(for current museum exhibitions, see Exhibits)
June through October: Saturdays 10 am-4 pm, Sundays 10 am-4 pm
By appointment: Call Skip Hubbard (860-526-5765)
There is no admission charge, however, we gratefully accept donations.
General: Chester Museum at The Mill and the offices of Chester Historical Society are located at 9 West Main Street (Route 148) just a few steps west of Chester Center. Parking for 5 cars is available at the museum. Park also in town center.
From the East: Take I-95 South, then Exit 69 after crossing CT River. Drive Route 9 North, taking Exit 6, turn right on Route 148. Center of town is one mile, with museum a hard right just before reaching town.
From the West: Take I-95 North, then Exit 69. Drive Route 9 North, taking Exit 6, turn right onto Route 148. Center of town is one mile, with museum a hard right just before reaching town.
From the North: Take I-91 South to Route 9 South. Drive to Exit 6, make a left at bottom of exit onto Route 148. Center of town is one mile, with museum a hard right just before reaching town.
A mid-1800s mill site which was powered by the nearby Pattaconk Brook serves as the location for Chester Museum at The Mill and the offices of Chester Historical Society. The attractive two-story building, just west of Chester Center, was purchased by the Society in 2000-2001 and was renovated over a period of years by the Society for its current usage. Numerous windows on both floors, as well as a deck, overlook a waterfall and the Pattaconk Brook.
The Chester Historical Society proudly opened Chester Museum at The Mill in May 2010. Its award-winning permanent exhibit Streams of Change: Life and Industry Along the Pattaconk interprets the growth and evolution of Chester and how the town adapted over three hundred years.
Within months after opening, Streams of Change was recognized for excellence by historical associations and received two coveted 2011 Awards of Merit.
2011 Award of Merit: Exhibits – Connecticut League of History Organizations
2011 Leadership in History Award of Merit – American Assoc. of State and Local History
The second floor houses the permanent exhibit, while the first floor is used for changing, theme-based, seasonal exhibits. Our 2013 exhibit, which will be called “Over the River and Through the Woods,” will focus on different modes of transportation in Chester over a 100-year period. (See also Exhibits.)