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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


North End, Smiths Pharmacy and JerryKitz

North End, Smiths Pharmacy and JerryKitz

West End, South End, Litchfield Street, Migeon Ave – where was your neighborhood? Each Torrington neighborhood in the 1930s and 1940s had its own distinctive character – from eating places to theaters, schools and churches, ethnic groups and customs to favorite pastimes, haunts and memorable events. Join us for an evening of childhood recollections as our panel takes us back in time as they share their fondest and most memorable neighborhood experiences. As space is limited, please save your place by signing up using the link below

Neighborhood Stories

Also, save the dates for our Jazz Concerts (see Events in the sidebar) and check out our fall programming on Eventbrite. From Connecticut’s Early Mills to Life in the Nocturnal City to Mascots of the Civil War, there is something for everyone. Tickets available now by visiting our Eventbrite page or by using the links in the Events section.

2024 Adult Educational Programs are sponsored by Torrington Savings Bank.

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.