the town of Lebanon, Connecticut, in 1775 at the beginning of the American Revolution, the Lebanon Militia Company saw service at Breed’s Hill and the Battle of Boston.

A colonial militia operated like an army but its members were not professional soldiers and did not wear uniforms. Colonial militia laws required every able-bodied male citizen to participate and to provide his own arms. These men composed the bulk of the
armies that eventually won independence.

The Lebanon Towne Militia was disbanded in 1776, with some members becoming part of the 6th Company of the Continental Line, and others supporting the war from their farms.

Parking for this event, which is free, is available at the High Plains Community Center on the grassy field to the right of building with a free shuttle bus running to and from the Bryan-Andrew House.

Historical Society Hosts First Summer Tag Sale on June 9

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May 302018
 

The Academy Museum

The Orange Historical Society will host its first summer tag sale on the front walkway and yard at the Academy Museum, 605 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, June 9.

The antique shop also will be open in the Academy with the tag sale outside.
Many new tag sale items and quality antiques have been collected during the winter months.
Come & shop between 8 to 10 a.m.
For more information, call 203 795-3106.

Visit The Historical Society At The Orange Country Fair

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Sep 102017
 

The Orange Historical Academy Museum and Antique Shop will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 16 since they will be “on the road” at the Orange Country Fair.

Come visit them at their tent, opposite the food tent on the upper fairgrounds.

The Historical Society will reopen the Museum at 605 Orange Center Road on Saturday, Sept. 23.

For information call 203 795-3106.

Giant Doll Sale Saturday, Aug. 12 At The Academy

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Aug 122017
 

The Orange Historical Society will host its first Giant Doll Sale at the Academy, 605 Orange Center Road, on Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain Date: Saturday, August 19).
This is a special sale with lots of dolls. This is your chance to make a little girl happy with a doll just like the one you had, or treat yourself with a doll from your past.
The society has many vintage and collectible dolls, doll furniture and doll clothes for sale.
The collection includes many girl dolls and a couple of boys, too.
All dolls have been cleaned and are in good condition. Who knows, you may even be able to find that doll of your dreams that you didn’t get for your sixth birthday.
Come to the Academy and check them out.

A Taste Of The Past: Harriet Tubman

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Jan 252017
 

The Orange Historical Society will present its annual Taste of the Past event at the Orange Congregational Church starring “Harriet Tubman” on Saturday, April 8 from 1-3:30 p.m.

Join the OHS for homemade hearty soups, breads and desserts followed by the performance by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti as Harriet Tubman, an American hero who was born enslaved, liberated herself, and returned to the area of her birth many times to lead other slaves to freedom. 

Get your reservations in early as seating is limited.

For information call 203 795-3106.

Visit The Historical Society’s Gift Shop & Museum on Saturday

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Jan 122017
 

Taste of The Past: Harriet Tubman

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Jan 092017
 

The Orange Historical Society will present its annual Taste of the Past event at the Orange Congregational Church starring “Harriet Tubman” on Saturday, April 8 from 1-3:30 p.m.

Join the OHS for homemade hearty soups, breads and desserts followed by the performance by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti as Harriet Tubman, an American hero who was born enslaved, liberated herself, and returned to the area of her birth many times to lead other slaves to freedom. 

Get your reservations in early as seating is limited.

For information call 203 795-3106.

Bryan-Andrew House Still Coming Along

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Oct 242016
 

dsc09769On Sunday, the Orange Historical Society hosted an open house at the historic Bryan-Andrew House on Old Tavern Road.

The Town of Orange purchased the circa 1740 Bryan-Andrew House in 2000.

Soon afterward, a microburst hit Old Tavern Road and came close, but missed the historic home.

With grants from the State of Connecticut, the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, donations, and fundraisers, the Orange Historical Society has been restoring the home for more than a decade.

It is now open by appointment as a house museum for local school tours to experience a day in the life of early Orange using Bryan’s Farms as its historical location.

One element that’s slowing the process is the Orange sanitarian’s requirements that the home have a fully functional, yet not true to the 1700s period, stainless steel kitchen in which to prepare and cook food for guests. This requires a wagonload of cash that the society does not currently have at its disposal.