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.

Mar 082015

The AcademyFollowing is a press release from the Orange Historical Society.

We’re almost there…spring and what better way to celebrate than to buy something special for someone special?  You!

After this long winter a tour of the Orange Historical Society Academy antique shop will be just the place to visit.  Come learn about the history of Orange and  buy an antique or collectible for those gift-giving occasions coming up this year.

The museum is located at 605 Orange Center Road in Orange, open every Saturday from 10-3.

A recent donation of dolls around the world will be available for sale in the weeks to come so put us on your calendar for our weekend adventures.

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

Oct 292014

sue palmerSusan Louise Short Palmer, age 71, of Orange, died October 15, 2014.

She was the devoted wife of Frederick Palmer for 47 years and mother of Carla Palmer, Arlington, MA and Debra Palmer Stratford, CT.

Daughter of the late John M. Short and Helen Ahrens Short. Sister of Judith (Thomas) Pryor, Gorham ME, Nancy (Richard) Ross, Milford, CT and Leslie (Eugene) Skibitsky, Dixfield, ME and aunt of many nieces and nephews.

She was a 1961 graduate of Milford High school and earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Southern CT State College.

She was a very enthusiastic kindergarten and nursery school teacher.

Susan was an active member of the First United Church of Christ in Milford, CT for over 65 years as a member of the choir, and many other positions including the Hospitality Committee, Christian Education, Music Committee, Deacon, as well as the Church Moderator.

She was a Mariner and Girl Scout as a child and continued in scouting as a lifetime member and a leader for her daughters.

She was an active member and volunteer for the Orange Country Fair committee, Orange and Milford Historical Societies, the CT Historical Automobile Society, the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, the Milford Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity.

Calling hours will be held Friday, Oct. 31, directly in the Fellowship Hall of the First United Church of Christ in Milford from 4 to 8 p.m.

A Memorial service at the Church will be held Saturday, Nov. 1 at 10:30 am. Interment will be private.

In Lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Cancer Research Institute, The American Cancer Society or The music fund at First United Church of Christ.

The arrangements are in the care of Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home, Milford. To leave condolences or for directions, visit www.georgejsmithandson.com 

Oct 252014

The AcademyThe Orange Historical Society will host a Tag Sale at The Academy this weekend.

This most likely is the last one until spring, so take some time to visit The Academy at 605 Orange Center Road on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The antique shop will be open as well so do some thrift shopping and holiday shopping at the same time. Don’t forget those fall weddings and hostess gifts for the unusual and distinctive collectibles.

For information call 203-795-3106

Oct 192014

7355383_origThe Orange Historical Society will host an open house at the Bryan-Andrew House, 131 Old Tavern Road (said to be the oldest house in Orange) on Sunday, Oct. 19 from 12-4 p.m.

Parking will be at the Old Tavern Road Baseball Complex with a shuttle bus running to and from the historic home.

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

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

The town of Orange purchased the Bryan-Andrew House (circa 1740) in 2000. The Bryan family was associated with Milford from its founding in 1639.

With grants from the State of Connecticut, donations, and fundraisers, the Orange Historical Society has restored the home. It will be used 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 site.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

In the summer of  2001 and 2002, an archeological dig took place at the home and artifacts unearthed are now cataloged and available for viewing.  If interested, call 203 795-3106 for an appointment.

Restoration is continuing with plaster walls and ceilings with original lath underneath to recreate the 1740 construction.  The fireplace in the parlor was altered many years ago and is now undergoing an original restoration.  The hearth brick which was obviously 20th century was removed to show the original red brick which is in excellent condition.

Originally  Published on: Oct 5, 2014 @ 19:05

Second Publishing on: Oct 12, 2014 @ 16:45 

Jul 162014

The AcademyThe Orange Historical Society will host a TAG SALE at The Academy, 605 Orange Center Road, across from the Green. on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Academy Museum Antique Shop also is open for tours and purchases.

If you missed the 20 % sale, watch for it again in August but in the meantime, check out the tag sale items offered this Saturday.

The museum antique shop is open every Saturday from 10-3.

For more information call 203 795-3106.

Jun 102014


Fresh Strawberry Shortcake

Fresh Strawberry Shortcake

The Orange Historical Society will be “on the road” again with participation in the Orange Congregational Church Strawberry Festival from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on the Orange Fairgrounds. 

Everything but the kitchen sink will be available at this wonderful event with the society adding to the festivities with their antiques and collectibles. 

In keeping with the day, the Church will present a Red Car and Truck event held in commemoration of the event.

Look for the red, white & blue antiques’ & collectible table at the OHS booth. 

For information call 203 795-3106.

May 052014


Frances Vadney greets customers at the Academy Museum Gift Shop.

Frances Vadney greets customers at the Academy Museum Gift Shop.

The Orange Historical Society Antique Shop is “on the road” again.  

They will be across the street on The Green for the annual Mother’s Day tag sale held by the Orange Congregational Church on Orange Center Road from 10-2 on Saturday May 10th.

In addition, The Academy Antique shop,  605 Orange Center Road, also will be open from
10-3 that day. 

 For information call 203 795-3106.

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