Publications and Museum Shop

Since our founding in 1970, we have been busy writing and publishing books on Chester history as well as reprinting old maps. Here is a description of what you can find when you visit our Museum Shop at our Chester Museum at The Mill. We are also happy to fill your order for books and maps. We would need a check (we’re sorry, we do not take credit cards or use Paypal), which you can mail to Chester Historical Society, PO Box 204, Chester, CT 06412. Please write us first at chestercthistoricalsociety@gmail.com so we can tell you the mailing cost.

Chester: Lost, Found, Remembered by Robert and Thomas Miceli, 2018. 97 pages with index. 7x10”. 100+ photos with stories of Chester life. “The guiding theme [of this book] is to present images of Chester that are all but forgotten, whether due to fading memories, the ever-changing landscape, or the rapidly evolving culture that characterizes the modern world.” $20

Kate Silliman’s Chester Scrapbook, edited and revised by Thelma Clark, 1986. 264 pages with index. 7x10”. A detailed, easy-to-read story of Chester past. $15.

Chester Voices from the Civil War by Keith Dauer and Sandy Senior-Dauer, 2012. 32 pages. 5.5 x 8.5”. Excerpts from letters home to Chester from two Civil War soldiers, with brief analysis of aspects of the war. $5.

The Waterhouse Grist Mill Saga by Nathan L. Jacobson, 2017. 104 pages. 6x9”. The first grist mill in Chester, likely built in the early 1700s by Abraham and Gideon Waterhouse, and why the mill was so important to the early settlers. Illustrated with schematic drawings and photos. $15 (Watch Nathan Jacobson’s program about the grist mill here.)

Pataconk and its Indians, a Brief History for Young People, by E.C. Hungerford, reprinted 2009. 24 pages. 5.25 x 8.5”. Originally written in the late 19th century by Edward C. Hungerford to tell details of daily life of Native Americans of the area. $5

Ferryboat, by Betsy and Giulio Maestro. Reprinted by the Chester Historical Society. 2017. 30 pages. 10x8.5”. Color. Beautifully illustrated child’s picture book about the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry. $13

From Meeting House to Mill, the Story of the Chester Historical Society, by Barbara S. Delaney, 2005. 24 pages. 5.5x8.5”. The history of the Chester Historical Society from its 1970 founding to 2000. To be updated in 2020. $5

“Att a Socioty Meetting” Compiled by Gwendolyn Orton-Jones, 1980. 64 pages with index. 8.5x5.5”. Briefly excerpted records of the Fourth Ecclesiastical Society of Saybrook 1741-1808, giving facts of the early years of the town that became Chester. $10

The Houses and History of Chester, revised edition, 1984. 152 pages with indexes. 8.5x5.5”. Facts and photos of 165 houses in Chester built before 1875. $10

Jonathan Warner, A Man of Parts, 1728-1810, by Gwendolyn and Harry Orton-Jones, 1977. 58 pages. 10x8.5”. Jonathan Warner was an early landowner, farmer and ferryman in Chester, whose house on Kings Highway is still one of the town’s distinguished residences. $5

Map of Chester c. 1795. Shows two streams of Pattaconk Brook and businesses along them. $5.

Map of Chester 1874. Shows town center and surrounding roads. $5

“View of Chester” 1883. Shows businesses. $3