Pastimes in Past Times: Chester at Play

Our seasonal exhibit for 2015 is “Pastimes in Past Times: Chester at Play,” curated by Keith Dauer and Sandy Senior-Dauer. From dolls and blocks to Lotto and Erector Sets, the exhibit focuses on the ways Chester families spent their leisure time indoors, as well as outdoors with baseball games and winter sports such as sledding and skating.

Streams of Change

Discover how the Chester community lived and prospered through changing economic conditions by utilizing natural resources, evolving technologies and ingenuity in this award-winning permanent exhibit on the second floor of the museum.

Events and Programs

Vintage Ballgame

The historical societies of Chester, Deep River and Essex are teaming up to present their second annual Vintage Base Ball game on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Devitt Field in Deep River. The 2 p.m. game will be free to the public

Chester Museum at The Mill

9 West Main Street Entrance

Located at an historic 1860s mill site overlooking a waterfall, Chester Museum at The Mill features two floors of award-winning permanent and seasonal changing exhibits.  While the Society has been active since 1970, the building was purchased in 2000 and opened as a museum in 2009.  Located in Chester Center, it also serves as the office for the Society and holds much of its collections and archives.

9 West Main Street Entrance

Discover Chester's History

Chester Center, 1914

The Chester Historical Society promotes an interest in the history of Chester Connecticut as a prototypical New England small town that has survived and thrived by adapting to cultural, economic, and demographic changes since its settlement in the mid 1600s.  

Chester Center, 1914