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History of Old Saybrook

The Old Saybrook Historical Society welcomes you to its home page and invites you to navigate through to discover what we have to offer!  The rich history of Old Saybrook found in historical homes, artifacts, documents, letters, etc. was in danger of disappearing or being destroyed if an organization to implement the preservation of these items was not formed.  A group of twenty concerned citizens decided to address this serious problem by creating the Old Saybrook Historical Society in 1958.  Under the able direction of the first president, Frank Tinsley, a noted historian, author and scientific illustrator, a formal Constitution incorporating the Society was established in 1966. The Old Saybrook Historical Society is a 501 (c) (3) organization.

2021 House & Garden Tour

The annual House & Garden Tour fundraiser in August 2021 was a great success, bringing over 600 people into town to enjoy touring historic homes and gardens.

United States Coast Guard Traditional Jazz Band

In September 2021, the United States Coast Guard Traditional Jazz Band brought over 400 music fans to the Hart House Heritage Gardens for a free Sunday concert.

Miss James diploma

The Old Saybrook Historical Society loaned the framed 1908 Miss James diploma from the Brooklyn School of Pharmacy (she was the only woman in the class) for the exhibit “Health, Healing and Addiction in the 19th Century” at the Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum. Exhibit is open until October17, 2021

Brownie Visit & Program

It truly was so much fun to watch 18 children “frolic” through the garden Dingle during this Earth Day celebration with an Old Saybrook Brownie troop. It was a beautiful day and one could not stop smiling watching these children.  Bonnie Penders, along with Ann Shea, from the OS Garden Club and the Troop leader, organized the event. There were games to play, a scavengers hunt, twirling scarf dancing, earth talks and hands-on plant lessons.

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