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and share Torrington's history

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and share Torrington's history

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Visit • Discover • Learn

Located in three historic buildings in downtown Torrington, the Torrington Historical Society is home to the Torrington History Museum, the Hotchkiss-Fyler House Museum and the John H. Thompson Library & Archive. The Society also owns the West Torrington site where noted abolitionist John Brown was born. 

We invite you to discover the history of Torrington by touring our exhibits and house museum, attending programs and events, using our research library or visiting the John Brown Birthplace. All are welcome.

History Museum


Hotchkiss-Fyler House
Guided Tours


The John H. Thompson
Library & Archive


Summer Concerts in the beautiful Hotchkiss Flyer Garden

Summer Concerts in the beautiful Hotchkiss Flyer Garden

Our Summer Concerts in the Garden are Back! Saturday July 13, 6:30 p.m.

The Peter McEachern and David Santoro Quintet kicks off the season with Peter on trombone, Dave on bass, Mike DiRubbo on sax, Mike Carabello on piano and Jimmy Gavagan on drums.  (more details in our Upcoming Events segment to the right).

August 24 join us for “It’s My Time Now” which proudly presents women and men expressing their confidence, courage, talent and language using the art of drumming, songs and storytelling.


Eight women drummers

Soulful Sounds by Suzanne Whitney

Angaza Mwando and drummers

Storytelling by Effie Mwando of Our Culture is Beautiful

Book your seats early for our Fall programming! From Connecticut’s Early Mills to Life in the Nocturnal City to Mascots of the Civil War, there is something for everyone.

Fall Programs

Our 2024 Adult Educational Programs are sponsored by Torrington Savings Bank. Thank you!

Upcoming Events

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History Education Center Community Forum

Watch • Learn • Share

The link below will bring you to our History Education Center web page. Here you can learn more about this transformational project, watch a video presentation from the community forum, and access an online form to share your thoughts and ideas with us.