Mar 292014
Market Basket

Market Basket

Sign up with the Orange Historical Society to hand make a basket reminiscent of colonial days to be held at the historic 1740 Nathan Bryan-William Andrew House, 131 Old Tavern Road.

Noted  basket makers, Ray and Caryl DeFrancesco of H.H. Perkins, of North Haven, will tell about the history of basketry and each visitor will be given supplies to make a splint marketing basket.

Save the date of March 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for this unique opportunity for a tour of the oldest house in Orange and a chance to relive an age-old craft.

Cost per person is $35.00.  Make checks payable to OHS and send to PO Box 784, Orange, CT 06477.  Space is limited to 18 guests.

For information call 203-795-3106

Originally Published on: Feb 17, 2014 @ 19:38

Mar 192014
A photo of the OLD Applebee's wall decorations

A photo of the OLD Applebee’s wall decorations

It’s almost spring and the holidays, events and weddings we attend are just around the corner.  Why not stop by the Academy Antique Shop, 605 Orange Center Road for that special gift?

At the Orange Historical Society visitors will find a wide variety of antiques and collectibles, books and a recently received collection of Applebee’s Restaurant’s framed pictures of local town events, groups and town scenes.

Once on the walls of this popular restaurant, these artifacts are now for sale.

Open Saturdays from 10-3, so come for a visit and see if you are featured in any of the photos.

For information call 203 795-3106

Mar 112014

The AcademyThe Orange Historical Society antique shop is ready for spring.  With a wide variety of antiques and collectibles, the visitor can find any number of gifts for the upcoming season.

Shopping during the holidays at the mall can be overwhelming.  At the antique shop at 605 Orange Center Road there
are historical displays as well as items for purchase.

For the upcoming weddings one can find gifts for the bridal party including collectible dolls dressed like the bride for the junior bridesmaids.

Plan to stop by, the shop is open from 10-3 each Saturday.

For information call 203 795-31206

Jan 182014

The AcademyIt’s not too late to shop for the holidays at the Orange Historical Society Museum Antique Shop.  

Valentine’s Day, winter weddings, winter birthdays and “just because,” shoppers will find that special gift they’ve been looking for.

Whether you shop for a gift for someone special or find a “gift” for yourself, the antique shop offers unique items from the past.  

Just arrived, a collection of violin music and singing books from the 60′s.  Come browse in this unusual shop.  

The Shop is in the historic Academy Building, at 605 Orange Center Road. It’s open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information call 203 795-3106

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

Oct 302013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the last hurrah for the Tag Sale Season at the Orange Historical Society Academy Museum Antique Shop.

One more chance to browse in the society’s “attic” for those tag sale treasures that you’ve been looking for all summer.

Saturday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at 605 Orange Center Road, weather permitting will be a good-bye to fall and hello to the gift giving season.

For information call 203-795-3106.

Aug 222013
The Bryan-Andrew House has been around since colonial times.

The Bryan-Andrew House has been around since colonial times.

Join members of the Orange Historical Society for an Open House at the Bryan-Andrew House, 131 Old Tavern Road, Orange on Sunday, September 29, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

For your convenience, parking will be available across the road at the Old Tavern Complex with a shuttle bus running to and from the ball fields to the Bryan-Andrew House.

Come see what your donations have allowed the Historical Society  to do to open this house museum for your enjoyment and education of colonial times in Orange.

Light refreshments will be served.

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.

Apr 152013

IMG_8844Spring is finally here and the Orange Historical Society Antique Shop is ready for the tag sale season with selected antiques, collectibles and gifts on sale.

Come check out the items with a little orange sticker and receive a 10% discount.

Do you have a spring bride in your future?  Ask to see the gifts for the bride, her bride’s maids and even the junior brides maids.


Bring this notice to the Academy at 605 Orange Center Road and receive an extra 5% on any sale item $10.00 or over.

The shop is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information call 203 795-3106

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